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Graduates Under Care of National Capital Presbytery Recognized at Columbia Seminary Commencement


Decatur, GA.— Two seminarians under care of National Capital Presbytery received the Master of Divinity degree and were recognized for outstanding academic achievement on May 16 during commencement exercises of Columbia Theological Seminary. Luther Franklin Fant, Jr. and John Victor Landt Weicher were among 84 students who received diplomas from one of Columbia’s five degree programs. Fant was the recipient of the Wilds Book Prize, Columbia’s highest academic honor. The award is given annually to the graduating student selected by the faculty for having the highest academic distinction throughout the Master of Divinity program. Fant is from Alexandria, VA, and holds the B.S. from Clemson University and the Ph.D. from Florida State University. He serves as pastor of Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church, in Columbia, SC. John Victor Landt Weicher received the Toms-McGarrahan Award in Theology, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the area of Christian theology. The award is given in honor of Rev. Russell Toms, a 1951 graduate of Columbia, and his daughter Eunice McGarrahan. Weicher is from Washington, DC, and holds the A.B. from Princeton University. He serves as director for youth, family, and children’s ministries at Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, in Atlanta. Columbia Theological Seminary, founded in 1828, is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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