Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The Right Reverend David L. Hicks, Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, delivered the Address at the 2013 Commencement ceremony of Cummins Theological Seminary on Saturday, May 11, 3:00 p.m., in Summerville, SC. In his Address, Hicks encouraged the graduates to “hold your ministry in high esteem; hold yourself in low esteem; and hold your tongue!”
Bishop Hicks is the Chancellor and President of Reformed Episcopal Seminary, Philadelphia, where he is also Associate Professor of New Testament Languages and Literature. He is a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) at Westminster Theological Seminary, Glenside, PA.
During the Commencement, Seminary President, the Very Rev. Dr. Julius Barnes, awarded two Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degrees to Lowcountry students: The Reverend Mikle Jenkins, of Pineville, and Mrs. Julia P. White, of Summerville. Jenkins is the Rector of Christ Church, John’s Island, SC.
Cummins Seminary is located at 705 S. Main Street, Summerville, on the former campus of the Pinewood School. The Seminary is a Christian Education ministry in the Anglican tradition of the Reformed Episcopal Diocese of the Southeast. The Commencement was held in nearby Bethel A.M.E. Church, followed by a reception and refreshments for the new graduates.
On the Friday evening before Commencement, the Seminary Alumni Association held their Annual Fellowship Banquet where 160 alumni, friends, and family gathered in New Bethel Church, North Charleston. As a surprise recognition at the Banquet, the Association presented Bishop Sanco K. Rembert with a plaque and purse in gratitude for his 63 years of faithful service to the Seminary as former President and Dean. At age 90, Rembert continues to teach at the Seminary as Professor of Old Testament English Bible. He is also a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree at Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, SC.