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Columbia’s 178th Academic Year Begins September 8


Decatur, GA.— William C. Pender will be the preacher at Columbia Theological Seminary’s opening convocation on Thursday, September 8. His sermon title is “Outside Words . . . Inside Words,” based on Matthew 13:31-33; 44-46. The service will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Columbia Presbyterian Church, adjacent to the seminary. The public is invited. Dr. Pender, a Columbia alumnus and a member of the Board of Trustees, is the senior pastor of the Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, SC, where he has served since 1989. He previously served pastorates in Presbyterian congregations in Florida and North Carolina. His educational background includes a B.A. from Dartmouth College, an M.Div. from Columbia, and a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University. He is the author of a book on Revelation in the Geneva Press Interpretation Bible Study series, has taught for Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC, in their Masters of Christian Education program, and has taught for Columbia Theological Seminary, in the Doctor of Ministry program. 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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