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Spring 2021 Commencement Exercises Master of Divinity

Order of Service

Prelude - This is My Father's World, arr. Anna Laura Page

Processional - O Worship the King, arr. Ed Dunbar

Hymn - All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name, arr. Richard Huggins

Invocation - David Jones, Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Dean for Theological Studies, Professor of Christian Ethics

Greeting - Mark Liederbach, Vice President for Student Services, Dean of Students, Professor of Theology, Ethics and Culture

Hymn - In Christ Alone, arr. Dave Cleveland/David Angerman

Scripture Reading - Karen Swallow Prior, Research Professor of English and Christianity and Culture

Charge to Graduates - Daniel L. Akin, President, Professor of Preaching and Theology, Ed Young, Sr. Chair of Preaching

Prayer of Dedication - Charles Quarles, Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Charles Page Chair of Biblical Theology

Conferring of Degrees - Keith Whitfield, Provost, Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor of Theology

The Seminary Hymn - For the Cause, by Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend

Benediction - Ronjour Locke,Director of Center for Preaching and Pastoral Leadership, Instructor of Preaching and Urban Ministry

Recessional - Ode to Joy, arr. Gordon Young

Master of Arts

Our Vocational and General Master of Arts degree offers a foundation in biblical studies and theology and also allows students to study in a particular discipline. The program takes most students 2-3 years to finish.

Master of Arts in Christian Education

  • Kathryn Marie Weaver - Charleston, SC

Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership

  • Lance N. Claggett - Smithfield, RI

Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity is a Seminary program designed to prepare pastors, missionaries, and other Christian workers for a life of effective kingdom service. Within three academic years of full-time study, the MDiv program prepares Christian ministers by enabling them to gain a basic understanding of Scripture, Christian history, theology and ministry skills within the Christian worldview.

* - 2020 Graduate // ia - in absentia

Master of Divinity with Advanced Standing

  • Preston Cordell Bowman - Icard, NC
  • Brandon Wade Brigance - Gentry, AR
  • Nancy Chambers* - Chengdu, China
  • Derek John Cominskie* - Virginia Beach, VA
  • Colin James Crawford - Tulsa, OK
  • Neal Pittman Dose - McDonough, GA
  • Michael Leland Frye* - Lynchburg, VA
  • Zachary Evan McCraw - Greensboro, NC
  • Cody Michael Moser - Noble, OK
  • Samuel Aaron Thai Nelson - Arlington, VA
  • Jonathan Edwards Ransom - Bladenboro, NC
  • Thomas Edward Reid* - Kannapolis, NC
  • Chancellor Barrett Stillwell - Clayton, NC
  • David Kenneth Swan - Raleigh, NC
  • Wesley Evan Treadway - Durham, NC
  • Brandon Dale Walls - Durham, NC
  • Zach Taylor Welliver - McDonough, GA
  • Joshua Benjamin Woolbright - Townville, SC
  • Ashish Bhandari, ia - Dhulikhel, Nepal
  • Jonathan Andrew Gentry, ia - The Colony, TX
  • Adam Christopher Kelley, ia - Wynnewood, OK
  • Michael S. Mahan, ia - Richmond, VA
  • Camden Forrest Spigle, ia - Buchanan, VA

Master of Divinity with Advanced Biblical Studies

  • Gihwan Lee - Incheon, South Korea
  • Joshua Eugene Starr - Chesapeake, VA

Master of Divinity with Biblical Counseling

  • Rebekah Marie Arnold - McKenzie, TN
  • Reed Colson Hernandez* - Forest, VA
  • Luke Alexander Hughes - Wake Forest, NC
  • Joshua Luke Akin, ia - Locust Grove, GA
  • William Andrew Gambill, ia - Andrews, NC

Master of Divinity with Christian Apologetics

  • Jacob Scott Lewis - Bladenboro, NC
  • Jared Jeffery Long - Appling, GA

Master of Divinity with Christian Ethics

  • Kara Colleen Blalock - Charlotte, NC
  • Andrew William Hawthorne - Chesnee, SC

