Alumni are a treasured part of the life, history, and future of Ashland Theological Seminary. We encourage alumni to stay connected to the seminary community. Lifelong learning and spiritual formation practices foster health and strength in ministry.
We know that learning is best integrated through application. Alumni have the opportunity to build and enhance their ministries through our resources and benefits. Events and gatherings at the Ashland, Cleveland, Columbus, and Detroit Centers offer alumni opportunities for fellowship and spiritual encouragement.
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“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
We want to honor and bless our alumni on their birthdays. Alumni can shop for 20% off apparel, gifts, books, and general merchandise at the Ashland Theological Seminary Bookstore or the Ashland University Bookstore on their birthdays. Please email Angie Cirone (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your updated email address if you do not receive a birthday email.
Funerals and memorial services officiated by clergy can be quite a challenge. There is the actual service itself, ministry to the grieving family and the relationships/ procedures that develop between clergy and the local funeral director. Reid Firestone, a Licensed Funeral Director in the State of Ohio and an Ordained Pastor with more than 25 years of ministry experience, explores “the good, the bad and the ugly” of funeral experience and procedure. Reid is a graduate of Ashland University and Ashland Theological Seminary. He has served in pastoral roles at congregations in Medina, Brook Park, North Canton, West Salem and Homerville, Ohio, as well as working for a small family funeral home in Northeast Ohio. Alumni can schedule a coaching or small group training session with Reid to learn to better navigate funeral services. Contact Alumni Relations at 419.289.5926 or email@example.com to request training.
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A variety of memberships to the Ashland University Recreation Center ranging from one day to one year are available for seminary alumni. Visit the Recreational Services Membership site for details.
“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”
“I am very grateful for the Sabbath-Rest Retreat I recently experienced on the ATS campus. Prayer and spiritual formation resources, time with a faculty member, walks through the prayer garden and the labyrinth, silence and solitude provided personal renewal as well as an opportunity to connect with ATS.”
Janice Hershberger, MA '92
God calls us to periodically rest from work and ministry responsibilities. Retreating from the daily stresses of life allows God to reveal Himself as well as new directions for ministry. God set the example by resting from His work of creating the heavens and earth on the seventh day. We can follow the Lord’s instructions to the Israelites to take time for Sabbath rest and trust that He will be present with us.
We welcome diploma, masters, or doctor of ministry alumni to take Sabbath-Rest Retreats on the Ashland Theological Seminary campus. Revisit the core values of engaging with scripture, spiritual formation, community, and lifelong learning that shaped your academic experience.
We encourage our guests to receive spiritual direction from faculty members or other trained spiritual directors connected to the seminary. A spiritual director that you select will be available for one to three sessions during you retreat. A variety of books and reflection resources will be available for use in your apartment.
Engage in the life of the seminary by taking part in a chapel service, touring the Doug & Jean Sherman Manuscript Library and Archeological Room, and utilizing the Roger Darling Memorial Library. Reflect in our seminary prayer garden and Ronk Memorial Chapel prayer room. You may also quiet your mind on the outdoor stone labyrinth at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Maintain your fitness regime and schedule a massage at the Ashland University Rec Center. Local trails are ideal for walking or running in warm months
Many benefits exist for retreating alone and with family. Jesus took time for solitary prayer and communion with God. This time fueled Jesus to continue his ministry with confidence in God’s calling. Marriages and families strengthen through concentrated and uninterrupted time seeking God together. Ashland Theological Seminary staff will work with alumni to create an exceptional personal, marriage or retreat experience. Playgrounds and kid-friendly destinations exist in the area for young families.
The costs for your Sabbath-Rest Retreat will include accommodations. Our seminary apartments feature twin- and queen-sized beds with a full kitchen and living room. The room rates are:
As an added benefit, room discounts are available.
Alumni are encouraged to take Sabbath-Rest Retreats at a personally convenient time throughout the calendar year. Please make your reservation as early as possible, but at least one month in advance. Be mindful that Ronk Memorial Chapel and the Roger Darling Memorial Library are open Monday through Friday during business hours only. Apartment spaces are limited and subject to availability. Retreat reservations are dependent on the availability of apartments and spiritual directors. Sabbath-Rest Retreats cannot be scheduled during the following holidays:
Pat Krebs, an alumnus of ATS, shares a story about her spiritual journey.
Mildred Brooks sits down to reflect about her time learning with ATS. Mildred Brooks is an ATS Alumna and the Cleveland Center Advisory Board Chair.
Jakki Nelson, an alumnus of ATS and Adjunct Professor, shares a story about her spiritual journey.
If you would like more information about the Alumni relations department, please contact Angie Cirone