GCS Graduation 2013
On August 4, 2013, Grace Communion Seminary conducted its first-ever graduation ceremony in conjunction with the international meeting of Grace Communion International in Orlando, Florida. Here are some of the photos taken by Doug Johannsen and Janet Morrison.
While Phyllis Duke played "Pomp and Circumstance," the Board of Directors, the faculty and the students filed in. President Russell Duke led the procession, followed by Chairman of the Board Joseph Tkach and board member Dan Rogers.
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Right to left: Dean of Faculty Mike Morrison, Registrar Susan Earle, Board members Ron Kelly, John McKenna, Mike Feazell (emeritus), and Gary Deddo (faculty).
Graduating students, right to left: Ken Williams, Mike Swagerty, Karl Reinagel, John Huffman, Bill Ford, Bonnie Fairchild, and Sam Butler. Each graduate carries the academic hood on the right arm.
Students and faculty lined up on the first row. To the right of the seven graduates are faculty members Eric Wilding, Ted Johnston, Neil Earle, Gary Deddo, then Mike Feazell, John McKenna, and Ron Kelly.
Sandy Swagerty, wife of graduate Mike Swagerty, gave the invocation. Then everyone joined in singing "Holy, Holy, Holy" and "Amazing Grace - My Chains Are Gone."
After faculty member Pat Shaw read Matthew 17:1-8, Russell Duke gave the commencement address, titled "Reconciliation in Transfiguration."
Part 2: Awarding degrees
After Dean of Faculty Mike Morrison presented the candidates for the Master of Pastoral Studies degree, and President Russell Duke accepted the candidates, they came forward in alphabetical order. Joseph Tkach and Dan Rogers placed the hood over their heads, and Russell Duke gave them the diplomas.
Sam Butler. His thesis was titled "Church and Community: Staying Relevant in a Changing World."
Bonnie Fairchild. Thesis: "Persons of All Races Are Included in God’s Plan to Adopt Humanity"
Bill Ford, "Thomas F. Torrance and the Problem of Limited Atonement: Faith Seeking Understanding for a Pastor’s Theology of Ministry"
John Huffman, "An Argument Against the Teachings of the Immortal Soul"
Karl Reinagel, "The Role of Encouragement in Pastoral Ministry"
Mike Swagerty, "Church Growth in America: Whose Responsibility Is It?"
Merv Walton, with a thesis titled "Ethics in the Prison Epistles," lives in Singapore and was unable to attend in Orlando. We gave him his diploma when he was in California in June.
Ken Williams, "Marriage Is Good, But Is It a Sacrament?"
GCS students may read the theses online at https://learn.gcs.edu/course/view.php?id=23#section-3.
After the ceremony
Front row: Board of directors: Russell Duke, Dan Rogers, Ron Kelly, Joseph Tkach, Mike Feazell (emeritus), Pat Shaw, and John McKenna.
Center row: Graduates: Bonnie Fairchild, Mike Swagerty, Karl Reinagel, Ken Williams, Bill Ford, John Huffman, and Sam Butler.
Back row: Faculty and staff: Susan Earle, Neil Earle, Ted Johnston, Mike Morrison, Eric Wilding, and Gary Deddo.
Graduates: Karl Reinagel, Ken Williams, Mike Swagerty, Bonnie Fairchild, Sam Butler, John Huffman, and Bill Ford