Published on May 8, 2017 by Kristen Padilla  
Outstanding Achievement Recipients 2017

Six students were recognized for outstanding achievement in various fields of study for the 2016–17 academic year during a special community worship service at Beeson Divinity School April 27.

Four students who will graduate May 8 with Master of Divinity degrees received the following awards:

Christopher Campbell received the James Earl Massey Student Preacher Award for excellence in preaching. He preached a sermon during the last community worship service of the semester entitled, “Let the Word Do the Work!” based on 1 Thessalonians 2:13–16.

Joshua Steele received the History and Doctrine Award in recognition of his exemplary scholarship in historical and systematic theology.

Courtney Trotter received the William M. Todd Award for Biblical Languages in recognition for her mastery of biblical languages.

Palmer Kennedy received the Most Distinguished M.Div. Student Award in recognition of his outstanding and holistic achievement in scholarship, Christian spirituality and ministry involvement.

Two other awards were given to nongraduating students.

Andrew Moskau received he Pastoral Ministry Award for his outstanding achievement in the study of pastoral theology and practice of pastoral ministry. Moskau graduated in December 2016 and is now associate pastor of the Vineyard Church of New Orleans.

First-year M.Div. student Jarrod Reese received this year’s Mathews-Thielman Scholarship Award, given in recognition of exemplary Christian character and acumen in biblical studies. The award was established several years ago in honor of two professors, Frank Thielman and Ken Mathews, for their 25th anniversaries at Beeson Divinity School.

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