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Bethesda Presbyterian Church Member Receives Award in Theology at Columbia Seminary Commencement


Decatur, GA.—Brandon Hood, a member of Bethesda Presbyterian in Aberdeen, NC, received the Master of Divinity degree and was presented the Toms-McGarrahan Award in Theology on May 20 during the commencement exercises of Columbia Theological Seminary. The Toms-McGarrahan Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the area of Christian theology. The award is given in honor of the Rev. Russell Toms, a 1951 graduate of Columbia, and his daughter Eunice McGarrahan. Hood is originally from Southern Pines, NC and holds the B.A. from Davidson College in Davidson, NC. He is a candidate for ministry under the care of the Coastal Carolina Presbytery and is seeking a call to parish ministry. Hood is one of 121 students who received diplomas from one of Columbia’s five degree programs during commencement exercises. Columbia Theological Seminary, established in 1828, is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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