Graduation services held throughout South America
Chile Nazarene Bible Seminary
Chile Nazarene Bible Seminary celebrated eight graduates in a ceremony held 17 November in Santiago, Chile.
The ceremony was attended by a number of leaders from the region, including Southern Cone Field Strategy Coordinator Juan Jose Zani, Regional Education Coordinator Jorge Julca, President of the National Board of Chile Richard Faunde, and four Chile district superintendents — Oscar Varas, Orestes Barboza, Juan Carlos Ibañez, and Alessandro Polonio.
Seven of the students received a Bachelor in Theology, and one student received her License in Theology — Ana Mardones — making her the first woman in Chile to earn the degree. Mardones is also the first Chilean woman to be ordained as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene.
Peru Nazarene Theological Seminary and its New Horizon satellite campus held their 2018 graduation ceremonies.
Los Angeles District Superintendent Greg Garman reminded the graduates at each ceremony that the call to ministry includes pastoring, evangelizing, and serving. To illustrate his message, Garman used a staff to represent the work of a pastor, a net to illustrate our call to be fishers of men, and a towel and basin to symbolize the call to Christian service.
Graduation attendees included Peru NTS Rector Evelio Vasquez, Regional Education Coordinator Jorge Julca, New Horizon Satellite Campus Director Edgardo Roman, and the district superintendents of the areas served by the satellite campus.
A group of youth from the Santa Rosa Church of the Nazarene in Chiclayo also attended the satellite campus graduation with their pastor and local leaders to serve children in the local communities.
There were 59 graduates from the main seminary campus and eight graduates from the satellite campus.
The 2018 graduation ceremony for Southern Cone Nazarene Theological Seminary was held 10 November in the Bruno Radi Convention Center in Pilar, Buenos Aires, Argentina. A total of 24 students from a number of districts in the Southern Cone and Bolivia graduated from the Diploma in Theology, Bachelor in Theology, and License in Theology programs.
Southern Cone Field Strategy Coordinator Juan José Zany preached at the graduation. Several leaders from the region also participated in the ceremony, including Southern Cone NTS Rector and Regional Education Coordinator Jorge Julca, Central Argentine District Superintendent Marcelo Correa, North Patagonia District Superintendent Eduardo Martinez, and Litoral Disctrict Superintendent Enrique Sardiello.
The ceremony included testimonies from graduates representing the different academic programs and a presentation of a Certificate of Accreditation from the City of Buenos Aires. The event ended with the traditional cutting of cake and a time of fellowship between the graduates and guests.