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LPTS recognizes students from the 154th graduating class

by Louisville Seminary | Jul 15, 2007
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary wishes to recognize the 47 men and women who earned degrees, certificates, and diplomas in preparation for ordination and other ministerial leadership at the 154th Commencement exercises held May 20, 2007.

The following degrees were conferred: Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Ministry. The Certificate in Pastoral Counseling Supervision was awarded to six individuals, and three individuals received the Diploma in Pastoral Studies through the Commissioned Lay Pastors program supported by Louisville Seminary. Benjamin Robbins received dual degrees in both the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Business Administration with the University of Louisville, and Charles Tinsley Stewart earned the dual Master of Arts in Religion and the Master of Arts in Spirituality with Bellarmine University.

During the ceremony, held for the first time since 1961 at Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Ky., the following awards were presented:

Cindy Louise Guertin received the Alum Award for the Outstanding Graduating Senior, which honors the graduate who has excelled in all facets of his or her education and potential for ministry.

Jack W. Mong received The Allen M. Jackson Preaching Award, presented by the Anchorage Presbyterian Church, Kentucky, to an outstanding male student preacher.

Keri L. Shelton was the recipient of The Melanie Lane Preaching Award for outstanding female student preacher.

Nathan J. Esser was the recipient of The Pastoral Ministry Award, which honors the graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding promise for parish ministry.

Cindy Louise Guertin and Emily Marie Schwartz were awarded The Westminster/John Knox Press Award for Creative Integration of Theology and Marriage and Family Therapy, which recognizes a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding creativity and ability to bring together theology, one’s personal faith tradition, and marriage and family therapy theory into the clinical practice of marriage and family therapy.

Jorge O. Gonzalez received The Esther Horner Award, which is the only prize whose recipient, selected by the graduating class, is a graduating senior who has made the greatest contribution to campus community life.

Jack W. Mong was also the recipient of The Field Education Award, which is provided by the Presbyterian Women of St. Andrew Presbytery and is given to a graduating senior who has shown outstanding accomplishments in his or her field education placements while maintaining a “B” average in other course work. Susan Ellen Skinner was awarded The Joseph T. Sudduth Award, which honors the graduating senior who has demonstrated achievement in biblical studies.

Jamesetta F. Ferguson received The James W. Tinsley Prize, which honors a graduating senior who has demonstrated commitment and perseverance in preparation for ministry.

Cindy Louise Guertin also received The Bernice Bean and Gladys Kendall Prize, presented to the graduate who, in the judgment of the Faculty, has demonstrated a superior record of academic achievement.

Adam Brian Fischer was awarded The George and Jean Edwards Award in the Interpretation of Scripture to Christian Life, which recognizes the ability of a student to relate Scripture to critical issues confronting the church and society, especially in areas of peace and justice.

Leslie Elna Latham received the Andrew Patterson Memorial Fellowship in Biblical Theology, which honors the graduating senior who has exhibited special interest and talent in biblical theology.

The call or placement process for seminary graduates can often take up to 18 months following graduation, with many graduates working on job searches during the summer months.

Placement profiles of graduates seeking ministerial calls are available on the Seminary’s website. As students are cleared by their Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM), they are invited to post their personal information. The profile provides the student an opportunity to introduce him or herself and describe experiences and hopes for continuing the ministry of Jesus Christ in the world. As students receive a call, the profile is removed from the site. This means that there are frequent additions and subtractions of profiles; check the website often for new profiles.

The graduating class of 2007 included (with hometown, previous degree, and ministry placement if known):

Master of Arts in Religion

Loyda Puig Aja, Cuba - University of Louisville-KY, BA
Manager, Office of the Stated Clerk, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Center, Louisville, KY

aaron robert guldenschuh gatten, Fayetteville, NC - St. Andrews Presbyterian College-NC, BA
Volunteers of America, Louisville, KY

Karl K. Lusk Jr., Lexington, KY - Iowa State University, BS
Pastor, Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, Campbellsville, KY

David Matthew Ramsey, Louisville, KY - Southern Baptist Theological Seminary-KY, MSW; Murray State University-KY, BS
United States Army Military Police School Regimental Chaplain, Fort Leonard Wood, MO

Charles Tinsley Stewart, Louisville, KY - Georgetown College-KY, BA
Physician, Occupational Kinetics Rehabilitation/Pain Management, Louisville, KY

Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy

Cindy Louise Guertin, Seattle, WA - Whitworth College-WA, BA
Clinical Specialist, Maryhurst School, Louisville, KY

Emily Marie Schwartz, Tallahassee, FL - Rhodes College-TN, BA
Completing Episcopal M.Div. requirements, General Theological Seminary, New York City, NY

Matthew A. Vanderhyde, Grand Rapids, MI - Hope College-MI, BA
Seeking Placement

Master of Divinity

Kimberly Brown Cabrera, Louisville, KY - State University of New York-Potsdam, BM
Director of Christian Education, Harvey Brown Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY

Ted W. Chalk, Batesville, IN- Indiana University Southeast-IN, BS
Pastor, New Middletown United Methodist Church, New Middletown, IN

