The Rev. Dr. Romeo L. del Rosario
The Rev. Dr. Romeo L. del Rosario (Romy) is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as Country Director of the United Methodist Mission in Cambodia. As Country Director, he administers mission programs with a team of workers that includes Cambodians and nine missionaries from different parts of the world.
The Cambodia Mission is part of the emerging Methodist Church of Cambodia. Since 1998 the Methodist Church in Singapore, the Korean Methodist Church, the United Methodist Church in France, Switzerland and the United States, and the World Federation of Chinese Methodist Churches have been cooperating and coordinating their mission efforts toward one autonomous Methodist Church in Cambodia by 2016. Romy teaches at the Cambodian Methodist Bible School and chairs the theological education committee, which supervises the school and oversees the continuing theological training of pastors and church workers.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Romy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Philippine Christian College (now Philippine Christian University); a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia; and a Ph.D. in theological and religious studies, with a major in ecumenics and mission, from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts.
Rev. Nizzi Santos Digan
The John Wesley’s quote, “The world is my parish” is very evident in port ministry. Ships from around the world come to the Port of Boston with crew speaking different languages and coming from different cultures. I do not have to travel far to be in ministry. Aboard the ship, I welcome the strangers as our brothers and sisters in the name of Christ and I am blessed doing this ministry for nine years, not expecting anything in return and not knowing when I will see most of them again.”
Rev. Nizzi Santos Digan is a fourth generation Methodist from Manila, Philippines whose father and grandfather were United Methodist pastors. She graduated cum laude with a BSE degree from the University of Santo Tomas. After teaching in a Boston Christian school for five years, she entered the BU School of Theology and graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2002. Nizzi was the first Filipino to be ordained an Elder in the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church and the first Chairperson of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Clergywomen Association (2008). Nizzi has been a port chaplain at the Port of Boston since 2003. She serves as Senior Pastor of the Good Shepherd UMC in Malden, Massachusetts.
Bishop Sally Dyck
“Wherever I am in ministry, I envision a community of people studying scripture, exercising the disciplines of our faith, and discovering the joy of sharing faith with others through word and deed,” says Bishop Sally Dyck, spiritual leader of the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. “As a result, my vision is that the United Methodist Church and its membership will become a spiritually vital and energized body of believers who make a difference in every community as well as the world.”
Bishop Dyck, ordained as a United Methodist clergywoman in 1981, was consecrated a bishop in 2004 and assigned to lead the Minnesota Area of the Church beginning in September of that year. Her leadership priorities are based on the Great Commandment and the Great Commission: to guide people to love God with their whole selves and daily practice spiritual disciplines and to share God’s love with those who do not know God. She has devised a “spiritual pyramid,” based on the FDA food pyramid, which illustrates the spiritual practices that build healthy people of faith. Believing that God wants people to experience wholeness in all parts of their lives, she also encourages the faithful to take up disciplines of nutrition and exercise that support physical health.
She received theological training from Boston University School of Theology (M. Div., 1978), University of Geneva/World Council of Churches (graduate certificate, 1978), and United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio (D. Min., Black Church Studies, 1989). Her upbringing in a Mennonite home instilled in her the understanding that personal piety is inextricably woven to peace and justice advocacy.
Rev. LaTrelle Miller Easterling
Rev. LaTrelle Miller Easterling is the first woman pastor of Union United Methodist Church in Boston, MA, a first in the church’s 190-year history.
Rev. Easterling was born into a United Methodist family; her mother served as a Certified Local Pastor for several years. She joined the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1991, where she received her call into ordained ministry. She was ordained a deacon in 1995 and an elder in 1997. During this time, she served on numerous Boards and Commissions within the AME Church.
Rev. Easterling attended Boston University School of Theology, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2004 with her Master of Divinity. In 2004, she transferred into the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church.
She currently serves as a member of the District Committee of the Metro Boston Hope District, the Board of Ordained Ministry of the New England Conference, the Anna Howard Shaw Board at Boston University School of Theology, and the Multi-Ethnic Center of the Northeast Jurisdiction. Rev. Easterling is passionate about social justice and attempts to open the scriptures in a way that will encourage others to become passionate as well. She is married to the Rev. Marion Easterling, Jr., the pastor of Old West Church, United Methodist, in Boston, MA. They are the proud parents of two teen boys.
The Rev. Dr. HiRho Park
Rev. Dr. Park is the Director of Clergy Lifelong Learning with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. She gives leadership to the continuing education and spiritual formation of pastoral leaders for continuing leadership development. She also provides support and resources for United Methodist women, racial, and ethnic pastors in areas of scholarship and professional development. She coordinates the Women of Color Scholarship program with the Office of Loans and Scholarships, and the Georgia Harkness Scholarship program; and she works with a Division team to give direction to the development of the Orders for ministry.
Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey
Bishop Deb is Bishop of the Dakotas Conference and the President of the General Board of Church and Society. She attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where she graduated with honors in 1973 with a double major in Religion and Piano Performance. She was named Outstanding Alumna of the Year for Morningside College in 2004. Bishop Deb first felt a calling to the ordained ministry while a student at Boston University School of Theology and earned her Master’s of Divinity degree there in 1976. Bishop Kiesey has also served on Boards of Trustees for multiple UMC colleges.
