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Glory-Neal Wins 2020 Distinguished Graduate Award

Alumna Rev. Dr. Lois V. Glory-Neal will be presented with the prestigious Distinguished Graduate Award on Friday, March 27 for reflecting the mission of the seminary and exemplary service in ministry.

The Mission of Saint Paul School of Theology: Centered in Christ and rooted in the Wesleyan tradition, Saint Paul School of Theology is a seminary of intentional relationships committed to the formation of people for innovative, creative ministry through rigorous academic life; the exploration of Scripture, tradition, and ministry practices; and diverse, contextual experience.

Born in the Cherokee Nation, Rev. Dr. Glory-Neal was the first Native American woman to be received into full connection as an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church.  She became the first Native American District Superintendent in 1992.  Rev. Dr. Glory-Neal graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma City University in 1984. She continued her education by earning her Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology in 1988.

The Distinguished Graduate Award is presented annually at Saint Paul School of Theology.  This year the award will be presented at the Saint Paul 60th Anniversary Celebration held at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center in Overland Park, KS.  She will also be honored during the Oklahoma Campus Commencement on Friday, May 15 in Oklahoma City, OK.

Full details about both events can be found at

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