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Moravian Theological Seminary Commencement marks 200th Academic Year

Rev. Dr. Rochelle Stackhouse to present Commencement Address

Bethlehem, Pa., May 10, 2007—Commencement ceremonies marking the conclusion of the 200th academic year of Moravian Theological Seminary will be held on Saturday, May 12 at 4 p.m. in Central Moravian Church. Master’s degrees will be conferred upon 15 students. The Commencement Address will be given by the Rev. Dr. Rochelle Stackhouse, senior pastor of the Church of the Redeemer UCC in New Haven, Connecticut.

Stackhouse served as an adjunct faculty member in the Pastoral Theology department at the Seminary from 2003 to 2006, teaching the introductory and advanced preaching courses. Ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1982, she has served pastorates in Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As a professor of Worship and Preaching, she has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Lancaster, New Brunswick, and Hartford Seminaries. She is a regular contributor to theological journals and publications, and author of the book, The Language of the Psalms in Worship.  She received her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from Drew University.

In preparation for work in professional ministry, five students will receive the Master of Divinity: Jeffrey Bauer (Macungie, Pennsylvania), Rebecca Craver (Winston-Salem, North Carolina), Steven Hamilton (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Deborah Hoffman (Effort, Pennsylvania), and Andrew Kilps (Verona, Wisconsin).

Five students from the Lehigh Valley area will receive the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling. Prepared to serve as professional pastoral counselors are: Patricia Brekne (Easton), Ginny Gemmel (Emmaus), and from Bethlehem, Margaret Hubbard, Lori Young, and Tara Zrinski.

The degree of Master of Arts in Theological Studies will be conferred upon five students who will serve in a variety of theological settings: Gregory Ellis and Kathy Smith (both from Whitehall, Pennsylvania), Donald Hullenbaugh (Allentown, Pennsylvania), Jill Peters (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania), and Revocatus Meza (Mbeya, Tanzania).

Rebecca Craver was chosen by the graduating class to present the Senior Address, “We Aren’t Waiting Anymore.”  A candidate for ministry in the Moravian Church, Rebecca has accepted a call to serve in team ministry at Edgeboro Moravian Church in Bethlehem.

A reception following the graduation ceremony will be held in the Haupert Union Building located on the Moravian College campus on the corner of Monocacy and Locust Streets.

Moravian Theological Seminary is the seminary of the Moravian Church in the United States. The seminary awards three degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, and Master of Arts in Theological Studies. The institution also awards certificates in theological studies. For more information visit the Seminary on the Web at: http://www.moravianseminary.edu.