Master of Divinity with Christian Ministry

  • Rebecca Branson Barnes* - Savannah, GA
  • J.R. Beaver - Kannapolis, NC
  • Michael George Borton - Supply, NC
  • Taylor Alexander Braswell - Charlotte, NC
  • Andrew Bradley Cagle - Belmont, NC
  • Nathan Paul Claggett - Contoocook, NH
  • Kathleen Susan Coker - Hartsville, SC
  • Bradley Clinton Darst - Greensboro, NC
  • Nathanial Jalynn Drake - Powder Springs, GA
  • Bradley Austin Eaves - Meridian, MS
  • Kameron Adam Farmer - Redlands, CA
  • Joseph Luke Folsom* - Milton, GA
  • Roy Garza - Houston, TX
  • Brogan Charles Gaskill - Rock Hill, SC
  • Lauren Sarah Giantaglia - Palatka, FL
  • Rodolfo Giantaglia - Ribeirao Preto, Brazil
  • Chandler Lee Gibbs - Lexington, SC
  • Jordan Wesley Gibson - Naples, FL
  • Jacob Thomas Griffin - Cornelia, GA
  • Daniel Frank Harrington* - Largo, FL
  • Sellers Nicholson Hickman* - Kennesaw, GA
  • Luke Michael Huertas - Tampa, FL
  • Trevor Jordan Hughes - Auburn, GA
  • Christopher Gregg Jacobsen - Broadview Heights, OH
  • Chase Matthew Jenkins - Durham, NC
  • Tyler Cody Johnson - Jefferson City, TN
  • Robert Hugh Johnston - Birmingham, AL
  • Matthew Russell Karr - Ormond Beach, FL
  • Young Soo Kim - Seoul, South Korea
  • Jarrod Russell Kinsey - Cedartown, GA
  • Ian David Kitchen - Concord, NC
  • Hunter Brook Lee - Satsuma, AL
  • Dorn Ralph Majure, III - Mobile, AL
  • Jonathan Daniel McNeal - Augusta, GA
  • Harold William Merritt, Jr. - Louisville, KY
  • Kylie Ann Nguyen - Fort Mill, SC
  • Andrew Russell Page - Franklin, VA
  • Dillon Thomas Pegram* - Winston-Salem, NC
  • Daniel James Ripley - Glen Allen, VA
  • Cole Allan Rogers - Raleigh, NC
  • James Clint Saxon - Watertown, WI
  • Phillip Thomas Scarnecchia - Jacksonville, FL
  • Lucas David Shubert - Hickory, NC
  • Clessie Simmons, III - Augusta GA
  • Kevin Sterling Smith - Lindsay, OK
  • Stephen A. Starr - Jonesboro, GA
  • Ralph Barre Summer - Newberry, SC
  • Andrew Quinn Toney - Carrollton, GA
  • Kyle Gregory Totty* - Chesapeake, VA
  • Lemanuel Rashad Williams - Rocky Mount, NC
  • David Eugene Wilson - Hulbert, OK
  • David Webb Wright - Simsbury, CT
  • Chad Michael Austin, ia - Monroe, NC
  • Matthew Henry Beasley, ia - Norman, OK
  • John DeLancey Beward, ia - Winter Haven, FL
  • Francisco Xavier Cancel-Carlo, ia - Lexington, SC
  • John Cory Combs, ia - Elkin, NC
  • Kyle Adam Culbertson, ia - Columbus, OH
  • Mark Ethan Drum, ia - Lincolnton, NC
  • David Alexander Eudy, ia - Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Rebecca Ferguson, ia - Columbia, SC
  • Harvey Wilson Gouch, III, ia - Charlotte, NC
  • Addison Hamrick, ia - Charleston, SC
  • Kendall John Harris, ia - Amarillo, TX
  • James David Houck, ia - Jacksonville NC
  • Christina Sweeney Hillesheim, ia - Natchitoches, LA
  • Yuijun Lee, ia - Centreville, VA
  • Erin Leigh McAnnally, ia - Marietta, GA
  • Philip McCombs, ia - Houston, TX
  • Nathan Reese Miller, ia - Apex, NC
  • Daniel James NeSmith, ia - Watkinsville, GA
  • Joel Daniel Schofield, ia - North Chelmsford, MA
  • Scott Thomas Tuminello, ia - Flowood, MS
  • Dale Andrew Wood, Jr., - ia Summerville, SC
  • William Dallas Wilson, - ia Simpsonville, SC
  • Ronald Dakota-Durant Winterton, ia - Cary, NC

