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Columbia Theological Seminary Announces Distinguished Service Awards


Decatur, GA. — Columbia Theological Seminary has presented the Distinguished Service Awards for 2008 to Maake J. Masango and Joseph S. Harvard, III. The awards are presented annually to two graduates who have shown outstanding Christian service in ministry. Masango received an M.T.S. in 1981 and a Th.D. in 1994 from Columbia. Masango serves a global ministry that stretches from his native South Africa to the United States and Europe. He is professor of practical theology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and served as moderator of the Presbyterian Church of South Africa from 1976-1977. Masango is an executive member of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. He is also a published author and member of numerous teaching associations, bodies, and committees. A 1966 graduate of Columbia, Harvard’s ministry has embarked on a lifelong quest for social justice that reaches out to people of all classes, races, and ethnicities. He served his local community as co-chair of the Durham Racial Understanding Committee, a founder of the Durham Habitat for Humanity, and a board member of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke. Dr. Harvard has served the Presbyterian Church as chair of the Committee on Assembly Operations and the Assembly’s Urban Ministry Committee, and as Moderator of the Presbytery of New Hope. His numerous public service awards include the Freedom Award from the NAACP. St. Andrews College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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