Nathan J. Esser, Fredrick, MD - Shippensburg University-PA, BA
Interim Director of Youth Ministry, Second Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY

Jamesetta R. Ferguson, Louisville, KY - University of Louisville-KY, MEd; Central State University-OH, BS
Pastor, Saint Peter's Evangelical United Church of Christ, Louisville, KY

Adam Brian Fischer, Coeur d'Alene, ID - Albertson College-ID, BA
Th.M. student, LPTS

Mark Asiedu Frimpong, Ghana - University of Cape Coast (Ghana), BS
Seeking a Call

Jorge O. Gonzalez, Sotomayor, Santurce, Puerto Rico - Universidad de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico), BA
CPE Residency, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, KY

Robert M. Hill, Merritt Island, FL - Presbyterian College-SC, BA
Seeking a Call

Katherine Elizabeth Hopta, Huntington, WV - Queens College-NC, BA
Seeking a Call

Terry A. Johnson, Lubbock, TX - Texas Tech University, BS
Student Supply, First Presbyterian Church, Eminence, KY

Leslie Elna Latham, Bath, NY - Keuka College-NY, BA
Seeking a Call

Jack W. Mong, Oil City, PA
CPE Residency, Norton Hospital, Louisville, KY

Mary Ann Petro, Braddock, PA - Miami University-OH. MS Washington & Jefferson College-PA, BA
CPE Residency, Gundersen Lutheran Hospital, La Cross, WI

Clinton A. Randall, Midland, MI - Hope College-MI, BA
Seeking a Call

Benjamin Wesley Robbins, Beaver, PA - Westminster College-PA, BS
Seeking a Call

Sarah E. Robbins, Mansfield, OH - Westminster College-PA, BA
Seeking a Call

Keri L. Shelton, Omaha, NE - Graceland University-IA, BA
Student Supply, St. Andrews Presbyterian Kirk, Nassau, Bahamas

Susan Ellen Skinner, Berryville, VA - Florida State University, BS
Seeking a Call

Bonnie L. Stephens Canizaro, Austin, TX - George Washington University-DC, MA; University of Texas-Austin, BA; University of Houston-TX, BS
Seeking a Call

Jerald Eugene Turner, Kokomo, IN - Indiana University Southeast-IN, BS
Pastor, Petersville United Methodist Church, Columbus, IN

William Richard Upchurch, Frankfort, KY - Western Kentucky University-KY, BA
Seeking a Call

Patricia S. Watson, Idaho Falls, ID - Elon College-NC, BA
Pastor, Salem United Methodist Church, Keedysville, MD

In the programs for postgraduate degrees, certificate, and diploma studies, individuals already serving in ministerial positions or serving as lay ministers in congregations received the following recognitions:

Master of Theology

Yi-Fian Chih, Hualien, Taiwan - Tainan Theological College & Seminary (Taiwan), MDiv; Soochow University (Taiwan), BA
Thesis: Infant Stage: Face Stage – Face-to-face Relationship

Chan Woo Lee, South Korea - Daegu University (Korea), BS
Pastor, Presbyterian Church of Anniston, Anniston, AL

Doctor of Ministry (Thesis Title)

David DillardFinding Hope in a Context of Severe Mental Illness

Daniel H. GrossoehmeDeveloping a Spiritual Screening Tool for Hospitalized Children’s and Adolescents’ Spiritual Needs and Resources

Robert Gary KellyUnderstanding Evil: An Educational Conversation with a Congregation

Bonnie MacDonaldResponding to Clergy Sexual Misconduct: Facilitating Congregational Healing and Restoration

Gary M. SchaarContradictory Expectations and the Impact on Church Size

Rollin H. TarterEquipping a Middle Governing Body to Minister to Impaired Pastors and their Congregations

Certificate in Pastoral Counseling Supervision
Granted to persons who are completing postgraduate training in pastoral counseling supervision

    Kathleen Weaver Kurtz
    Nancy Long
    Christopher D. O’Rear
    Douglas M. Thorpe
    Barry G. Winstead
    Mary Ellen Yates

Diploma in Pastoral Studies
Granted to persons who are preparing to serve as commissioned lay pastors in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and have completed a two-year course of study in accordance with the Book of Order.

    R. Dale Davis
    Karen L. Napier
    William R. Wright

Master of Arts in Spirituality
This degree is a joint program between Louisville Seminary and Bellarmine University. Degrees were conferred upon the first graduating class of the degree program by Bellarmine University on May 12, 2007.

    Stuart Edgar Alexander Jr. (posthumously)
    Mary Lisa Bickett
    Susan Carlin
    Michelle Yvette Lori
    Karen Sue Mason
    Susan Michelle Graves Meiners
    Teresa Jane Powell
    Virginia Lee Schaeffer
    Elizabeth Hopkin Thatcher Smith
    Charles Tinsley Stewart
    Alice Marie Wissing

The mission of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is to follow God’s calling through the church to educate men and women to participate in the redemptive ministry of Jesus Christ in the world. Founded in 1853, the Seminary offers an inclusive and diverse community, welcoming individuals from wider ecumenical backgrounds. The Seminary is one of ten institutions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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