In spite of all the challenges of this present season, God is still doing amazing things at Alliance Theological Seminary.
As you are aware by now, the Alliance Theological Seminary moved our Rockland campus to New York City in the fall of 2019. We are cultivating an engaging and collaborative experience in New York City to prepare our graduates to lead the Church in their communities. Clearly, God ordained for ATS to be located in New York City and united with the New York City churches during this difficult time.
Last Tuesday, we held a special Zoom chapel for faculty, staff and students. Over 200 attended this time of worship and hope-filled lament. Although we are walking through one of the most difficult seasons of our lives, ATS students are boldly declaring their trust in the all-sufficiency of Christ. New York City may be the epicenter of a deadly virus right now, but we believe God will empower us to launch a new generation to take the whole Gospel to the whole world. Returning to Manhattan, where A.B. Simpson started this movement, positions us to become more effective than ever before.
The launch of our Spanish D.Min. program in San Juan, Puerto Rico is also very exciting. The program is starting under the leadership of former Seminary Director, Dr. Julio Aponte. The inaugural cohort of 13 men and women will begin in the fall of 2020. Like all of Puerto Rico, Seminario Teológico de Puerto Rico (STPR) has been through a very difficult season in recent years and months. This new crisis impacts them deeply. But once again, our students and leaders have responded with great faith and tenacity. Enrollment has remained strong and new marketing initiatives have started under the capable new leadership of Executive Director Rafael Candelaria-Acosta. Please pray for Rafael and Julio as they lead the mission of ATS in Puerto Rico.
I also want you to be aware of the ongoing benefits of being an ATS alumnus. Our alumni have the privilege of auditing one class each semester for free, either in-person or via livestream.
We are making plans to bring back Dr. Bryan Widbin to teach a one week intensive on Psalms in January 2021. We will make this great professor and this amazing course free of charge to our ATS alumni. Mark your calendar now for this exciting event.
You’ll recall that recently I wrote ATS alumni and friends asking everyone to prayerfully consider making a contribution to the ATS live stream project. This project will outfit ATS classrooms with the capacity to live stream in-class content anywhere in the world. In recent days, we’ve seen again how important it is to use every possible resource to stay connected.
To those of you who have already given to this project, thank you! And for those of you considering a gift, you can still give to this strategic project by clicking this link to access our secure online giving capabilities. Please remember to check the box marked, “Other,” in the “Apply My Gift To” section, then enter “ATS Live Stream Project.” This will ensure your gift is allocated accurately to increase the number of students we can serve.
Thank you for your support and thank you for representing Alliance Theological Seminary and the Kingdom of God in the outstanding way that you do. As always, feel free to reach out to me if you would like to visit the campus or speak further about our future plans.
May the Lord bless and keep you and may His divine favor rest upon you.
Ron Walborn, D.Min.
Dean, Alliance Theological Seminary