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Ashland Theological Seminary’s Foundation announces the 2017 ATS Summer Institute
ASHLAND, Ohio— Ashland Theological Seminary’s Foundation in collaboration with Ashland Theological Seminary and Ashland University has planned a new summer institute initiative for the next three years called the Summer Institute for the Integration of Faith, Ministry, and Vocational Life.
Ashland Theology Seminary Professor writes for Christianity Today.
When Cardinal Timothy Dolan moved to the podium to pray at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, his prayer may have struck you as oddly familiar.
Ashland Seminary Professor to Speak on 'is the Bible the Center of our Faith'?
1/6/17 ASHLAND, Ohio- Dr. John Byron, professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary, will speak on Trusting in the Word of God: Is the Bible the Center of our faith on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Smetzer Auditorium on the seminary campus.
Library closing today January 17 at 4:00 pm
CHRISTMAS AT THE SEMINARY ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7
Christmas at Ashland Seminary
Online Registrations end on December 5 at midnight.
Registration is done online through the WebAdvisor system. There is a set of online registration instructions on the seminary website http://seminary.ashland.edu/academics/academic-resources/online-registration. If you follow the instructions and are still having difficulties, please call during business hours and we can walk you through it. Please be logged in to WebAdvisor when you call. The schedule of course offerings may be found at http://seminary.ashland.edu/academics/academic-resources/course-schedules.
Ashland Theological Seminary announces reorganization to transform theological education.
ASHLAND, Ohio—Ashland Theological Seminary is currently going through a restructuring process to renovate, strengthen and deliver its theological education and ministry training through various means including its organizational structure, the communities it serves and the way it delivers its education.
Counseling Student Encouraged by Mom’s ATS Journey, Looks Forward to Bringing Freedom to Others
Emily Kaufmann, MACMHC ’19, remembers drawing a picture of Dr. Marvin McMickle teaching while attending an ATS class with her mom, Mary Kaufmann, MDiv ’08, when she was young. Little did she know she would become an Ashland Theological Seminary student herself.
Megan Miles, MDIV '19, Connects with God through Community
As Megan Miles sat in a classroom at Shelterwood Academy in Missouri last year, God clarified her gifting and calling. He reminded Megan of her gift of learning. As she processed her gifting with God, she was inspired to apply to seminary.
Cory Smith, MDIV ’17, Seeing Kingdom-Building Outcomes with Brethren youth
When 37 giddy high school students filed into Jack & Deb Miller Chapel at Ashland University in July 2016, Cory Smith (MDIV ’17) expected Kingdom-building outcomes. As the new Student Ministries Director at Ashland University, Cory organized the first Brethren Academy and saw inspiring results.
Trustee inspired by mission, God's unfolding plans for ATS
Chris Boyd’s love of Ashland Theological Seminary prompted him to accept an invitation to become an Ashland University trustee in 2008. He was then appointed to the Seminary Advisory Committee because of his membership in the Brethren Church.
Formational experience empowers students learn, live and lead in community
LIFE 631, a new formational experience, launches this semester. A cohort of 13 students will immerse themselves in community while fostering a journey toward Christlikeness. This face-to-face curricular and co-curricular initiative is designed to equip and empower men and women to invest in sustaining community throughout their life-long pursuit of personal and ministry formation.
Scholarship to Widen Ministry Training Opportunities for Minority Students
Minority students enrolled at Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS) will have an additional scholarship opportunity in upcoming academic years. Dr. JoAnn Ford Watson, Professor of Christian Theology and Spiritual Formation, recently endowed a scholarship in her name to broaden the impact of ATS for the training of men and women for ministry.
ADJUNCT NAMED PASTOR EMERITUS
The Rev. Tom Snyder, adjunct faculty member since 2005, has been named Pastor Emeritus at the churches of the Ashland Team Ministry: Christ and First United Methodist churches of Ashland. Tom served First as an associate, 1973-77 (the parsonage stood on the corner of High and Wood Streets on the site of our ATS parking lot); and pastor at Christ, 1995-2005. The two churches were yoked as a team ministry in 2015, and the current co-pastors are the Rev. Jonathan Priebe and the Rev. Dr. Allan Bevere, also an ATS adjunct.
DMin graduate uses research results to educate and inform clergy through workshops
The desire arose within Susan Bourquard to expand her understanding of emotional healing at a deeper level. After completing a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling at ATS in 2010, Susan Bourquard enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry in Formational Prayer program in 2011.
