WFU Divinity School graduates third class

By Jacob McConnico
May 18, 2004

The Wake Forest University Divinity School, which was founded in 1999 and offers the master of divinity degree in an ecumenical full-time program, granted degrees to the third class in school history this year.

Fifteen students, representing eight different states, comprised this year's graduating class. This year's graduates include:

  • Eric Sean Childers of Hickory, N.C.
  • Brittany Meredith Davis of Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Charlotte Warren Disher of Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Cheryl Ann Snider Garrison of Greensboro, N.C.
  • Michael Lynn Gregg of Nashville, Tenn.
  • Joshua Ramseur Helms of Charlotte, N.C.
  • Christopher Edmond Lawson of King, N.C.
  • LaVerne Cathey Lucas of Cheltenham, Md.
  • Richard Howard Rogers of Birmingham, Ala.
  • Geoffrey Noel Schoonmaker of Travelers Rest, S.C.
  • Corum Seth Smith of Hendersonville, N.C.
  • Nicholas David Stepp of Big Stone Gap, Va.
  • John Allison Templeton of Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Christopher James Towles of Lyman, Miss.
  • Jeremy Lynn Williams of Kentwood, La.

The three-year master of divinity degree program at Wake Forest offers a curriculum that includes instruction in traditional seminary subjects like biblical studies, church history, theology, homiletics (the art of preaching), spirituality and pastoral care taught by full-time Divinity School faculty.

Because the school is set within the larger context of the university, students are also able to study under other Wake Forest faculty. Divinity students have taken courses in the religion and classics departments, at the School of Law and in Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center's Clinical Pastoral Education program.

In addition to the traditional curriculum, the Divinity School offers a unique vocational development component that requires intensive participation through all three years of study. The program provides a series of professional development activities and opportunities for reflection on the ministry. Through this component, students work in a church or other ministry setting and are paired with mentors in the community.

For more information about the Divinity School, visit its Web site at

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