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D.Min Intensive Begins January 27 "The Movement of the Holy Spirit" Print E-mail

Doctor of Ministry Intensive Begins January 27 

United's January 2014 Doctor of Ministry Intensive, "The Movement of the Holy Spirit" will be held Jan. 27 to 31. Dr. Kendall McCabe will lead Opening Worship at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at Precious Blood Church, 4961 Salem Ave., Dayton, OH. 

The following public events will be held at the Marriott Hotel, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd. Dayton, OH. 

Tuesday, Jan. 28 - 8 a.m. Chapel with Dr. Tom Boomershine and plenary with Dr. Andrew Park

Wednesday, Jan. 29 - 8 a.m. Chapel with Tom Jones and plenary with Dr. Rolland Baker; 

Evening service at 6:45 p.m. with Bishop Gregory Palmer

Thursday, Jan. 30 - 8 a.m. Chapel with Rev. Delores Cain and plenary with Dr. Daniela Augustine

Friday, Jan. 31 - 8 a.m. Chapel with Dr. W. Darin Moore and plenary with Dr. Robert Smith. 

 These events will also be Livestreamed. For more information about the intensive, please 

contact jkronour@united.edu.

United Theological Seminary President Wendy Deichmann Named Executive of the Year in Paper’s Competition Print E-mail

DAYTON, OH – Dr. Wendy Deichmann, President of United Theological Seminary (United), has been named 2013 Executive of the Year by the Dayton Business Journal.

The Business of the Year Awards are announced at a black-tie gala that honors companies and business leaders from throughout the Miami Valley who have outshined their competitors. This year's event was held on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Schuster Center.

"Wendy is a visionary," explained Bishop George Bashore, United's Board of Trustees Chairman. "Over the last six years, under President Deichmann's leadership, United has undertaken a number of initiatives -- some of the programs are unique to United and are possibly the first of their kind in the nation. Because of her vision, her dedication and her ability to lead and inspire her team, United Theological Seminary has made a significant turnaround. Enrollment has grown significantly and the Seminary has returned to financial stability and growth."

Dr. Deichmann is the first woman chief executive of a freestanding United Methodist seminary in the United States. Since she became President in 2008, United has tripled its student population and now has an enrollment of more than 640 students.


United Theological Seminary, now in its 143rd year, is one of the fastest growing theological schools in the United States. It was founded in 1871 by Milton Wright, a Bishop in The United Brethren Church and father of Wilbur, Orville and Katherine Wright. United offers accredited, innovative graduate and non-degree education programs for both clergy and laity. See www.united.edu for more information.

Sierra Leone Bishop Visits United Print E-mail

DAYTON, OH — Sierra Leone United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu recently visited United Theological Seminary as part of a recently established partnership between United and The United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone.

Four students from Sierra Leone just began their participation in United’s online-hybrid program to earn their master of divinity degrees and were on campus in Dayton to attend the program’s two-week, face-to-face intensive session.

“We decided on this program because it gives opportunity to them,” Bishop Yambasu said. “All of them are married and they have families. This program gives them the opportunity to stay with their families and to serve their churches as full-time pastors, while at the same time continuing their study.”

Bishop Yambasu plans on opening a United Methodist theological school in Sierra Leone to help train leaders for the church, and he said these four students will be instrumental in providing leadership for the school.

 “However you look at it, across the board, it works very, very well for all of us,” he said.  

The partnership with United began more than a year ago when Bishop Yambasu was researching schools and “by God’s grace,” met United’s President, Dr. Wendy Deichmann.

“We started having conversations about the possibility of having students study here,” Bishop Yambasu said. “I wanted an institution that would provide training for the first batch of students, who would then return home and provide leadership at the new institution. I invited President Deichmann to Sierra Leone for her and her team to have a personal experience of our context so they would be able to know exactly the kind of needs we have for education.”

In March 2013, President Deichmann, Professor Dr. Peter Bellini, Ms. Maria Bellini and alumnus Rev. Stephen Crowell visited the West African country for a weeklong visit.  

“United is pleased and proud to be engaged in this partnership of global significance with the Church in Sierra Leone, said President Deichmann. “Not only will this partnership fulfill Bishop Yambasu's goal to bless Sierra Leone with well-educated, fully credentialed spiritual leaders, but it will also bless those of us in the USA and elsewhere who will have the privilege of working with and learning from our West African colleagues.”

During his visit to United’s campus, Bishop Yambasu’s itinerary included leading a worship service with United students.

