Beeson Divinity School graduated 29 students in commencement exercises Dec. 6. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, gave the commencement address.
Speaking on the “Crisis of Integrity” Moore told graduates they would face temptations to see ministry in terms of results and prosperity, “but God has called you to the way of the cross, and in the way of the cross all our expectations are turned on their head.”
“The integrity of your ministry will come in those deepest moments of loneliness and vulnerability and irrelevance,” Moore said. “But if you listen in those moments to that thinnest silence then you will hear the voice that led you here: ‘Come follow me.’”
In his first graduation as Beeson dean, Douglas Sweeney expressed gratitude for God’s provision and care for the students.
Several Alabamians received their master’s level degree or higher. The Alabama Baptist was provided the following list:
Master of Divinity — Westby Phillip Anderson, Birmingham; Mark David Bradford, Birmingham; Taylor Alexander Brazil, Birmingham; Lauren Alexandra Byars, Birmingham; Daniel Caleb Gilliland, Birmingham; Ryan Daniel Kirkland, Birmingham; Mark Randolph Rector, Birmingham; William Casey Sorrell, Birmingham; Christopher Thomas Taunton, Birmingham; Kyle Adam Thompson, Oneonta; Amos Emory Williams Jr., Madison
Master of Arts in Theological Studies — Tichina Hope Allen, Birmingham
Doctor of Ministry — Emanuel Lee Foster, Bessemer; Harryett Maenetta Jackson, Huntsville; Darrell Keith Ray, Andalusia. (Samford)
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