Dr. John Shultz, President of Ashland Theological Seminary
By Dr. John Shultz
“So that my whole being might sing praises to you and never stop. LORD, my God, I will give thanks to you forever.” Psalm 30:12
Psalm 30 begins with a rehearsal of the many ways that God has blessed David. His enemies had not triumphed over him; God had kept him alive and healthy, had delivered him from death on many occasions and had delivered him from certain defeat:
You pulled me up, you brought me up from the pit
You didn’t let my enemies exalt over me
Your anger lasts only for a second
You hid your presence, but then you turned my mourning into dancing
David’s recollection of his experiences with God led him to the standing ovation we find in the last verse. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been moved to cheer wildly for a sporting team I wasn’t watching.
I’ve never joined the audience in a spontaneous burst of applause at a concert I didn’t hear. And I’ve never been a part of a hearty “amen” for a speaker when I wasn’t present for the speech. As our days unfold, I want to encourage us to watch and listen, to remember and rehearse God’s hand around us and his Spirit within us. As we do, our standing ovations for God will be spontaneous, passionate and eternal.
May our whole being sing praises as we remember the one who has been our shelter from the rain, the medicine for our pain and the cleanser of our stain. May we give thanks forever to our maker, defender, redeemer and friend.
Dr. John Shultz serves as President of Ashland Theological Seminary and Professor of Counseling. 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.
Today, we bring you a message by Krista Mournet. The message was recorded on Wednesday November 18, 2015 during our Seminary Chapel.
Krista, her husband Terence and their son Lucas have been a part of the Ashland Seminary community since 2010. Krista’s interest in music and worship extends back most of her life, beginning when she would sing with her mother in church as a child, to singing in various church choirs and worship teams over the course of her life and up to the present day. In addition, she and Terence have ministered together in various worship groups since before they were married. In recent years, her university training in theological research has served to deepen and mature her desire to help people worship God through music. Krista derives a great deal of joy from bringing people together to use their gifts in God’s service, in this case in Ashland Seminary’s chapel services. She enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, reading and sharing laughter and fellowship with friends, usually including music, coffee or food.
As advent is fast approaching, I was reminded how much more contemplative I become during this time of year. The changing weather forces me to retreat into my own mind and thoughts. Lately, the concept of calling has been frequently on my mind, and I remember when I was considering seminaries not so long ago. It can seem expensive, daunting and if you’ve been out of school for any period of time may seem unreasonable.
This sermon was preached by Dr. Carlos Campo, President of Ashland University during our Seminary chapel on Wednesday November 4, 2015.
Dr. Carlos Campo began his term as the 30th president of Ashland University on June 1, 2015, and brings a wealth of experience to this role, including serving as president of Regent University.
For the past year, Dr. Campo has been working as an educational consultant for the Gates Foundation and serving as chair of the Alliance for Hispanic Education for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in Sacramento, Calif. In this role, he works to improve educational outcomes for Hispanic students; coordinates and serves as featured speaker at the Hispanic Education Alliance Summits; advocates for and works with national leaders in immigration reform; and serves as national spokesperson for educational issues within the Hispanic community.
Prior to that, Dr. Campo served as president of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., from August 2010 to October 2013. In this role, he oversaw and directed the administration, operations, academic affairs and international initiatives of an academic institution with seven graduate schools, an undergraduate college, online adult degree completion, continuing education and a diverse student body of more than 5,500 students.
Jesus commands us to go and we have probably already gone!
Too often, those of us who work in non-clergy or non-missionary vocations see our job simply as a way to get by or get ahead. Our occupation is what we do 40-50 hours a week to accumulate the money, status, and achievement necessary for us to survive and thrive. For those of us who are compelled by our faith in God, we have been conditioned to believe that our everyday work is separate from our service to God. We go to work each week to do the mission of our employer and then we join God’s mission on Sunday and in our other free time outside from work.
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.