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Atlanta Area Graduates Recognized at Columbia Seminary Commencement


Decatur, GA.—Eight Atlanta-area residents received the Master of Divinity degree and were recognized for outstanding academic achievement on May 14 during commencement exercises of Columbia Theological Seminary. Among this year’s 92 graduates, they are Jane Cook Barwick, Barbara Deemer Douglass, Michael René Ducheneau, Paul Glenn Hackett, Charles Davis Hankins, Edward Cader Howard, Jr., Chul Young Jeon, and Joel Lee Tolbert. Jane Cook Barwick received the James T. and Celeste M. Boyd Book Fund Award. The award is given to an M.Div. student who, in the judgment of the faculty, would be a good steward of a theological library and has demonstrated a desire through studies to build a personal theological library. Barwick, of Atlanta, holds the B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, and the J.D. from the University of Georgia. She is house counsel for the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Barbara Deemer Douglass received the George and Sally Telford Award, given to an outstanding Doctor of Ministry graduate who shows exceptional ability for congregational leadership with an emphasis on social justice issues and vision for the church. Douglass holds the B.A. from Hollins College in Roanoke, VA, and the M.A.T.S. from Columbia Seminary. She is the Perinatal Loss Specialist at Northside Hospital. Michael René Ducheneau received The Columbia Graduate Fellowship awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated exceptional academic ability. The fellowship may be applied to any advanced degree beyond the Master of Divinity. Ducheneau holds the B.A. from the University of Georgia and will enter the Master of Theology program at Columbia Seminary this fall. Paul Glenn Hackett received the William Rivers Waddey Fund Award, established by Walter and Cecilia Waddey in memory of their son, William, who was an active and vital part of the youth program at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. The fund provides support for a graduating basic degree student possessing extraordinary gifts for youth ministry and pursuing such a call in the church. Hackett is a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, WV. He is a candidate for ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is seeking a call to parish ministry. Charles Davis Hankins received the Harvard A. Anderson Fellowship, established by the Rev. and Mrs. Harvard A. Anderson of Orlando, FL. The fellowship is awarded to the graduating student determined by the faculty to have the greatest potential for future academic achievement. Hankins, originally from Charlotte, NC, holds the B.S. from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He will begin Ph.D. studies this fall in the Hebrew Bible program at Emory University. Edward Cader Howard, Jr. received the William Dudley Award, given to an M.Div. graduate who has shown significant achievement, interest, and commitment in the area of evangelism and church growth. Howard, who is from Cary, NC, holds the B.S. from Davidson College in Davidson, NC. He recently accepted a call to serve as associate pastor for evangelism and church development at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church. Chul Young Jeon received the Columbia Friendship Circle Fellowship, given to an outstanding graduate to recognize superior academic achievement and provide support for further study. Jeon holds the B.S.E.E. from Sung Kyun Kwan University in Korea and is a candidate for ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA). This fall he enters the Master of Theology program at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. Joel Lee Tolbert received the Anna Church Whitner Memorial Fellowship, given periodically to a graduate who intends to pursue advanced study. The fellowship is made possible by a legacy left to the seminary in 1928 by the late William C. Whitner of Rock Hill, SC, in memory of his mother. Tolbert holds the B.S. from Mercer University in Macon, GA. He is a candidate for ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is seeking a call to parish ministry. Columbia Theological Seminary, founded in 1828, is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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