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Partners, October 2018

FEATURE PHOTO (above): The recent second annual ENGAGE Youth Theology Initiative at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., involved a racially diverse group of 26 high school students from eight states. The students explored the contemporary call to racial justice and healing, the histories of both the church and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and what it means to live a life of Christian leadership and service, program director Claire Davidson-Frederick said. Among the participants were students from 13 Churches of Christ in six states.



MONROVIA, Liberia — Kenneth Bolden, director of Liberia Bible College, presided over recent graduation ceremonies held at the Smythe Road Church of Christ.

This was the first graduating class in a joint venture between Liberia Bible College and Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas.

Five graduates received associate’s degrees in biblical studies. Dan Goodyear, Sunset’s dean for West Africa, presented diplomas.

Kenneth Bolden, center, poses with some of the Liberia Bible College graduates.



MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Harding School of Theology recently celebrated 60 years of theological study on the school’s campus in Memphis.

Jim Martin

In his introductory remarks, vice president Jim Martin reminded guests, “HST exists to make a difference.”

The simple but heartfelt program began with an address by former dean Evertt Huffard, who spoke in chapel about the school’s history and relevance in the 21st century.

The audience of 80 later adjourned to Harding’s Oliver and Norma Rogers Research Center for light refreshments, as former dean Philip Slate spoke about the school’s focus since 1958 on global missions.

Three representatives of the school’s initial graduating class of August 1959 attended. Finis Caldwell, Mac Lynn and Corene Stevens, wife of the late Alvin Stevens, received a round of applause from guests.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Faulkner’s Kearley Graduate School of Theology was recently accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools.

The accreditation is one that Faulkner now shares with prestigious seminaries such as Harvard Divinity School and Yale Divinity School.

“ATS accreditation represents an institution’s alignment with the highest standards in academic excellence and scholarship in theological studies,” said Scott Gleaves, dean of Faulkner’s V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies. “We went through an arduous, four-year self-evaluation of our programs in order to assess our alignment with the high educational and effectiveness standards of ATS.”


HENDERSON, Tenn. — Long-awaited work to restore Old Main on the Freed-Hardeman campus has begun.

Offices, classrooms and restrooms will be renovated. An elevator will be installed on the south side of Old Main where a 1950s addition joins the original building. The elevator will reach all five levels of the building.


Repairing the camp

SAFFORD, Ariz. — Ambassadors for Christ campus ministry students recently spent three days repairing the water system for the Arizona Church of Christ Bible Camp.

Jacob Bowles, Quentin Koppenhaver and Taylor Usry work at the camp.

The system was destroyed when the lightning-caused Frye Fire burned across 48,000 acres in summer 2017.

“We hope to have the system up and running in order to collect water all winter for the camps next summer,” said Jessica Knapp, associate campus minister.


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