Mid-America Reformed Seminary celebrated her seventeenth commencement ceremony on Friday evening, May 17, 2002 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Hammond, Indiana. The Rev. Alan Lutz of Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) addressed the graduates with a sermon entitled, “From Sending to Saving.” Rev. Lutz preached from Romans 10:14–15 and challenged the graduates to recognize the important role preaching plays in God’s plan of salvation, showing how the sending of ministers of the Word is the primary means God uses in saving sinners
Seminary President Dr. Cornel Venema presented graduates David Khobal, Daniel Patterson and Kyle Sorensen to Board President Rev. Richard Kuiken who offered the graduates their diplomas. Dr. Nelson Kloosterman brought a charge to the graduates as they prepare to take up their ministries in the church. A reception of cake, coffee and punch followed the commencement exercises in the church basement.
Graduate David Khobal and his wife Cing Pi are returning to their native Myanmar where David will take up teaching duties at the Reformed Theological College of Myanmar. Danny Patterson and his wife Skye will be moving west to Battle Mountain, Nevada, where Danny is preparing to be ordained and installed as pastor of Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Kyle Sorensen and his wife Danielle will be moving to Manitowoc, Wisconsin where Kyle has been called as pastor of Salem-Ebenezer Reformed Church.
Pictured are (from left to right) Commencement speaker Rev. Alan Lutz, David Khobal, Kyle Sorensen, and Danny Patterson.