Please join us on June 9, 2018 to celebrate our 47th annual commencement!


Commencement Speaker:

Ronald J. Sider (PhD, Yale University) is the founder and president emeritus of Evangelicals for Social Action and distinguished professor of theology, holistic ministry, and public policy at Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger and The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience. Dr. Sider has spoken on six continents, published PRISM magazine, regularly contributed to Christianity Today and Sojourners, and served on various national boards and councils.


  • Welcome¬†– Karen Sawyer (Chair, Board of Trustees)
  • Congregational Singing¬†– Immanuel Church Worship Team
  • Prayer¬†– Dan K. Williams (Director of Urban Programs & Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology)
  • Testimony¬†– Anthony L. Ramos-Ruiz (Master of Divinity Student)
  • Scripture Reading:¬†Matthew 9:35, 28:16-20 – Stephen S. Taylor (Associate Professor of New Testament)
  • Introduction of Speaker¬†– Frank A. James, III (President and Professor of Historical Theology)
  • Commencement Address:¬†‚ÄúBiblical Balance, Biblical Balance‚ÄĚ – Ronald J. Sider (Distinguished Senior Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry & Public Policy, Eastern University)
  • Announcement of Awards¬†– Faculty
  • Testimony¬†– Heather Lynn Rice (Doctor of Ministry Student)
  • Conferral of Degrees¬†– Frank A. James, III; David Lamb (Allan A. MacRae Professor of Old Testament and Dean of the Faculty); Kyuboem Lee (Director of DMin Program & Assistant Professor of Missiology)
  • Congregational Singing¬†– Immanuel Church Worship Team
  • Benediction¬†– Cynthia Parker (Clarke Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies)