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New D.Min programs!

It has been nearly a year since we unveiled our new name, Berkeley School of Theology, and in that time we’ve also revised our curriculum to meet the needs of today’s students. One of the newly relaunched programs is our culturally-responsive, competency-based Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program. Doctoral students customize their studies around thematic categories: Racism/Prison Renewal/Reparations, Greening the Church/Urban Gardens, Pastoral Care for Immigrant Churches, Preaching Social Justice, Spiritual Formation (in Korean), Ministerial Training for Latino Churches (in Spanish), and Womanist/Feminist Gospel. Please share this link with anyone you think is interested in finding out more about this fast-track doctoral degree: https://go.bst.edu/programs/dmin/.

BST elects two Emeritus Trustees

At a recent BST Board of Trustees meeting, two Emeritus Trustees were brought on to the board in recognition of their significant contributions to society, the church, and BST.

Rev. Dr. Everett Curry (‘67) has served pastorally in the San Fernando Valley, Coachella Valley, Los Angeles City, Hawaii, and Oregon. He served two judicatories, Los Angeles Baptist City Mission Society and American Baptist Churches of Oregon, and two American Baptist related educational institutions, Linfield University and Berkeley School of Theology.

Everett served as Trustee for American Baptist Seminary of the West for eight years representing his region. While in that capacity, he volunteered four years as Director of Development at the school, encouraging the growth of financial strength through continued development of graduates.

Dr. Harold Davis has over thirty years of commitment to BST in a variety of roles, including board chair and chair of the finance/investment committee. He has served in small nonprofits and mid-sized organizations and also worked his way up through the ranks to become the head of the Housing Authority of Oakland overseeing hundreds of employees. He has also served as the President of the ABCUSA national denomination and in other areas within the ABCUSA denomination. Despite being retired for years now, Harold is connected within the community and still active at Beth Eden Baptist Church.

Class for Summer 2021 - White Supremacy & the Bible

Sign up now for BST’s summer course “White Supremacy & the Bible”, which is open to anyone who is interested in this topic!

The Bible has been used throughout the centuries to create, support, and sustain the institutions of white supremacy, racism, and slavery as well as the colonization of the world by euro-centric powers. This course will survey the history of biblical interpretation that under-girds the movements mentioned above as a means of stimulating new ways of thinking about and interpreting the Bible for a contemporary inter-cultural and inclusive society. The course will meet once a week on Tuesday evenings 6:00 to 8:00 pm for 6 sessions June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27. All class sessions will be held via Zoom. Students taking the course for credit will be required to submit one final paper by September 7, 2021. Auditors welcome! Professor: LeAnn Snow Flesher, PhD.

In an effort to support and encourage our extended family as we move into our new post-COVID normal, the BST faculty and administration wish to offer BST alumni one free course each academic year. If you know of a course that you wish to take please contact the Registrar, Kat Croswell at kcrowell@bst.edu.

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Why the BST Bulletin?

You may have noticed that we’ve recently changed the name and format for our newsletter. Why the changes and why the name? In our evaluation of all things BST after the seminary name change, we wanted to continue to move into a new era while still reaching back to honor our roots. In looking through our archives, we came across a former print newsletter that used to be published by BBDS named “Bulletin of Berkeley Baptist Divinity School.” We liked the name and the connection to the past, so here we are presenting you with the BST Bulletin, keeping you updated with everything going on at Berkeley School of Theology.

Alumni Updates

Dale Edmondson (‘57) is retired pastor of Judson Memorial Baptist Church in Minneapolis, having previously served the First Baptist Church of Berkeley, California. He is an alumnus of Berkeley School of Theology and Regents Park College, Oxford University. Edmondson was a founding member of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America and in retirement taught in the College of Theology at Central Philippine University. He lives in San Leandro, California. He recently had an article published in Good Faith Media that you can read here.

Don and Anne Darby (‘67) recently hosted the third Zoom reunion meeting of the class of ’66-’67. Don Robertson (‘66) shared a slide show of old photos he had to everyone’s delight; Dr. Brenneman gave a brief update on the new marketing campaign resulting in a very large increase of new inquiries about BST’s programs. Dean Snow-Flesher shared about the new launch of D.Min. program. Everyone was excited about this new “culturally responsive” approach. All participants shared what was going on in their lives and appreciated catching up with classmates. If you’d like to host a reunion meeting of your classmates, please reach out to info@bst.edu and let us know so we can help!

John Landgraf (’69) lives in Hayden, ID where he and his wife Laura co-lead retreats. John also serves as a counselor at the Center for Ministry in the West. His six-decade career has included work as an evangelist, musician, pastor, chaplain, professor, seminary president, published author and psychotherapist. The Landgrafs have seven grandchildren between them, age 1 to 23. Laura is a well-known author and speaker.

Please keep Matt Henry (‘99) and Amy Pearson (‘98) in your prayers. Amy has been placed in hospice care and is now mostly unresponsive. Matt and Amy have been serving in pastoral ministry in Eastern Oregon, where they currently reside.

BST Job Board

Are you looking to hire for your church, school, or other organization? Consider a BST alum/student and post your listing on our job postings page! Email a copy of the job description with all relevant job and contact info to info@bst.edu and we’ll add it to our job postings!

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