Local seminary sets opening exercises

Local seminary sets opening exercises
Heidelbrg Theological Seminary in Vermillion has set its opening convocation for Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. This gathering, which officially opens the 2007-2008 academic year, will be held in Providence Reformed Church at 830 Madison St. in Vermillion.

This is the sixth year of the operation of Heidelberg Seminary, whose classroom and library building is at 905 Highway 50, across the highway from the east end of the Polaris building. An open house at the classroom building will be held following the convocation. The public is invited to attend and tour the seminary's facilities later.

The new students for this year are Shane deGraffenreid and Rob Nason, who moved here with their families from Missouri and Alaska last summer, and who began classes in biblical Greek in July.

The professors teaching at Heidelberg Seminary are the Rev. Dr. Warren Embree and the Rev. Maynard Koerner, both of Lincoln, NE, and the Rev. Dr. Robert Grossmann, who also serves as pastor of Providence Reformed Church in Vermillion.

Classes being taught fall semester include New Testament Greek, Ancient Church History, Introduction to Systematic Theology, Doctrine of Worship and Introduction to New Testament. Those not interested in preparing for the Christian ministry may audit these courses for a small fee.

The convocation address for Heidelberg Seminary's opening exercises is given in turn by one of its professors each year. This year the address will be titled "The Principle of Protestantism: Submission to the Holy Bible," and will be given by Grossmann.

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