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Bethlehem, Pa., February 26, 2008—Moravian Theological Seminary (MTS) will honor two alumni for their outstanding life’s work during the 2008 Alumni Reunion Luncheon on Thursday, March 6. The Rev. Dr. Douglas W. Caldwell, senior pastor of Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pa., will be presented with the 2008 John Hus Award for his faithful commitment to parish ministry that has remained vital throughout his 39-year career. The Rev. Dianne Kareha will receive the Bishop Edwin W. Kortz Pastoral Counseling Award for her successful career combining pastoral counseling and pastoral ministry as chaplain in service to the residents at Luther Crest retirement home.
Caldwell’s numerous leadership roles within the community have forged and strengthened important bonds between the Central Moravian Church and organizations including Moravian College, the Bach Choir, St. Luke’s Hospital, the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, and the Bethlehem Area Chamber of Commerce.
Caldwell served the Moravian Church as vice president of the Eastern District Executive Board for 12 years. He was a founding member of Moravian Hall Square; the FOSTER Fund the Executive Board of Bethlehem Area Moravians, Inc.; and the Moravian Development Corporation and Moravian Village, Inc. He was also a founding member and president of the MTS Alumni Association.
After his graduation from Moravian College in 1966 and Moravian Theological Seminary in 1969, and ordination in the Moravian Church, Caldwell served the Reading and College Hill churches before joining the pastoral team at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem in 1983. He was awarded the Doctorate in Ministry degree from Drew University in 1985.
At Central, Caldwell played a key role in establishing a partnership with the Sikonge Moravian Church in Tanzania, East Africa. He helped to implement the construction of a new church building for Sikonge and encouraged the work of Central members, Dr. Hoffman and Dr. Kraybill, as they initiated HIV/AIDS protocols and organized the Orphans’ Program.
Caldwell is the author of several magazine articles, a newspaper series, and co-author of the book, Let Us Go Over to Bethlehem, with the Rev. Carol Reifinger, his colleague of 23 years,
The Rev. Dianne Kareha is the fifth recipient of the Kortz Award. In addition to her role of chaplain at Luther Crest, she serves as director of music at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fogelsville, Pa. and parish associate for First Presbyterian Church, Allentown, Pa.
After completing her Master of Science in Education degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 and her Master of Divinity degree at MTS in 1993, Kareha continued on at Moravian to earn her The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling degree in 1997. She was awarded the Pastoral Counseling prize at graduation.
Grief counseling is a major focus of her ministry as residents, staff, and family members at Luther Crest. She is very involved in the spiritual life of the residents, leading worship and conducting Bible studies several times a week.
The John Hus Award honors “an alumnus or alumna, who, through outstanding service and loyalty to ministry, has brought distinction to the work of the ministry and to Moravian Theological Seminary." Any graduate of the seminary may be nominated for the award. The honor is named for John Hus, a priest who spoke for Biblical reform in the 1400s. He believed that Biblical authority was higher than church authority. Hus was burned at the stake for his beliefs in 1415, but some of his followers went on to create the Moravian Church
The Bishop Edwin W. Kortz Pastoral Counseling Award, which is awarded to a Moravian Theological Seminary alumnus or alumna in recognition of his or her achievement in the field. Kortz, who died in 2002, taught at the seminary and was also executive director of the Board of World Mission. He was mentor to many seminary students.
Moravian Theological Seminary offers graduate degrees and continuing education programs to prepare men and women for effective leadership and service in congregational, counseling, teaching, and other ministries. The Seminary is rooted in the Moravian faith tradition—centered in Jesus Christ, grounded in Scripture, ecumenical in spirit, committed to community, and focused on missional leadership.