Despite the lack of a commencement celebration due to COVID-19, the Arizona Campus of Gateway Seminary recognized 19 graduates in the spring.
“In the most difficult of circumstances, these graduates fulfilled their calling to complete their seminary studies,” said Arizona Campus Director Dallas Bivins.
The degrees and their recipients were:
• Master of Divinity: Hannah McEuen, Michael Grigsby, Billy Langston and Erik Maness
• Master of Theological Studies: Thomas Amos, David Brunner, Rob Craig, Dustin Daniels, Terrence Ellman, Heather Hatch, George Hopman, Donnie Johnson, Mia Langston, Nate Parrow, Laura Thomas and Josh Tompkins
• Ministry to Women Certificate: Laurie Thomas
• Bible Teaching Certificate: John Conant and Gary Karli
Several students received special honors and awards.
Michael Grigsby received the Baker Bookhouse Award in Theology. This award is given to a student who excelled in the study of theology or Biblical studies. Grigsby worked full-time and maintained a 3.92 cumulative GPA. He currently serves at North Phoenix Baptist Church and aspires to serve as a church planting missionary in Italy..
The Francis DuBose Award in Missions, given to a student called to cross-cultural missions, was awarded to Hannah McEuen. She completed her master of divinity degree in four years while working two part-time jobs. Actively pursuing her call to Thailand and Kenya, she serves at Pinnacle Church in Tempe.
Dustin Daniels received the Buren Higdon Christian Leadership Award, apresidential award. Coming out of a long-term addictive lifestyle, Daniels founded Seven Places Ministry and wrote The Sex Spiral. For many years, he helped transform countless lives of those caught in addiction. Daniels is pastor of River Church in Cottonwood.
The Stringer Award, recognizing a student who has persevered through significant hardship to earn a seminary degree, was given to Nate Parrow. He is a devoted husband, pastor in his church and a hard-working student, enduring many obstacles to earn his degree. Parrow serves as an associate pastor at Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix.
David Brunner received the Broadman & Holman Seminary Award, given to a student in recognition of overall excellence and achievement in both academics and ministry. Starting seminary without a bachelor’s degree, he excelled in the “Masters by Exception” program, earning the master of theological studies degree with a 3.9 GPA. This fall, he will re-enroll to earn his master of divinity degree. He serves as a jack-of-all-trades minister (youth, music and administration) at Beaver Creek Baptist Church in Rim Rock.
The Joy Balyeat Nash Award, celebrating the support of a spouse as their “significant other” pursues seminary education, was given to to two students, Billy and Mia Langston. As Billy begin his seminary journey, Mia also felt God’s calling to go. During their seminary experience, they were blessed with two children, endured a serious back injury and moved twice (from Arizona to Florida) but continued their education without a hiccup. Through seminary, Billy has changed his role in the U.S. Air Force, now preparing for the chaplaincy. Mia will continue toward the master of divinity degree in the fall.
The class of 2020 has been invited to walk with the 2021 class at next year’s commencement on May 29, 2021.