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Dr. Yatta Young Advocates for E-Reader Program in Liberia

Saint Paul DMin Alumna Advocates for E-Reader Training in Liberia

Saint Paul DMin Alumna, Dr. Yatta Young, believes that expanding access to theological resources in remote locations enhances teaching and learning. She was the first person to to launch the E-Reader Project under the African Association of United Methodist Theological Institutions in 2013. Dr. Young is the dean of the Graduate School of Theology at United Methodist University (UMU) that began classes August 2015. 

This summer (2017) the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Discipleship Ministries, and the African Association of United Methodist Theological Institutions  (AAUMTI) led an e-reader training in the area. Students and faculty from the Graduate School of Theology, United Methodist University (UMU) in Monrovia, Liberia attended.

Dr. Yatta Young shared her experience with the project at the training. She highlighted the importance of books and partners who have helped provide theological texts to Liberia. Through the E-Reader Project, students now have access to an electronic library with hundreds of publications. Many of the textbooks and books are written by Africans.

“We have a good champion and advocate for this program in Dr. Yatta Young. She inspired the whole group with her praise for reading and education,” said Robin Pippin, director of Contextual Resource Development and Distribution, Discipleship Resources International (DRI).

To learn more about the E-Reader Project, visit umcereader.org.

Four Saint Paul Alumni Collaborate to Relocate Community Thrift Store

Saint Paul Clergy Alumni Reverend Alan Gager, Reverend Jeff Slater, Rev. Jeff Goetzinger, and Reverend Mic McGuire (not pictured) came together in a collaborative effort to move the Hutchinson Area UMC Thrift store ministry to downtown Hutchinson. The Fair Price Store had its grand reopening in it’s new location this spring.

The Fair Price Store started off as a ministry in a local doctor’s office when he saw a need to help patients and others in the community who needed a helping hand.

When he retired, the area United Methodist churches saw a need to continue to serve the community with the vital clothing ministry. In partnership with First Call for Help the store now helps to fill clothing vouchers and to provide household staples such as bedding and towels for those in need. The store provides a shopping experience for others with clothing in all sizes, at inexpensive prices. The ministry is made possible through the work of the laity in each of the churches in the Hutchinson area. Each church takes two months out of the year to staff the store, sort through donations, and to help customers with their shopping.

The decision to move was not taken lightly. After months of praying and searching for an affordable location a new landlord surfaced. The Wray family are members of South Hutchinson UMC and have been part of the thrift store ministry for several years. They offered a price and location downtown that fulfilled the vision of the store’s mission.

Clergy members jointly agreed that the store become a member of the Downtown Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and even took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony. Since that time the store has been involved in multiple downtown events. The largest event took place during a Third Thursday music and art walk. Pastors from Trinity, Faith, South Hutchinson,10th Avenue, Fairview and Mitchell Chapel United Methodist Churches worked together to coordinate music and food. Together they went through 400 hot dogs, chips, cookies and lemonade.

“I thought it was great to see all the churches come together to support this hugely successful event. We look forward to continuing to serve our community,” said Rev. Jeff Goetzinger, pastor of Fairview and Mitchell Chapel United Methodist Churches.

 

Rev. Dr. Don Hall Receives Award for Mentoring Others

DonHallwithAwardThe Rev. Dr. Don Hall received the Barnabas award at the Arkansas Annual Conference in Little Rock, AR. He is a 1980 Master of Divinity and 1987 Doctor of Ministry graduate of Saint Paul School of Theology. Hall was commended for his work in encouraging and mentoring people on their way to ordained ministry.

The award is given by the Board of Ordained Ministry each year in memory of Rev. Jim Beal. “Jim was absolutely the greatest encourager, coach and mentor of pastors that we had, even before there were any official mentor programs,” said Hall.

“I am humbled to receive the award. While I have a record of mentoring other pastors both formally and informally over the years, I am just one of many to do so.”  Although officially retired, Rev. Hall serves at Trinity UMC in Little Rock this year.

Saint Paul Fellows: February Deadline for Full Tuition and Fellowship

Seminary Fellows Program Eliminates Student Loan Debt for Future Pastors

Leawood, Kan. and Oklahoma City, Okla.— Saint Paul School of Theology, one StPaul-Fellows_Logo_4cseminary in two locations: Oklahoma City University and Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS will expand its groundbreaking full tuition and fellowship program  The three-year Fellows program offers candidates called to full-time ministry the opportunity to obtain a master of divinity degree and gain real-life pastoral experience without incurring student loan debt, Saint Paul President H. Sharon Howell announced.

“Saint Paul is thrilled to be able to grow this one-of-a-kind fellowship program for students seeking a career in full-time ministry,” Howell said. “The average seminary student graduates with $45,000 in student loan debt. The opportunity for future church leaders to graduate free of seminary debt and begin serving is a tremendous gift made possible only through the generosity and vision of Saint Paul supporters, United Methodist Conferences, benefactors and donors.”

“We are looking for seminarians with a desire to serve an ever-changing church in a broken and hurting world. Whether it is serving on staff at the largest United Methodist congregation in the country or assuming pastoral duties in a rural or urban church setting in Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska or Kansas, the Saint Paul Fellows will receive intentional practical experience combined with rigorous scholarship and will have an active clergy mentor who works with them during their time in seminary,” Howell said.

The application deadline for prospective students interested in the Saint Paul Fellows Program is Feb. 1, 2016. Finalists will be invited for on-site interviews following application review and acceptance. More details on the Fellows program and a link to the application can be found at http://www.spst.edu/fellows/.

About Saint Paul School of Theology

Established in 1958, Saint Paul School of Theology is a United Methodist seminary with groundbreaking collaborations with UM Church of the Resurrection, the largest United Methodist church in the United States and Oklahoma City University, an award-winning United Methodist university. While students and faculty are predominately United Methodist, over 20 denominations are represented in the seminary community each year. Saint Paul offers Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. Saint Paul is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS), as well as The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The seminary is also approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church. Learn more at http://www.spst.edu.

 

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