Dr. Melody Palm, director
of the counseling program, hoods Christina Chenault.
Christina will return to her home state of Michigan where
she will pursue ordination with the AG and eventually
enter church planting ministry.
The AGTS counseling program
is well known for its ability to prepare students
for state licensing exams. Graduates enjoy a high success
rate at passing the rigorous exams on the first attempt.
Dr. H. Robert Rhoden, superintendent of the Potomac
District Council of the AG, delivered the keynote address.
He encouraged graduates to be keepers of the story—listening
to the lost and to the voice of God, creatively relaying
the Gospel message with the power of the Spirit.
role as superintendent, Dr. Rhoden oversees more than
300 churches and 900 credentialed ministers. He has
ministered as an evangelist and held various pastoral
positions in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Virginia. In
1969, he planted West End AG in Richmond, Va., a church
that has mothered five churches in Richmond and built
18 churches in other nations.
To conclude, the 2006 commencement, faculty and administration
formed a circle around the graduates in the audience.
Bishop Ed Peecher, member of the AGTS Board of Directors,
led in a prayer of commissioning, and the faculty and
administration laid hands on the graduates and joined
in prayer over them—a
powerfully moving conclusion to the ceremony.