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May 29, 2014

19 graduate from BMA Seminary in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE — Nineteen individuals received a degree from the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary of Jacksonville, Texas during commencement exercises conducted Saturday, May 17, 2014. The seminary hosted the event in its Dorman Memorial Chapel on the main campus in Jacksonville, Texas.

Curtis Durham, Sr. of Tyler, Texas and Nina Smith of Atlanta, Texas received the Associate of Divinity degree. John Cook of Jacksonville, Texas; Matthew Dean of Ft. Worth, Texas; Dalton Tew of Karnack, Texas; Mary Tew of Jacksonville, Texas; Phillip Waddell of Fruitvale, Texas; Ancel Ware of Nikiski, Alaska; and Sandra Williams of Tyler, Texas received the Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree.

The Master of Arts (Religion) degree was awarded to Aaron Barnes, Sr. of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Darian Jones of Ben Wheeler, Texas; and Philip Parks of Carson City, Nevada.

Recipients of the Master of Arts in Church Ministries degree included Fuzhen Li of Xi’an, China; Christopher Proctor of Whitney, Texas; and Siripong Yaebeang of Chiangrai, Thailand.  

The Master of Divinity degree was awarded to Patrick Anderson of Conway, Arkansas; Douglas Durham of Wells, Texas; Thomas Kwabena of Gambaga, West Africa; and Odette Woods of Little Rock, Arkansas.  

Dr. Scott Attebery, Executive Director of DiscipleGuide Church Resources for the Baptist Missionary Association of America, delivered the commencement address. Attebery, originally from Jacksonville, Texas, earned a Bachelor of Science in Bible from Central Baptist College of Conway, Arkansas; a Master of Divinity from the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary of Jacksonville, Texas; and a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary of Roxbury, Massachusetts. He completed a doctoral project entitled, Disciples for life: Maximizing explicit discipleship training to create life-long learners of Christ.

BMA Seminary provides accredited theological education to qualified individuals by seeking to equip them for Christian service and leadership roles.  The seminary supports the educational needs of the Baptist Missionary Association of America and other groups who share a like commitment to the authority of Scripture by offering certificates, associate, bachelor, and masters degrees.

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