Eight students graduate from Gateway Arizona

By John Paul Walton | May 29, 2024

The May graduates of the Arizona Campus of Gateway Seminary are pictured with the Arizona Campus faculty and Gateway President Jeff Iorg.

The class of 2024 at the Arizona Campus of Gateway Seminary graduated on May 11. Eight students graduated in the commencement ceremony at CityView Church in Phoenix. The ceremony was led by Dallas Bivins, director of the Arizona Campus.

The seminary held its annual Gateway Gathering at CityView Church on May 10. Alumni, students, friends and family celebrated the accomplishments of the graduates as well as the certificate recipients.

Jeff Iorg concluded his duties as president of Gateway Seminary with his commencement address. He now serves as president of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. At the ceremony, Iorg spoke from his wealth of leadership knowledge, charging the students to follow God’s leading into difficult things and to recognize the way God works in them as they minister to others. Adam Groza, an Arizona native, is the new president of Gateway Seminary.

Gateway Seminary Arizona Campus faculty pray for the new graduates.

The degrees and their recipients were:

  • Master of Theological Essentials: Tracy Simmons
  • Master of Theological Studies: Jason Boley
  • Master of Global Engagement: Julia Curtis
  • Master of Arts in Christian Counseling: Carla Jean Meyer
  • Master of Divinity: Joseph Flanigan, Sean Kang, Jeffrey Mashaw and Jeffrey Stachmus

Three students were recognized with awards during the ceremony.

Julia Curtis was awarded the Dan and Harriet Stringer Award for a student who has demonstrated perseverance through difficulty in completing seminary education. Joseph Flanigan was awarded the Broadman & Holman Seminarian Award. Jeffrey Mashaw was awarded the Zondervan Award in Biblical Hebrew.

At the end of commencement, Gateway Arizona Campus faculty and new graduates pray over Jeff Iorg as he concludes his service as president of Gateway. He began serving as president of the SBC Executive Committee May 13.

During Gateway Gathering, Debra Wolfrey, who retired at the end of the spring term, was recognized for her many years of faithful teaching at Gateway Seminary. For many years, she has been the source and the standard for educational ministry leadership in Arizona.

Bivins was also recognized for his 10 years of service as the director of the Arizona campus. He is the longest serving director in campus history.

Gateway Seminary is focused on partnering with churches to equip all kinds of ministry leaders. One of the easiest ways to get started with seminary is the Bible Teaching Certificate. In as short as 18 months, participants are trained in Old Testament, New Testament and the principles of Bible teaching.

This certificate can also be a starting point toward pursuing a master’s degree. Options include the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and more. For more information, call 602-843-8544.

John Paul Walton is librarian at the Arizona Campus of Gateway Seminary.

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