A Monthly Newsletter of Faith Theological Seminary
in this issue
- Register for Fall Classes 2019
- 82nd Annual Commencement Highlights
- Free Biblical Counseling Successful
- ftsconnection Reporters Needed
- Student Testimonies—Tabitha Pigeon
- Faculty Spotlight—Dr. John L. Lepera
Register for Fall Classes 2019
82nd Annual Commencement Highlights
Faith Theological Seminary observed the 82nd Annual Commencement on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The Special Speaker for the event was the Rev. Dr. David Anderson, Founder and Senior Pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, Columbia, Maryland. The singing group Voices of Faith and Soloist Kevin Carr provided soul-stirring music for the event. Degrees were conferred upon graduates by Dr. Robert J. Anderson, Chairman of the Board, Dr. Norman J. Manohar, President and Dr. John L. Lepera, Professor. Eight students received Bachelor of Arts in Religion degrees, eight students received Master of Divinity degrees and Doctor of Ministry degrees were conferred upon three students. For the first time in the history of FTS, white doves were released and flew around the seminary to honor the hard work and success of those who graduated. A luncheon was held at the Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet following the event.
Come, Taste, and See For Free! Biblical Counseling Course
A Packed House!
Come, Taste, and See For Free! was a free two-week intensive course on Biblical Counseling held in the evening at Faith Theological Seminary on ten nights from June 17-21 and June 24-28, 2019. Taught by FTS President, Dr. Manohar, Biblical answers to counseling issues such as Knowing God’s Will, Anger, Depression, Substance Abuse and Pornography. A Certificate of Completion was awarded to the hundreds of people who attended. If you attended the class and desire to continue your training and preparation at Faith to disseminate the Gospel of Jesus Christ, apply at fts.edu/apply.
ftsconnection Reporters Needed
It wasn’t too long ago when the average person looked forward each morning to a newspaper that would arrive on the doorsteps of their home. Today, the way news is gathered and consumed has changed. The Pew Research Center reported that for the first time ever, more people got their news from the web than newspapers and nearly half of all Americans now get some form of local news on a mobile device.
While we do offer a paper version of the ftsconnection, most of the time it is read on a mobile device or a desktop computer. Additionally, much of the information gathered for consumption is obtained through the power of a cellphone.
It is for this reason that in order to obtain and share relevant information of the goings on at Faith Theological Seminary, we need “roving reporters” to capture pictures of FTS-related events and submit brief summaries to the editor. If you have the time to write the article for publishing in the ftsconnection that would be even more helpful.
Social Media Campaign Continues Through Summer
Please support and spread the word about Faith Theological Seminary by writing a positive rating in the reviews section of the social media site that you
use. Let’s work together to increase FTS enrollment by 100 students by the end of 2019!
This month we introduce you to Tabitha Pigeon, a 2019 graduate of Faith’s Bachelor’s program.
“It is funny how four years can seem like a long span of time but also so short a time. The four long years that I spent at Faith Theological Seminary in the Bachelor’s program sped by so quickly. It was a time full of new challenges and experiences. I had been homeschooled all my life so it was very new for me to have to travel to an institution with various classes, instructors, and students. However, everyone was very kind and friendly. I enjoyed the classes and the various teaching styles of the instructors. I am very thankful to God that I could attend a school rooted in sound Biblical principles.
As I grew in knowledge through the courses at Faith Theological Seminary, the school also developed. I witnessed the building being renovated with improved classrooms, upgraded desks and chairs, and a new student lounge. I also saw the staff and faculty change as well; teachers have come and gone, as well as personnel in the upstairs offices. My time at this seminary was a fascinating journey wherein I have made many friends and learned many things about both the Bible and life. It was a great experience and I am grateful for having been a part of Faith Theological Seminary. May the school flourish and continue to shine the light of God’s Word for many years.”
The mission of Faith Theological Seminary is to prepare men and women for the dissemination of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have been working towards state accreditation and we have fulfilled all of the requirements and must maintain a $500,000 surety bond. With your help, we can make a greater impact in Baltimore and beyond. With state-level accreditation, FTS can start an online program to train and equip more Christian leaders to serve God’s Kingdom.
Dr. John Lepera received a B.S. and M.S. majoring in physics from Ball State University, and his M.Div. and Th.D. from Faith Theological Seminary. He is ordained by, and licensed with, the American Presbyterian Church, Inc. (Florida) and International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (California). He teaches courses:
Apologetics, Science and the Bible, Ethics, Biblical Interpretation, and Intro to the New Testament. He has previously served as the Director of Special Initiatives for Lancaster Bible College at the Center for Urban Theological Studies in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Lepera strives to make courses interesting and meaningful for FTS students. His academic interests include, exploring and determining the Biblical truth of the First Century (Early, Primitive, NT, House) Church, investigating the errors in the many false religions of the world and keeping up on the latest “real” science that proves the Genesis Flood.
Dr. Lepera has a hobby that few would think he had: Ballroom/Latin Dancing and has competed as an amateur and enjoys it immensely along with scuba diving, running through the woods with his Norwegian Elkhound, Xana and weight lifting (until a few months ago when he tore his supraspinatus tendon and had rotator
cuff surgery). Dr. Lepera has traveled extensively visiting 20 countries plus 14 islands, 4 continents, and 40 states.
Dr. Lepera’s hope for the students at FTS is that they will learn to actively apply their education to affect the world positively for the Kingdom of God.