Was so very proud and grateful to spend this weekend with my family as we celebrated my wife’s graduation from Brite Divinity school with her PhD in New Testament interpretation. This was the culmination of many years of hard work by her and effort by our whole family. The commitment she displayed in finishing this degree while also serving as Lead Pastor at Trinity, Fort Worth and the duties of a mother and spouse is inspiring. I am grateful for the example she sets for our kids as well as for younger leaders in our synod.
That example of leading while also pursuing education certainly was not limited to my family on this past Saturday. Graduation season is always special in our families, communities, and congregations. May 12th was no different in NT-NL. Two NT-NL pastors, the Rev. Amanda Brobst-Renaud (St. Peter, Malone and Baylor University) and as previously mentioned, my spouse, the Rev. Kendra Mohn, received their PhD Doctoral hoods. Additionally, a candidate for ordination, Don Strickland, received his Master of Divinity from Brite. Don finished his degree while serving out his internship year at New Hope, Keller under the supervision of the Rev. Nick Billardello (Abiding Grace, Southlake).
We are grateful for Baylor, TCU, and all the academic options provided in our territory for study and leader development and to our pastors and mentors who encourage our leaders to seek after further education.