Alumni Appeal

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July 2012

Dear Providence Seminary Alumni/ae:

I have been serving the Lord at Providence Seminary now for twenty-two years. It is hard to believe that time has passed so quickly. I had opportunity in one way or another to get to know many of you as students. Now I am writing this note as interim President, taking over for Dr Konkel.

We have now finished our ATS reaccreditation process. One of the things we learned is that the test of our education lies in the success of our graduates. It is one thing to design an interesting curriculum. It is quite another to test that curriculum in the furnace of ministry. Thanks to all of you who have provided feedback over the years with respect to your perspective on the effectiveness of your seminary education.

Our alumni and alumnae form the outcome of our mission to serve the church by training leaders. I want to thank you for choosing to study at Providence Seminary however many years ago it has been. I am sure you also want to thank those people who made it possible for you to attend. We sometimes think that the amount we paid in tuition was the cost of our education. But that is not true. Seminary tuition covers only a portion of the amount it takes to provide quality theological education and ministry training. We all need to thank God for the provision that made your training possible.

Perhaps you are in a position to help provide theological education to the present group of students. Whether you can give a little or a lot, I encourage you to invest in Providence students. The Providence Board, employees, and general donors provide money for the general fund. Alumni donations are used to provide scholarships to make Seminary education more accessible to students.

I look forward to hearing from you,


David H. Johnson
Professor of New Testament
Interim President


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