LELAND GRADUATION SPEAKER: DR. NORA LOZANO
Leland is excited and honored to welcome Dr. Nora Lozano as our Graduation Speaker for this year's commencement ceremony.
Nora O. Lozano, a Mexican born, is professor of theological studies at Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio, TX. She received her Ph.D. and M. Phil. in Religious and Theological Studies at Drew University, Madison, NJ, her M.Div. at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, now Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA. Her academic interests are centered in the areas of systematic, Hispanic, Latin American, and women's theologies. Her writings include Woman's Work: A Guide to Growth and Self-Discovery, as well as chapters in books, essays in theological dictionaries, devotionals, and Bible study curricula.
Dr. Lozano is co-founder and co-director of the Latina Leadership Institute. The work of the Institute is devoted to the discovery, development, nuturance, and empowerment of women leaders from a Latina perspective to be transformational agents in church and community settings. The Institute provides educational and network opportunities for Latina women, and offers a three year certificate in Latina Leadership Studies. The LLI is housed at Baptist University of the Americas, and has sites in Texas and North Carolina.
Professor Lozano is part of the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Doctrine and Christian Unity and was a member of the Baptist World Alliance delegation that held theological conversations with the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity in order to find ways to understand each other better and to promote collaboration on issues of social justice and religious freedom.
She attends Woodland Baptist Church in San Antonio, TX where she lives with her family.
2014 GRADUATE PROFILES
Tesfaye D. Haile - Master of Divinity
Cherished Scripture Reference: "For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for us all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised." 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Future Ministry Plans: Writing books and teaching materials for Ethiopian Churches. I will continue to maintain a discipled thinking and reading habit blending with a devotional life.
Final Leland thoughts: I want to thank Leland professors and the staff for serving me in everything that I needed to continue my study.
Trenda P. Jacocks - Master of Christian Leadership
Memorable Class at Leland: All classes with Dr. Dapaah were memorable, from Old Testament to New Testament Survey Courses, Advanced Biblical Studies and our New Haven Class on Missiology with a great group of Leland leaders who traveled, studied and bonded as brothers and sisters with Dr. Dapaah on the road and back to Connecticut. My practicum in Justice Ministry with Dr. Melson, Journey to Justice one-day event for churches and leaders, was a great leadership experience for me personally as well as community building spiritual formation happening for the greater Leland network. My art and aesthetics classes with Rev. Lisa Cole Smith were a wonderful educational stepping stone - examining art, music, poetry and dram for the theologically minded. Dr. Lee's great knowledge shared through class discussions will always be memorable and a cornerstone of my theological education.
Favorite Scripture Passage: A Prayer of Comfort and Hope (A Prayer for the Ephesians) - Ephesians 3:14-21
Future Ministry Plans: Ordination, teaching, preaching, sharing, leading, community building and furthering spiritual formation work in the church as God opens the door; continuing my service in a congregation or public life; Christian leader alongside my husband and family; continued travel and mission work, home or abroad as well.
Lindsay Ray - Master of Theological Studies
Favorite Class at Leland: I took many great classes at Leland, but one of my favorites was the "Who is God?" seminar class. It challenged me to step outside my preconceived notions about God and to try to see God for who He is as one seeing Him for the first time.
Favorite Verse: "For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (thought not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I may share with them in its blessings." 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Future Ministry Plans/Dreams: To be involved in Full-time ministry to youth and college students. I also plan to go on and get my Ph.D. and teach, either at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Other 2014 Leland Graduates:
Vicki Anderson - Diploma in Theology
Audrey Britt James - Master of Christian Leadership
Larry Cassell - Diploma in Theology
Gene Cumbia - Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies
Scott Freeman - Diploma in Theology
Dorothy Kingston - Master of Christian Leadership
William Klepper - Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies
Bruce Langwiser - Master of Christian Leadership
Alyxandria Mikelaites - Diploma in Theology
Artemia Tamayo - Master of Christian Leadership
Millicent Tetteh-Martey - Diploma in Theology