Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary Commencement at the Westchester County Center

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday April 29, 2016


April 2016

Robert Glover, Sameh Maurice, and Carlton Brown

to Receive Honorary Doctorates from Nyack College

NYACK, NY— On Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary will hold its 133rd commencement ceremony for nearly 600 graduates at Westchester County Center located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains, NY. A livestream of the ceremony will be broadcast at www.nyack.edu/GradStream. This year’s commencement will also include the first graduates of Nyack’s Master of Arts in Social Work and the Master of Arts in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins degree programs.

Three honorary doctorates will be presented to Robert Glover (Doctor of Letters), Sameh Maurice (Doctor of Divinity), and Carlton Brown (Doctor of Divinity). The three (pictured above) will also be inducted into the President’s Hall of Distinction at a pre-commencement brunch held at the Tarrytown House Estate, also in Westchester County. The Hall of Distinction was established in 2008 by Nyack’s 12th president, Dr. Michael G. Scales, as an annual tradition that recognizes the life work of honorary doctorate recipients and other individuals of outstanding public influence.

Mr. Robert Glover is the founder and executive director of Care for Children based in Beijing, China. The organization’s mission is to create a positive alternative to institutionalization of children through local family-based care. He is an advisor to the Chinese government on the social welfare of disadvantaged children. Care for Children was established in 1998 and has offices in China, Thailand, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Rev. Dr. Sameh Maurice is the senior pastor of Kasr El Dobara Evangelical Church, the largest evangelical (Presbyterian) church in Cairo, Egypt with a congregation of some 8,000 people, who reach out to the city and region through multiple ministries and activities. A former prominent surgeon, Pastor Sameh was always involved in ministry throughout his medical career. His sense of calling to full-time ministry grew increasingly and in 1988, he was fully persuaded that ministry was God’s will for his life. He has led his church to pray for Egypt since the early 1980s with the idea of a unified Egyptian church in mind.

Bishop Carlton Theophilus Brown has been the senior pastor of Bethel Gospel Assembly, Inc. in Harlem, New York since February 2000 and was consecrated to the office of bishop in February 2008. His 1,200-member congregation includes more than 40 auxiliaries. Bishop Brown’s entry into full-time ministry in 1987 opened the doors for extensive travel around the world, which has included short term missions assignments and serving as guest speaker at conferences in Azerbaijan, Russia, Cuba, India, Africa, Venezuela, and throughout the Caribbean, as well as around the United States. Bishop Brown can be heard on Bethel’s weekly radio broadcast: “Becoming God’s Answer,” each Sunday at 7:00 a.m. on WLIB 1190 in the New York Tri-state area.

In the week leading up to Commencement Day, hooding ceremonies for doctorate and graduate level divisions, baccalaureate services for undergraduates and the School of Nursing pinning ceremony will be held at various locations for the Rockland and Manhattan campus graduates. For more information, visit the webpage at www.nyack.edu/commencement.


Meet Nyack's 2016 Valedictorians!

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday April 29, 2016

Nyack College proudly announces its two valedictorians from the Class of 2016: Rachel Kunker (Schenectady, NY) and Tehillah Eskelund (Centerville, MA), who have both completed their Nyack undergraduate career with a 4.0 GPA.

Says Rachel Kunker, a Nyack College Honors Program student and intercultural studies major, “My freshman self would have never envisioned the senior I am today. Now, I am graduating with a double major in English and intercultural studies. I was able to study two areas God has made me passionate for and delve deeply into study which reflects Him. Although I am unsure about all of the details of my future, God has equipped me and prepared me for what lies ahead. He has taught how not to strive for perfection. He has shown me how to value everything He has given me, not just completing everything for a letter grade or worldly recognition. He has taught me the beauty of excellence.”

Rachel’s good friend and fellow valedictorian, Tehillah Eskelund shares, “Now, I am finishing this season of my life at Nyack, and I hope to continue with my studies. Upon graduation, I will have a B.A. in psychology, and I hope to use what I have learned about relating to people as I continue on into the medical field. Eventually, I would like to follow my parents’ example and use my skill sets in missions. They both moved to the U.S. as missionaries from South Africa. Now, my dad is a pastor on Cape Cod and runs a missions organization for AIDS orphans in South Africa called Emoyeni. Like both my mom and my dad, I want to use what I have learned to partner with people of different cultures and help those who need it most. As Nyack’s founding principles suggest, the biggest things we can do, the biggest adventures we can have, are for the “least of these.”


Recently during a visit to the Office of College Relations for a photo shoot, the two were curious about a door in the rear of Shuman Hall, the Tudor-style mansion that houses Administrative offices. In the midst of a very busy season on campus, Dr. David Turk, provost and vice president for academic affairs, graciously gave them a tour of the former residence of the Wertheim family.

"It was my pleasure to offer an impromptu tour of Shuman Hall to Rachel and Tehillah. Instead of the usual student stops to Admissions, Financial Aid, or the Registrar, I invited our valedictorians to see this former stately home through a fresh pair of eyes. A delightful pause in my day for two delightful young women. Wherever they head next, I'm confident they'll be servant-leaders making exceptional impact."

