Alumni

Alumni are a treasured part of the life, history and future of ATS. We hope that alumni check back often to stay in touch, to make note of future ATS events, and to share input with current and future students.

We know that learning is best integrated when your context provides a "real life" lab where application can occur. We invite you to continue your professional education with Ashland. Alumni of all Ashland Theological Seminary Master's and Doctoral degree programs are welcome to enjoy one free audited class per year at any of our teaching centers. To participate in an upcoming class simply download a registration form and return it to Lori Lower at the Seminary indicating you are alumni interested in your free audit. Pending approval by the faculty, you will be registered for the class. See what classes are coming up by reviewing the Course Schedules section of the website.

Wesley Book Study

The Wesley Book Study is representative of a partnership between Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS) and the East Ohio Conference, The United Methodist Church (EOC-UMC). It is sponsored by the Racial-Ethnic Ministries Division of the EOC Connectional Ministries. The administrators of the project are Paul Chilcote, PhD, Dean of ATS and Gloria Brown, PhD, Director of Racial-Ethnic Ministries for the EOC-UMC. United Methodists from across the North Central Jurisdiction are invited to immerse themselves as leaders and participants in serious examination of the lives and works of John and Charles Wesley. This will be accomplished via a book study with the primary resource being, Chilcote, 2011 (See reference). Dr. Chilcote is an expert on “all things” Wesley.

An orientation session will be held (required for leaders, optional for participants) on September 18, 7:00-9:00 PM, Ashland University, 6500 Rockside Road, Independence, OH 44131-2319. Face-to-face participation in this session is encouraged; however, a recorded version of the orientation will be available for those who are unable to attend the live session.

The project will begin on October 1, 2014 and end with a retreat on the Ashland campus in April, 2015. Study sessions may be held online (Angel hosted by Ashland) or face-to-face. Whether groups meet online or face-to-face, all are required to register online. Registration opens September 15. Those completing the book study will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) as follows: Leaders 5 CEUs, Participants 4 CEUs

Although this project is sponsored by Racial-Ethnic Ministries, all are welcome to participate.

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Group Leaders Dr. Martha Banks Rev. Edgar Brady Rev. William Brewer Rev. Marilyn Coney Ms. Wilma Flemings - Detroit Rev. Stephanie Lee Rev. Angela Lewis - Iowa Rev. Johnnie Locker – Illinois Great Rivers Rev. Benita Rollins

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, individuals listed above are physically located within the East Ohio Conference.


*Reference
Chilcote, P.W. (2011). John & Charles Wesley: Selections from their writings and hymns – Annotated & explained. Skylight Paths Publishing, Woodstock, Vt.

Stewardship 101: Cultivating Generous Givers

Stewardship is the management of ALL the gifts God has given us including life, time, talents, relationships, environment, assets, money and of course the greatest gift of all, God’s Son, Jesus Christ. However in the life of the church we equate “stewardship” with “money” and for most churches, it is an ongoing struggle to have adequate funds to accomplish all God is calling us to accomplish for making disciples and reaching out in missions.

The goal of this class is to utilize a holistic approach to stewardship to “grow generous disciples.” Practical tips are incorporated to assist local churches in developing an intentional plan. Pastors, Finance Committee Members, church leaders and denominational leaders will benefit from this experiential learning.

Attendees will receive 0.8 CEUs.


Objectives

  • Expanding need for cultivating generous givers
  • Biblical foundation
  • Challenge of current giving patterns
  • Understanding generosity as a lifestyle
  • Holistic approach to stewardship
  • Local church year-round strategy to grow generous givers
  • What is the role of the pastor?
  • What is the role of the Finance Committee
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Instructor

Rev. George D. Cooper, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church with extensive fundraising experience, was named the Executive Director of the Council on Development for the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church in November 2010. As an elder serving in the East Ohio Conference, Rev. Cooper led his churches toward an understanding and implementation of a theology of stewardship as a key factor in their successful growth and health. Rev. Cooperholds a Masters of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math-Physics from the State University of New York at Fredonia. He and his wife, Rosemary (Dolly), relocated to the Columbus area. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren.


Stewardship 101 is the first of a five course series offered by Ashland Theological Seminary for .8 Continuing Education Credits.

Other courses include:
Stewardship 201: Next Steps to Growing Generous Givers
What, Why & How of a Capital Campaign
Creating a Planned Giving Strategy
Endowment Strategies for Mission & Ministry

Information Update Form

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Educational Resources International

Ashland Theological Seminary partners with Educational Resources International to offer counselor CEUs. ERI specializes in delivering high quality educational resources that can aid ATS alumni in achieving personal and/or professional goals. ATS faculty and alumni facilitate most ERI half- and full-day continuing education seminars. Participants can attend most classes onsite, via live webcast at one of our centers (Ashland, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit) or via an Internet webinar from their home or office. Participants attending via webinar will ask questions and form discussion groups along with onsite participants.

Theological Studies Institute

Ashland Theological Seminary partners with Theological Studies Institute to equip and alumni community members with cutting-edge programming constituting a continuum of learning. TSI offers seminars, webinars, intensive courses, or longer courses of study in a variety of modalities. TSI is able to come alongside alumni and their organizations as they dig deeper into scripture and work in service to the Kingdom of God. TSI is staffed by full-time professional educators and assists with curriculum and program design. Our teaching staff is comprised of experts in all subject areas, Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History, Worship, Missiology, Leadership Studies, Spiritual Formation, and more.

ATLASerials (ATLAS)

ATLAS is an online, full-text collection of major religion and theology journals. The database currently includes 253 titles.

Simultaneous Searching

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ATLA Religion Database (ATLA RDB)

This database currently indexes 586 journals.

Simultaneous Searching

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Alumni Benefit Scholarship

Frequency

  • One free audited course annually

Qualifications

  • An alumni of any masters or doctoral degree program at ATS

Application

  • An Alumni Audit Registration Form (link to the right)
  • Email form to Lori Lower, Registrar (llower@ashland.edu); or Glenn Black, Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services (gblack@ashland.edu)

Registration Periods

  • Spring semester: November 1 - December 15
  • Summer semester: April 1 - May 15
  • Fall semester: June 1 - August 3

Availability

  • Space is limited and granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Alumni may choose from any course pending instructor approval and availability.
  • Counseling courses are limited to 25 participants.
  • Alumni registering for counseling CEUs may be dropped from a course if a current student requests a spot.

Videos

Pat Krebs

Pat Krebs, an alumnus of ATS, shares a story about her spiritual journey.

Want more info?

If you would like more information about the Alumni relations department, please contact Angie Weimer


Who to Contact

Angie Weimer aweimer2@ashland.edu 419-289-5926