Master of Divinity with International Church Planting

  • James Richard Buckley, Jr. - Pfafftown, NC
  • Jeremy Hunter Simmons* - Columbia, SC

Master of Divinity with Ministry Leadership

  • Hunter M. Johnson - Florence, SC

Master of Divinity with Missiology

  • Willem Glenn Ballard - Warner Robins, GA
  • Jennifer Ruiz Duncan* - Cottondale, FL
  • Ashlee Nicole Hilburn - Cerro Gordo, NC
  • Keaton Quinn Ketchum - Wichita Falls, TX
  • Hong Ryeol Peter Na - Cary, NC
  • Derek Shane Toone - Pulaski, TN
  • Daniel Adam Williams* - Morristown, TN
  • James Floyd Martin, ia - Bowling Green, KY

Master of Divinity with Next Generation Ministry

  • Ellie Doom Thomas - Goodlettsville, TN

Master of Divinity with Preaching and Pastoral Ministry

  • Kenneth Dennis Brock - Martin, GA
  • Trevor Burrow - Aiken, SC
  • Alexander Allen Garcia - Amherst, NY
  • Josue Gomes - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • James William King - Ronda, NC
  • Soo Hyun Lee - Baltimore, MD
  • Dennis Robert Moranha - Raleigh, NC
  • Dustin Neil Toone - Pulaski, TN
  • Clayton Wayne Voigt - Wake Forest, NC
  • William Bryant Wilson - Marion, SC
  • James Cody Younger - Greenville, SC

Faculty Marshals

Todd Borger, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

George G. Robinson, IV, Professor of Global Disciple Making, Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism

Musicians

Music Director: Joshua Waggener, Associate Professor of Music and Christian Worship

Organist: Valerie Elston, Piano and General Music Teacher (Friendship Christian School)

Pianist: Sheila Dacus, Instructor of Music (Southeastern) and Nationally Certified Piano Instructor (NCTM)

Academic Regalia

The hoods, gowns, and caps worn in academic ceremonies today are modified versions of clothing worn by ecclesiastics and students in the 12th and 13th centuries. They wore gowns and hoods to their lectures, probably for warmth in the damp, unheated halls where classes were held. The designs and colors of these costumes have come to symbolize the level of academic attainment and the institution attended.

The bachelor’s robe has an elaborate yoke but is otherwise a plain garment with a closed, pleated front and long, full-pointed sleeves. The master’s robe is identifiable by its sleeves, cut for the arm at the wrist and just above the elbow, which have a distinctive oblong back and are squared at the ends. The doctor’s robe, full cut and with voluminous long sleeves, is distinguished by its rich velvet trim. Robe-length front panels and velvet sleeve bars are either black or symbolize, by their color, the field in which the doctorate was obtained. The mortarboard or tam is worn with tassels that are usually black but may represent the degree held by the wearer.

Tassels worn signify the following:

  • Scarlet: Theology, Divinity
  • Light Blue: Pedagogy, Education
  • White: English, History, Arts, Letters, Humanities
  • Purple: Jurisprudence, Law
  • Dark Blue: Political Science, Social Ethics, Philosophy
  • Pink: Music
  • Gold: Physics, Mathematics, Science
  • Lemon: Library Science