Due West, S.C., April 24, 2019 – Erskine College and Theological Seminary will mark the completion of the 2018-19 academic year with a commencement ceremony Saturday, May 4, at 10:30 a.m. under the towers of the Erskine Building on the Erskine campus in Due West, S.C. This year’s commencement speaker is longtime pastor and missionary Dr. Andrew Brunson.
Arrested and imprisoned in Turkey in 2016, Brunson endured a two-year ordeal before being released in October 2018. Brunson’s arrest, imprisonment, and trial, as well as the mounting pressure for his release, received extensive media coverage.
Brunson is a graduate of Wheaton College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1988. He earned a master’s degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1991) and from Erskine Theological Seminary (1992) and received the Ph.D. degree in 2001 from the University of Aberdeen. He will be awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree during the commencement ceremony.
Additionally, a baccalaureate service is planned for Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Due West ARP Church, with Dr. Dale Ralph Davis delivering the baccalaureate sermon. Davis is a former professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Miss., and most recently served as Minister in Residence at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C., retiring from that position in 2018.
Erskine is a Christian academic community offering undergraduate liberal arts and graduate theological education.
The mission of Erskine College is to equip students to flourish by providing an excellent liberal arts education in a Christ-centered environment where learning and biblical truth are integrated to develop the whole person.
Erskine Theological Seminary supports the Mission of God in the world by educating, from a Biblically Reformed perspective, persons for service in the Christian Church.
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