This sermon was preached by Rev. Karen Liddy during our Seminary chapel on Wednesday September 2, 2015.
Pastor Karen was called to Peace Lutheran Church in January of 2012. She graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio with a Master’s of Divinity after attending Capital University for her undergraduate studies and Yale Divinity School for a Master’s in Religion.
Pastor Karen loves music and has a passion for worship that is both uplifting and in service to God. She very much enjoys teaching, as well as youth and family ministry and is looking forward to continuing her call to Parish Ministry in service to all of God’s children. She is married to Pastor Randy ODonnell who serves Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Brecksville, Ohio and has four fur babies of the dog variety, Atticus, Robles, Cinders and Cooper.
This sermon was preached by Dr. John Byron during our Seminary Chapel on Wednesday September 16, 2015.
Dr. Byron has a desire to serve both the church and the academy, and, for him, Ashland Theological Seminary has been a wonderful joining of those two institutions. ATS is a place where freedom of thought and expression are grounded in commitment to God, and Dr. Byron’s teaching reflects that same emphasis.
In 1981, Dr. Shultz was hired at Ashland Theological Seminary as the first counseling professor. Over the years, he was a key component in local counseling, founding Cornerstone Psychological Affiliates and co-founding Appleseed Counseling and Case Management.
Since 2006, Dr. Shultz has served as President of Ashland Theological Seminary. Under his leadership, ATS has increased focus on its urban centers in Detroit, Cleveland, and Columbus, resulting in growth at each location. The importance of the spiritual life of students is always foremost in Dr. Shultz’s thoughts, as is his commitment to making a seminary education more affordable and accessible for those responding to that particular call from God.
Dr. Brenda B. Colijn Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Theology
By Dr. Brenda Coljin
I first met Luke Keefer when I took church history as a student at ATS. Since I was also an adjunct for ATS at the time (long story) I felt a bit awkward about the situation, but Luke made me feel welcome immediately. As time went on, I was glad that I had been able to get to know him from the other side of the podium. Luke loved his subject and loved teaching. He inspired his students with his knowledge, his enthusiasm, and his commitment to them. He loved the Lord and loved life. He had an infectious laugh that could be recognized from some distance away.
Ashland Theological Seminary is celebrating 110 years of equipping men and women for ministry in the church and the world. As I become more familiar with the history of Ashland Seminary and speak with those who served here before me, it’s clear that a lot has changed over the years. These changes include a move of location, expansion from a handful of students to several hundred and the shift from one campus to four. And in recent years technology has given us the opportunity and necessity to offer classes online.