TBS Celebrates 2020 Graduates

Updated: Sep 18

2020 Graduates with Dean of Graduate Programs, Dr. Doug Petrovich (left), and Provost, Dr. Scott Stripling (right).

TBS celebrated its fifth class of graduates on August 16, 2020 at Family Life Church in Sugar Land, Texas. Two Master’s degree graduates and eight Bible Certificate graduates crossed the stage in a joy-filled, God-honoring ceremony. TBS also posthumously awarded a Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology degree to the family of Durwin Kicker, and a Bible Certificate to the family of Rosemary Mata.


Since beginning the certificate program in 2008 and the graduate program in 2012, TBS has graduated 56 Bible Certificate students, one Licensed Professional student, five Master of Arts students and 16 Master of Divinity students for a total of 78 graduates.

Completion of these programs stands as a monumental achievement ranging from 10 credit hours for the Bible Certificate program to 84 credit hours for the Master of Divinity degree.


Master's degree students graduating included (above, L-R): Kim Kicker accepting posthumously on behalf of her husband, Durwin Kicker, Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology; Krystyna Cawthorne, Master of Divinity and Valedictorian; and Destry Jackson, Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology.


Bible Certificate graduates included (above, L-R, front row): Blake Quimby, Diane Miller, Philip Mata accepting posthumously for his wife Rosemary Mata; (2nd row) Michael Cash and Robert Davila; (3rd row) Sandra Paiz and Elena Sustaita; (back row) William W. Carpenter and Deby Feliciano.


In her valedictory message, Cawthorne highlighted TBS’s stellar, world-renowned professors, the atmosphere of family found among staff, faculty, and students, and the ways in which she is now equipped to enter the ministry to which God has called her. As mom to a special needs son for more than twenty years, she is developing curriculum for use by mothers of special needs children.


“Each class is an intellectual, emotional, and spiritual adventure like no other I have ever encounter-ed,” she exclaimed, “The experience was transformational.”


“TBS offers high-quality, affordable ministry training that is impacting the world,” proclaimed Provost Stripling. “We want to know your name and share your ministry adventures.”


TBS students and alumni serve in ministries around the world as pastors, church and non-profit staff, lay and worship leaders, educators, authors, foreign missionaries, archaeologists, as well as leaders in homes and workplaces ranging from businesses to education to healthcare.

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