“I had very interesting conversations with the some of the students, and they are all excited about being here, not only my students that are here but also other other students from within the U.S.,” he said. “They feel this is a program that addresses their needs in a unique way because without it, they would not be able.”

During his visit, Bishop Yambasu also preached at Armstrong Chapel UMC in Cincinnati, OH, participated in a fundraising dinner for United’s Sierra Leone scholarships and met with representatives from the Indiana Conference of the UMC about Operation Classroom.

“We have a longstanding relationship with Indiana for about 25 years, with a program called Operation Classroom,” Bishop Yambasu said, noting Operation Classroom provides work study grants for students in Sierra Leone, provides training for teachers, rehabilitates schools, provides school supplies, does renovation work and builds new schools. “Mission teams go to Sierra Leone every year — sometimes two teams, sometimes three teams.”

United has a historic relationship with The UMC in Sierra Leone. Both the seminary and the Sierra Leonean UMC were founded in the 19th century by the United Brethren in Christ Church (UBC). The UBC eventually merged with other denominations to form The UMC. Many of the missionaries to Sierra Leone were from Dayton, OH, and were educated for ministry at United.

“It’s like walking in the footpath of those who have come before us in mission,” Bishop Yambasu said. “We are kind of rewriting our history. I think that’s really profound, and it helps us reconnect, re-tell our story in a new and fresh way about our connection.”

United Announces Celebration Concert Print E-mail

August 9 concert to celebrate the winners of music competition

United Theological Seminary announces its Celebration Concert and the winners of New Songs and Hymns for Renewal competition.

The Celebration Concert will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9 at Concord UMC, 1123 S. Main St., Englewood, OH, and will celebrate the winners of New Songs and Hymns for Renewal: A Competition, featuring the Jeremy Winston Chorale and winning entries of the competition.

Awake! Awake, O People! by Barbara Hamm of Benicia, CA, won for Category 1 (New Text and Tune), Forward Through the Ages by Tim Schoenherr of Farmington Hills, MI, won for Category 2 (New Music for Traditional Hymn/Song Text) and Come, Gather to Hear What the Spirit Will Say by R. Frederick Crider of Timonium, MD, won for Category 3 (New Hymn Text for Traditional Tune).

The winning songs from both this year’s competition and the 2012 competition will also be featured at United’s Opening Convocation on Wednesday, Aug 7, at 11:30 a.m. at Precious Blood Catholic Church.  

The Jeremy Winston Chorale was founded by United’s Director of Music Ministry, Jeremy Winston, and first performed at the world’s largest choral competition, The World Choir Games in Cincinnati, OH in 2012. Competing against world-class choirs from around the globe, the group won a gold medal as Best Gospel Choir, a silver medal for Mixed Chorus (classical music), a silver medal for Spirituals and is currently ranked among the top 15 choirs in the country. The ensemble was invited to the White House in December of 2012 to perform for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. 

This year marks the second annual song and hymn-writing competition sponsored by United, celebrating in song the renewal only God can give.


Announcing New M.Div. Emphasis Print E-mail

United announces a new Master of Divinity (M.Div.) emphasis in Global Charismatic Studies to begin in the Spring Semester. This new emphasis is part of the Concentration in Church Renewal.

“Pentecostals and Charismatics comprise the fastest growing and largest Protestant constituency in the world. Their influence also extends into mainline and Evangelical Protestantism, said Dr. Peter Bellini, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Missiology in the Vera Blinn Chair and Director of Non-Degree programs. "We created this emphasis to meet the growing demand in theological education and ministry for instruction in Pentecostal, Charismatic and Renewal studies.”

Dr. Bellini noted the growth and influence of these renewal-oriented Christians can no longer be ignored. 

“At United, we are experiencing an increase in students who are Pentecostal, Charismatic or Charismatic-friendly, including students connected with Aldersgate Renewal Ministries, a charismatic organization affiliated with the United Methodist Church,” he said.

Bellini said the program meets a three-fold need: To study the phenomenal growth of this global movement, so that we can understand and learn from it; to provide students with sound theological, biblical and historical foundations for understanding this amazing movement of the Spirit; and to instruct in the implementation of sound Spirit-filled practices for the salvation of the world and the health and growth of the Church.

“United is the only United Methodist affiliated seminary that has taken on this challenge and offers such courses with an emphasis in Global Charismatic Studies,” Bellini said. 

For more information about the new M.Div. concentration, including courses, contact Dr. Bellini at pbellini@united.edu or visit United’s website.


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