Adam Hall Awarded $8,000 Counseling Fellowship from NBCC and Affiliates
The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Adam Hall of Mansfield, Ohio, for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Youth (MFP-Y). As an NBCC MFP-Y fellow, Hall will receive funding and training to support his education and facilitate his service to underserved minority populations, with a specific focus on transition-age youth (ages 16-25).
ATS Foundation creates initiative with Cuba Seminary, considers other Global Partners
Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS) has launched a global ministry initiative. The Global Ashland Initiative (GAI), in partnership with the ATS Foundation, seeks to fill the need for trained pastors and leaders who are native to the region and cultures in which they serve.
Seminary Advisory Committee Spotlight
Thomas Murray, JD, stepped into the role of Seminary Advisory Committee Chairman in June 2015.
EMERGE selects Steve Dunleavey as Director of Clinical Services
EMERGE Counseling Services selected Steve Dunleavey to serve in the newly created Director of Clinical Services (DCS) role beginning in October 2016.
Ashley Speaker experienced academic and spiritual formation during her time at Ashland Theological Seminary.
2016 Secondary Educator of the Year Inspires Students by Modeling Christlikeness
Ashland City School District awarded Bonnie Graves, MA '06, the 2016 Secondary Educator of the Year award on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 during an afternoon open house.
Ashland Theological Seminary Forms Partnership with St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute
4/29/2016 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland Theological Seminary, a division of Ashland University, has signed a partnership agreement with the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, Md., that will allow St. Mary’s students to take Doctor of Ministry degree coursework through Ashland Seminary.
Dr. Dawn Morton writes for Christianity Today Magazine
Seeing two women lead our church gave me the freedom to pursue the gifts God had given me. I was brought up under the leadership of two women pastors, Sister Opal Eckert and Sister Mary Slaughterbeck. It was a small country church, and God chose these women to mentor me in leadership, especially church leadership. These women knew how to serve others, loving and caring for those around them. They knew their Bibles, not only for information but for transformation.
Ashland University Names New President of Ashland Theological Seminary
3/31/16 ASHLAND, Ohio-- Ashland University President Dr. Carlos Campo has announced that Dr. Mark Harden has been hired as the new president of Ashland Theological Seminary, a division of Ashland University. Dr. Harden will start in his new role on July 1.
CMHC Student Receives NBCC Foundation Minority Fellowship
02/5/16 ASHLAND, Ohio- Ashland Theological Seminary, a graduate division of Ashland University is pleased to announce that Adam Hall, a current student from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program has been selected to receive the NBCC Foundation's Minority Fellowship in a Master's Mental Health Program.
Dr. John Byron, Ashland Seminary Professor, to Give Lecture
1/6/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. John Byron, Ashland Theological Seminary professor of New Testament, will give a lecture titled “Corruption, Conspiracy and Confusion: Can we trust the New Testament?” on Jan. 28 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Smetzer Auditorium inside the Gerber Academic Building on the Ashland Theological Seminary campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Ashland Theological Seminary Launches Presidential Search
01/12/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland Theological Seminary, a division of Ashland University, has formed a Presidential Search Committee and has started the process of identifying the ninth president in the Seminary’s 110-year history. The new president will succeed Dr. John Shultz, who will retire at the end of this academic year after serving as ATS president since 2006.
MLK Day Community Celebration Set for Jan. 18
Important Registration Update
Presidential Search Committee accepting applications for new Seminary president.
Ashland Theological Seminary, located in Ashland, Ohio, has initiated its search for a new president and is now accepting applications from qualified applicants. Dr. John Shultz has announced his retirement at the conclusion of this academic year, after serving ten years as the seminary’s president. Although Ashland Theological Seminary (“ATS”) is headquartered in Ashland, Ohio, the seminary has a vibrant and successful urban presence in Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus. ATS is rooted in the heritage and ethos of the Brethren Church. The ATS Search Committee will accept nominations and evaluate application materials on a rolling basis through the early winter of 2016, and will begin to narrow the candidate pool in January. Although applications will be accepted until the time that a new president is selected, candidates should submit materials by January 22 for the most favorable consideration. The new president of ATS will be invited to begin work as soon as feasible, but no later than July 1, 2015. For more information, go to: http://seminary.ashland.edu/presidentialsearch