Ridley Melbourne’s graduation was full of excitement this year as 70 students received their awards and were commissioned for ministry and mission. Dean of the Australian College of Theology, Rev Dr Mark Harding commented that “there is a real buzz in the place.”
Four people received doctorates, including Rhys Bezzant whose work on Puritan theologian Jonathan Edwards’ view of church will be published by Oxford University Press this year.
The Right Reverend John Harrower, Bishop of Tasmania reminded the gathering that mission begins with adoration and devotion of God. Joel and Kristina Kettleton, who are now serving as Deacons in Tasmania, also spoke about their experiences at Ridley which built them up to send them out.
While the graduation marks the achievements of so many students, it also recognises that study is not an end in itself. Among the graduates are those who will serve in churches, schools, Bible colleges, universities and workplaces in Melbourne, Warragul, NSW, Queensland, the Northern Territory, Hong Kong and Tanzania.
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