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  On the morning of May 13th, WBS held its 40th annual commencement ceremony. Highlights included Dr. Cockerill’s commencement address, the graduation of our first Shepherd Project (formerly Mission Possible) students (one of whom was able to attend), our first M.A. Apologetics graduates, Dr. Neihof’s charge to the class, and the lively singing of hymns...
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CJ Rhodes grew up in a Mississippi railroad town still racially divided twenty years after the watershed years of the Civil Rights Movement. That divided world formatively allowed him to deeply appreciate the tragicomic story of Americans of African descent, while also being intentional about cross-racial relationships. He was called to the gospel ministry two...
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Rev. Jeff Lawrence is in his second year of The John Case Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership for Transformational Ministry. He shared with us about his experience with the D.Min. program and its impact on his life and ministry. What is your background? I am a fourth generation Methodist. I attended a small rural...
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by Dr. Matt Friedeman Remember the country comedy show “Hee-Haw” and its greatest hits? Probably not, but one of them started like this: Gloom, despair, and agony on me Deep, dark depression, excessive misery If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all Gloom, despair, and agony on me That was the...
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“Thank You, America, for sending missionaries,” Dr. Paul Tashiro says, “for without your missionaries—the ones who came from your nation to mine back in the 1940’s— only God knows who I’d be or what I’d be doing right now…” Paul Tashiro was born in 1933 to Zen-Buddhist parents running a geisha-girl house in Tokyo, Japan....
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Note: Following is a summary of Dr. Chris Lohrstorfer’s book There’s No Place Like Home: Hope and Help on Your Journey toward Heaven. Enjoy and support his efforts by ordering a copy for yourself and/or a friend on the journey here. It would make an excellent gift. by Dr. Chris Lohrstorfer The human hope of something...
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For the Summer 2016 Extended Edition of the WBS Compass, we interviewed Sarah Lee (MA ’08) about her ministry. I have been serving as the director of children, youth and families at St. Peter’s UMC in Ocean City, NJ for five years. I’ve had the great privilege of watching my first generation of church kids go...
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For the Summer 2016 Extended Edition of the WBS Compass, we interviewed Samuel Bolen (MDiv ’13) about his ministry. I serve as the local missions pastor and young adult pastor at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison, Mississippi. As Local Missions Pastor, my passion is to see Christians in my suburban community connect across racial, geographical, and socioeconomic lines with their...
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For the Summer 2016 Extended Edition of the WBS Compass, we interviewed John Rinehimer (MA ’06) about his ministry. “Upon graduating from WBS, my wife Erica and I moved to Uganda. With fellow WBS alumni Billy and Joanna Coppedge, we helped establish and train 14 indigenous pastors to plant reproducing churches in Northern Uganda and Southern Sudan. I then...
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Check out the 2016 Summer Compass! Included in this special extended edition are: some highlights from Commencement and the 2016 Graduate and Alumni Banquet, Alumni in the Trenches of Local Church Ministry, testimonies from a D.Min. and Mission Possible student, faculty articles, an update and vision for our financial development, and much more!
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