5/27/14 ASHLAND, Ohio -- Ashland Theological Seminary will confer 176 degrees to the members of 2014 graduating class at the commencement ceremony to be held Saturday, June 7, at 10 a.m. in the John C. Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus.
The Bishop Gregory Vaughn Palmer, Resident Bishop, Ohio West Area of The United Methodist Church, will deliver the ceremony’s commencement address.
Bishop Palmer was assigned as Episcopal Leader of the Ohio West Area of The United Methodist Church on Sept. 1, 2012.
Bishop Palmer received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and the Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina. Baldwin-Wallace College, Iowa Wesleyan College, Simpson College and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary have all awarded him honorary degrees.
Ordained a deacon and probationary member in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference in 1977, Palmer was ordained an elder in full connection in the East Ohio Conference in 1981.
His pastoral career includes student pastorates in North Carolina and post-seminary appointments in the East Ohio Conference in Cleveland, Canton and Berea. Palmer also served as district superintendent of the Youngstown District of the East Ohio Conference.
In 2000, Palmer was elected to the episcopacy by the North Central Jurisdictional Conference. He was assigned to the Iowa Area where he served until assuming responsibilities in the Illinois Area in 2008. Bishop Palmer served as president of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry from 2004 to 2008 and president of the Council of Bishops from April 2008 to May 2010.
The degrees to be conferred at the seminary include doctor of ministry; master of divinity; master of arts in clinical mental health counseling; master of arts in counseling; master of arts in religion; master of arts in practical theology; master of arts in biblical, historical and theological studies; graduate diploma in Christian studies; graduate diploma in chaplaincy; diploma of theology in black church studies; and diploma of theology in Hispanic studies.
Ashland Theological Seminary is a graduate division of Ashland University. With campuses in Ashland, Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus, Ashland Theological Seminary integrates theological education with Christ-centered transformation as it equips men and women for ministry in the church and the world. ###