5/13/16 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS) is pleased to announce that Dr. John Shultz will present the address at this year’s Seminary Commencement. Shultz, who was recently awarded the distinction, Professor Emeritus of Counseling, began his career at ATS as the first counseling professor in 1981 and will retire at the end of this academic year after serving as president of ATS since 2006.
The Ashland Seminary will confer 114 degrees to members of the 2016 graduating class at the commencement ceremony to be held Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. in the John C. Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus. Shultz will speak on "Above All Else."
Shultz served as professor of Pastoral Counseling, Academic Dean from 1985 to 1988 and in June of 2006, became the eighth president of Ashland Theological Seminary. He is an ordained elder in the Brethren Church and was a licensed psychologist in the state of Ohio for 31 years.
After graduating from Ashland College in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Shultz went on to obtain a M.Div. degree from Ashland Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University in 1980. In 1981, he founded Cornerstone Psychological Affiliates Inc. and served as CEO until 2007. In addition to founding Cornerstone, he co-founded Appleseed Community Mental Health Center and served as vice president from 1991 to 1994.
Shultz and Jeanie, his wife of 46 years, have been involved extensively in community and church efforts. They have a son, Nate Shultz of Ashland, and daughter, Megan in Atlanta, Ga., and enjoy time with their four grandchildren.
Shultz says that ATS has been a place of transformation for him, a place that fosters the ongoing movement of truth from the head to the heart. He said he finds that the Spirit-filled atmosphere of the Seminary makes a profound impact on all those who come through its doors. The ATS community wishes to thank Shultz for his 35 years of servant leadership to students and colleagues.
The degrees to be conferred at the seminary commencement include Doctor of Ministry, Master of Arts (Biblical Studies), Master of Arts (Historical/Theological Studies), Master of Arts (Religion), Master of Arts in Black Church Studies, Master of Arts in Chaplaincy, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Care, Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation, Master of Divinity, Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy, Graduate Diploma in Historical and Theological Studies, Graduate Diploma in Leadership Coaching, Graduate Diploma in Youth Ministry, Diploma of Theology (Black Church Studies) and Diploma of Theology (Hispanic Church 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. ###