Local seminary to hold first graduation

Local seminary to hold first graduation
Heidelberg Theological Seminary, which opened its doors four years ago in Vermillion, will graduate its first class of students on May 5, with exercises beginning at 7 p.m. at Providence Reformed Church, 830 Madison Street in Vermillion.

Scott Henry, who moved to Vermillion from Palmdale, CA, to attend Heidelberg Seminary, and Chuck Muether, who has commuted from his home in Pella, IA, to attend classes, will receive their diplomas at the graduation exercises.

The speaker for Heidelberg Seminary's graduation will be the Rev. Vernon Pollema, pastor of Ebenezer Reformed Church in Shafter, CA, and president of the annual meetings of the Synod of the Reformed Church in the United States for the past 18 years. Rev. Pollema is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, and has become a noted preacher and church leader during his years in the Christian ministry. He grew up at Hull, IA, and is married to the former Elizabeth Gross, who grew up at Hosmer. The Pollemas have four grown children and several grandchildren.

Since its opening in September 2002, Heidelberg Seminary has outgrown its first facility donated by Providence Reformed Church, and has purchased and moved into the former Jehovah's Witness building at 905 Highway 50 in Vermillion. First classes were held in the new building on April 5, 2005. The seminary has also obtained substantial library holdings that include about six thousand volumes and many periodicals. The building will be open for visitors all day on May 5.

The faculty of Heidelberg Theological Seminary includes Dr. Robert Grossmann of Vermillion, professor of Systematic Theology and Pastoral Studies, Dr. Warren Embree of Lincoln, NE, professor of New Testament and Church history, and Rev. Maynard Koerner of Lincoln, NE, adjunct professor of Pastoral Studies and Preaching.

The Seminary's curriculum consists of four years of classroom study with practical work during the summers under the oversight of an experienced pastor. Also in attendance at the Seminary's graduation exercises will be Board of Trustees members from across the United States, including South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri and California. Board President is attorney M. Ted Griess of Sutton, NE.

Heidelberg Seminary's graduates look forward to serving as pastors in the near future. Henry has already been licensed to preach the gospel by the South Central Classis of the Reformed church in the U.S., and has been called to pastor Zion Reformed Church at Menno. Muether is well on his way to licensure in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and is seeking a pastoral call.

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