I’ve Been Hooded

I receive the MDiv hood from TEDS

On December 14th, 2007 at 7PM in the Arnold T. Olson Chapel at Trinity International University, I was awarded the Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. This culminates five years of mostly full-time study while working a full-time job. It was, by far, the hardest five years of my life. It was only by God’s grace that I made it through the program, remained married, and actually learned anything. My family endured life without a father/husband during much of that time. Even during the summer breaks, I wasn’t mentally “there” and even took a Hebrew class during one of them.

But it is over. I am now a TEDS alumni with a Masters degree. I’m getting used to these strangers who live in my house and have started courting the women who lives here with me. I hear that she’s a recovering seminary widow. ;)

I am pretty sure that this is the end of formal education for me. I am not a very good student and doubt that I could make it through a Master of Theology and/or PhD program.

My family was present except for my son who was working on his finals at Wheaton. My mother and older sister came to be there and my friends Brad and Kim Anderson came too. The ceremony was great. The major graduation ceremony is in the spring. This one was smaller, only 45 Masters and Doctoral students graduating. At the end of the ceremony, the faculty surrounded the students and prayed for us and for our future ministry. There was a wonderful reception afterwards. I loved it. 

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  • Tim,

    I rejoice with you and your family. What are your plans?

    Cliff Allen

  • Thank you Cliff. Feels good. :0)

    No firm plans right now. I have some student debt to start paying on and consolidating and I need to come back to earth for a bit. I’m going to start credentialing with the EFCA this month some time.

    Right now, I’m just waiting for a clear call. I know I want to enter the ministry sometime in the foreseeable future. Just waiting for Jesus to tell me where.

  • Congratulations Tim!

  • The richest of God’s blessings be upon you, Tim. We attended our eldest daughter’s graduation, here in Minnesota, on Dec. 15. The sense of great delight, tremendous relief and, for her, a bit of trepidation, all were present. I look forward to future posts showing us how God is leading.

    By the way, I serve on our District’s Council of Ministerial Standing, so if you need any help or suggestions with the credentialing process, let me know and I’ll try to help.

  • Congratulation Tim!


  • congrats!

  • Congratulations Tim!!! I’m a bit jealous and ready to be out of school myself. ;)

  • Thank you Tom and all.

    Tom, it does end! :) I was slower than the guy I started summer Greek with and it kind of hurt watching them graduate. One of them finished his MDiv at TEDS, went to Princeton and got his ThM then came back to TEDS and started on his PhD in the time it took me to get my MDiv! That is amazing to me.

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