INTER-AMERICA: First Doctoral Class of Pastors Graduates at Montemorelos University
The Inter-American Theological Seminary (IATS) recently reached a milestone when it graduated the first generation of pastors to complete a doctoral degree in Ministry. Nineteen ministers from through-
out Mexico presented their doctoral theses and received their graduate diplomas during a spe-cial ceremony held in Montemorelos University in Monterrey, Mexico, on August 11, 2007.
HAPPY GRADUATES: First doctoral graduates from the
Inter-American Theological Seminary pose after
Montemorelos Uni-versity, an Adventist educational institution belonging to the Inter-American Division (IAD),
was the first of nine IATS sites throughout the church territory to host such a high academic level.
“This is so significant for Inter-America,” says Jaime Castrejon, president of IATS. “To produce the first generation of many to become graduates with a doctoral degree, the maximum you can aspire to in any field, proves the capacity, capability of IATS to produce doctoral level education successfully.”
IATS originally began in the 1980s with the help of Andrews University in Michigan under the direction of Castrejon, who was then ministerial association secretary for IAD.
Since 2003, IATS has graduated 335 students throughout its nine sites. Next year, IATS expects to graduate a number of ministers who are enrolled in the Doctorate in Ministry program at Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica.
The Inter-American Theological Seminary is accredited by the Adventist Acrediting Association and has been pursuing accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools.
—by Libna Stevens, Inter-America Division