The Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary of Jacksonville, Texas will hold its 2015 commencement exercises on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the seminary’s Dorman Memorial Chapel. BMA Seminary is located at 1530 East Pine Street in Jacksonville.
The event is open to the public.
This year’s graduating class will be the seminary’s fifty-eighth. Graduates will receive Associate, Bachelor and Master’s degrees during the ceremony. The seminary will also award the late Louis F. Asher, BMA Seminary Professor of Historical Studies, with an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.
Jeff Swart, Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Galena, Kansas, will present the commencement address. Swart has been in full-time Christian ministry for forty years and has served as a North American Church Planter in Nevada, Missouri; Dean of Students at Jacksonville College, Jacksonville, TX; Assistant to the Director of Foreign Missions for the BMA of America; an English speaker for Lifeword Media Ministries; and a church growth consultant for DiscipleGuide Church Resources. His former pastorates include Craft Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Texas and others in Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas. He has also served as an adjunct instructor at various Bible colleges, institutes, and seminaries and has spoken in 35 countries around the world.
In April 2015, BMA Seminary selected Swart to receive the prestigious Gerald Kellar Award. Swart’s educational background includes a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, an M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, and an M.R.E. from the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas. Swart is also the author of The Church Planting Model, which is used around the world to teach laypeople how to plant New Testament churches.
BMA Seminary provides accredited theological education to qualified individuals by seeking to equip them for Christian service and leadership roles. The seminary supports the educational needs of the Baptist Missionary Association of America and other groups who share a like commitment to the authority of Scripture.