Our prayers and well wishes go out to Rachel and Tehillah!

Battery Park Campus Now Owned by Nyack College

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday April 29, 2016

Dr. Michael G. Scales, president of Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary, announced that Nyack’s Manhattan campus located at 2 Washington Street in Battery Park has been purchased. The previously leased property consists of 166,000 square feet on eight floors of a modern 21-floor structure.

Nyack College was established in Manhattan in 1882 by Dr. A.B. Simpson, but relocated to Nyack in 1897. After formally re-establishing a city campus in 1997, the College was committed to finding a permanent home for its growing student population. President Scales initiated the “Miracle in Manhattan” project. In 2007, CBRE, world-renowned commercial real estate firm, was hired as the exclusive broker to lead the effort of securing a property in Lower Manhattan. Gerry C. Miovski and Christopher W. Mansfield, both Senior Vice Presidents with CBRE Group, led the acquisition effort.

President Scales is grateful for the part that many have played in this process. He is thankful for the support through prayer and giving of our alumni and friends throughout the years as this process unfolded.  He also wishes to acknowledge the skillful and prayerful leadership of Dr. David Jennings, Executive Vice President and Treasurer for Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary, for the vital role he played in this acquisition. Dr. Jennings’ diligent persistence was irreplaceable throughout this process.

In the spring of 2011, the space at 2 Washington Street was identified as the property to pursue. At the initial meeting to discuss the possibility of leasing the space the College was introduced to Jeffrey R. Gural, chairman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, the building’s management company and also a part owner of the property. Over the next twenty-four months, a transaction was crafted that allowed the College to relocate to 2 Washington Street with a purchase option. A key element of the transaction allowed the College to select the architect who would design the space for the owner’s contractor to build. Lori Kupfer Architect was selected.

Nyack College president, Dr. Michael Scales commented, “When CBRE partnered with us ten years ago, they immediately embraced the vision for a permanent home for our Manhattan campus. The challenges were great. In fact, the project became referred to as "The Miracle in Manhattan." Gerry, Chris, and Shawn provided the strengths and expertise of their global firm, patiently worked with our community to define our needs, and put together a genius facility and funding solution.” 

Scales added, “This is a moment in Nyack’s history that we can all celebrate. I am humbled by the countless people who have served and supported the College and Seminary throughout the process of securing the purchase of our New York City campus.  But as exciting as the purchase of this building is for us, even more exciting is the thought of sending out our graduates from this incredible facility for years to come.”

A formal ceremony of dedication is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Details will be announced.


A Celebration of Pentecost at Bedford Community Church

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday April 29, 2016

Welcoming the Holy Spirit: A Celebration of Pentecost is the theme of a three-day conference that will be held May 13-15 at Bedford Community Church, 160 Bedford Center Road in Bedford Hills, NY. Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary alumnus, Rev. Kelvin Walker, is the lead pastor.

Joining Rev. Walker as conference speakers will be Dr. Martin Sanders, Dr. Rob Reimer, Pastor Sarah Samson, and Ms. Jenn Schepens. Mr. Danny Cheong will be the guest worship leader for all sessions.

The Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Rob Reimer: “Significance of Pentecost: Why We Need the Spirit”

Saturday, May 14  9:00 am. – 12 noon - Dr. Martin Sanders:  “Expectancy” and Rev. Kelvin Walker and Pastor Sarah Samson:  “Blockages to Receiving the Spirit:

Saturday, May 14 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion: “Father’s Love; Orphan Spirit” and Dr. Rob Reimer: “How God Speaks”

Saturday, May 14 – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Dr. Martin Sanders/Dr. Rob Reimer: “Baptism of the Spirit

Sunday, May 15: 9:15 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.  Attend a Bedford Community Church Worship Service

Cost of the weekend is $30.00 per person. For additional information, click here

TONIGHT: Dr. David Ireland, Rockland County Day of Prayer Keynote Speaker

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday April 28, 2016

Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary trustee and ATS alumnus, Dr. David Ireland, will be the guest speaker for the 2016 Rockland County Day of Prayer on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lafayette Theatre, 97 Lafayette Avenue in Suffern, NY. Dr. Ireland is the lead pastor of Christ Church with two campuses in Montclair and Rockaway, NJ. (See promo video here.)

Special music will be provided by recording artist Freddy Washington, Jr.  Also on the program will be Nyack College’s Chorale and the more than 100-voice choir led by Suberta Roberson of Christ Community Church will also minister in music.

For more than two years, pastors have been meeting at the Rockland County campus of Nyack College to pray and to discuss ideas that will reach our communities for Christ. The group has established itself as City Serve: Rockland for Christ, following on the heels of the NYC City Serve campaign associated with the Luis Palau organization. The goal is to strategize, pool resources, and communicate the message of God’s grace through tangible acts of love.

Recognizing the outreach efforts of local churches, Rockland’s County Executive Ed Day officially declared the last Thursday of every April to be known as Rockland Day of Prayer.

For information on tickets, click here.