5/14/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah delivered the commencement address titled “Hope Through Present Suffering” during the Ashland Theological Seminary’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12. The Seminary conferred 118 degrees to the members of 2018 graduating class at the ceremony held in the John C. Myers Convocation Center.
Soong-Chan is the Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill., and the author of Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times, a commentary on the book of Lamentations (IVP Books, 2015); The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (IVP Books, 2009); Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church (Moody, 2010); and co-editor of Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations (Judson, 2012). He is the co-author of Return to Justice (Brazos, 2016); and Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith (Zondervan, 2014).
Soong-Chan received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History/Sociology from Columbia University; his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; his Master of Theology from Harvard University; his Doctorate of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his Doctorate of Theology from Duke University.
He is formerly the founding Senior Pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), a multi-ethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. Soong-Chan has previously been part of a church planting team in the Washington DC area, worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston (specifically at MIT), and had mobilized CCFC to plant two additional churches.
The degrees conferred this May at the Seminary included: Diploma of Theology (Black Church Studies), 10; Master of Arts (Biblical Studies), 2; Master of Arts (Biblical/Historical & Theological Studies), 1; Master of Arts (History & Theological Studies), 1; Master of Arts in Black Church Studies, 5; Master of Arts in Chaplaincy, 1; Master of Arts in Christian Ministries, 1; Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 31; Master of Arts in Counseling, 10; Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling & Care, 2; Master of Arts in Practical Theology, 8; Master of Divinity, 12; Master of Divinity (Chaplaincy), 8; Doctor of Ministry (Black Church Studies), 2; Doctor of Ministry (Formational Counseling), 6; Doctor Of Ministry (Independent Design), 4; Doctor Of Ministry (Spiritual Formation), 5; Doctor of Ministry (Transformational Leadership), 7; and Doctor of Ministry (Wesleyan Practices), 2.
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.