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University of North Texas Alumnus Receives Highest Honors at Columbia Seminary Commencement


Decatur, GA.—Lewis Casey Thompson, received the Master of Divinity degree and was awarded the Wilds Book Prize, the Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of St. Andrew Preaching Award, and the Fannie Jordan Bryan Fellowship on May 14 during commencement exercises of Columbia Theological Seminary. Columbia’s highest academic honor, the Wilds Book Prize is given annually to the graduating student selected by the faculty for having the highest academic distinction throughout the Master of Divinity program. The Presbytery of St. Andrew Preaching Award is a cash award given to the Master of Divinity student who, in the judgment of the faculty, preaches the best sermon at Columbia during the academic year. The Bryan Fellowship was established through a generous legacy left to Columbia by the late Fannie Jordan Bryan of Columbia, SC. The fellowship is awarded to an M.Div. student who intends to pursue further study. Originally from Bedford, TX, Thompson recently accepted a call to serve as associate pastor for congregational life at Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN. Thompson is one of 92 students who received diplomas from one of Columbia’s five degree programs during commencement exercises. Columbia Theological Seminary, founded in 1828, is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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