PATHWAYS Celebrates Fall Commencement

This fall, PATHWAYS is proud to present five Level 3 graduates who have faithfully completed the Advanced Level of PATHWAYS Theological Education program designed to equip the learners for ordained ministry in the United Church of Christ:

  • Marsha Brown – Pastor, Phoenix Christian Church UCC, Wildersville, TN
  • Shonda Deranleau – Licensed Minister, Iowa Conference, Creston, IA
  • Heidi Hulme – Pastor, Faith UCC, Davenport, IA
  • Mary O’Riley – Pastoral Intern, UCC Congregational Church, Creston, IA
  • Kate Stulce – Pastoral Associate, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Chattanooga, TN

These graduates, coming from both the Southeast Conference and the Iowa Conference, entered the program back in January of 2013, and continued on their learning journey through Level 2 and Level 3 for three years. In the effort of meeting at a neutral place of worship, the Commencement Service took place in St. Louis, MO – by the generous hospitality of the Hope United Churchof Christ – on the evening of November 13, 2015.

The graduates are in the MID process working with their authorizing bodies toward ordination; as PATHWAYS #1 Level 3 graduates, they celebrated the graduation ceremony in the presence of family, relatives, friends, and PATHWAYS staff. Their success in the program testifies to the value and the importance of multiple (educational) paths to authorized ministry in times of changing landscape of theological education such as these. May God’s blessings and grace be upon their path as they continue the path to fulfill God’s calling where they are.

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