The Dean’s Letter to Our Seminary Alumni

Dear ATS Graduate,

I pray this email finds you, your family and your community healthy, strong and experiencing God’s grace. I believe we have all been living recent days in the promise of Psalm 91:

 

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

Psalm 91:1

 

Like everyone, the Alliance Theological Seminary community has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With strategic foresight, we have worked to improve our online capabilities for several years. Even before we transitioned all ATS courses to distance learning on March 16 in response to COVID-19, we had already begun making new modes of academic delivery available to students. Our faculty continue to develop new ways of promoting learning online and all of this will enable us to continue providing the same quality education we have for over 60 years.

Our hope is to advance these capabilities even further. Right now we are seeking to outfit ATS classrooms to effectively live stream in-class content online. This is an important and strategic development for us as the landscape of theological education tilts steadily towards distance learning. Live-streaming also offers the greatest capacity for us to continue promoting the spiritual formation that is so foundational to an ATS education.

We need to take this step. The cost of outfitting four classrooms is approximately $100,000. This will greatly enhance our distance learning capabilities. That’s why I’m reaching out to you. Now, on our 60th anniversary, I’d love to see our alumni make this available to the next generation of ATS students. Will you prayerfully consider making a financial gift to ATS for this purpose?

With the help of Nyack College, we’ve made it easy for you to give. Just click this link and you can use these secure online giving capabilities. In the “Apply My Gift To” section, just check the box marked “Other,” and enter “ATS Live Stream Project” to ensure your gift is applied to this pivotal project, which will increase the number of students ATS can serve. Thank you for considering supporting ATS in this way.

I greatly appreciate your prayers and your giving. So do all of our faculty, staff and students. Especially in these challenging days, your contributions are invaluable. ATS could not do all that we do without you.

The ATS faculty and staff are praying for you in this difficult season. Remember, “He is our refuge and our fortress, our God in whom we trust (Psalm 91:2).”

 

Sincerely,

Ron Walborn, D.Min.

Dean, Alliance Theological Seminary