Bishop Deb was ordained Deacon in 1974 and Elder in 1977. She served the following Iowa churches: Richland / Ollie,Washington, Mt. Pleasant, and Iowa City. In 2001 she was appointed to the Waterloo District and served there until her election to the episcopacy in 2004.
Bishop Deb has been a delegate to General Conference since 1988, and was the first elected clergy from the Iowa Conference in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004.
Deadlines: Funds will be dispersed at the end of August, September, and October for approved applicants whose paperwork was received by the 25th of the month. Scholarships may not be awarded after November
1st, depending on availability of funds. Funds will be dispersed at the end of January, February, and March for approved applicants whose paperwork was received by the 25th of the month. Scholarships may not be awarded after April 1, depending on availability of funds.
Description: Scholarship assistance to seminary students: $2,000 per semester MEF scholarship for Certified Candidates who are full-time students, and $150 per semester hour for part-time students.
Qualifications: Applicants must be certified ministerial candidates and probationary members in good standing under the care of the Oklahoma Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.
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More information: See the “Scholarships” page at www.okumc.org/Ordained_Ministry
The public event is combined with the Practices of Faith class on Wednesday, February 29, 1:00-2:45 p.m. in Room B-19. Dr. Cone will lecture and engage in discussion on his recent book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree. All are welcome!
Second is a Colloquium on “The Vocation of Public Theologian” on Wednesday, February 29, 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the GSU Faculty-Staff Dining Room (on the 5th floor). This session is open to doctoral students, faculty, and also to masters students as space allows. Because food is provided, please register with Nathan Bieniek (firstname.lastname@example.org) for this evening event by noon on Monday, February 27. As you register, Nathan can verify your space. Those who have already registered are already on the list, so you need not respond again.
We look forward to a vital conversation.
Reverend James Lawson (STH’60) discusses his journey from a small town in Ohio to being recognized as one of the leading advocates and organizers of nonviolent resistance during the American civil rights movement. The conversation is led by questions from School of Theology faculty Dr. Phillis Sheppard, Dr. Walter Fluker and Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore.
Hosted by School of Theology on October 26, 2011.
Watch the Video Here.
Join a panel discussion with the 2012 School of Theology Distinguished Alumni:
Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Anyambod (STH’93, DTh)
Dr. Robert P. Crosby (STH’54, STM)
Dr. Romeo del Rosario (STH’81, GRS’81, PhD)
Dr. Edward Powell Wimberly (STH’68, MDiv, STH’71, STM, GRS’76, PhD)
Ms. Lisa Gesson (STH’99, MTh) will be honored in the category of Young Alumnus/a
Date: Thursday, September 20
Time: 2–4 p.m.
Location: Hillel House, Conservative Chapel, 4th floor
Please register for this event at: http://www.bu.edu/alumniweekend/register/
On July 1, 2011, Amy Limpitlaw began her new position as the new Head Librarian for the School of Theology. Amy was recently the Research & Electronic Services Librarian for the Yale University Divinity Library, and she served before that as Associate Director of Vanderbilt University’s Divinity Library, where she had earlier served as Public Services Librarian. She brings wide library experience and passion for a service-oriented library. Amy also brings strong educational experience, having completed her masters and PhD in theology at The University of Chicago Divinity School, and her MS at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Informational Science. In her own words, Amy describes her excitement about coming to BU and some of her personal interests:
“I feel extremely fortunate to have this opportunity to return to Boston and contribute to the work of the School of Theology. The STH Library has great strengths and enormous potential; one of its greatest assets is its dedicated staff, and I am looking forward to working with them as well as with the faculty and the entire community of the School of Theology. The School of Theology as a whole has impressed me with its strong sense of community and I am excited to be coming to such a vibrant and welcoming place.
The School of Theology and its library are already familiar to me, as I had occasion to use the library numerous times when I was writing my doctoral dissertation. In addition to my interests in theology, I also enjoy reading (especially travel literature, memoirs, current events, and politics), cooking, crossword puzzles, listening to music (all kinds), and traveling. In addition to Boston, some of my favorite places are Cape Cod, New York City, Paris, and the Dordogne region of France.”
Chad W. Kidd has accepted our invitation to be the new BU School of Theology Worship Coordinator and Director of Seminary Singers.
Most of us know Chad as the three-year interim in this position, but you may not know about his interesting background that influenced the Search Committee’s selection of him for the permanent position.
Reverend Kidd received his Bachelor of Music in Church Music from Belmont University and two degrees from Boston University – the Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Music. He currently leads worship and music in three ministry settings. In addition to serving in the School of Theology, he is Chaplain of North Shore Medical Center (Union Hospital) in Lynn, and is Minister of Music in the First Congregational Church of Reading, MA. Previously he served five years as General Manager of the New England Philharmonic.
Rev. Kidd has many gifts, including the gifts of leadership in worship and music, pastoral ministry, and management of complex organizations and roles. We are very fortunate that he will join us now in the newly shaped role in Worship and Seminary Singers. Chad moves into the role with anticipation, as expressed in his own words:
“It has been a joy to serve in an interim capacity over the past several years, and I am honored and pleased to now be continuing my ministry with this community permanently. The Seminary Singers and Community Worship are two signature symbols, among many, that make this a wonderful school of theology, and I am so grateful to be a part of both. I look forward to our work together!”