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Watch Austin Grad Alumni Presentations from Friends’ Day Saturday

On Saturday, April 18, Austin Graduate School of Theology welcomed supporters and partners to the biannual Friends’ Day.

The program included a time of worship, presentations from three alumni with degrees in ministry (videos included here), brunch, a Q&A session during the alumni panel, and a closing benediction. Read on to hear from alumni through video remarks.


Emanuel Limuel, Jr.

“Austin Grad is near and dear to my heart and so I come not unprepared, but with words that are etched in my heart. When I came here I found the professors and even the staff to be very helpful and caring. All faculty were concerned about our knowing the material, but two professors stood out the most: Dr. Shipp and Dr. Weed. These men in their own way played a major part in my learning. 

“Dr. Shipp was the hardest professor I’ve ever had. I kept wondering why is this man so hard on me?  I taught my kids to talk with their teachers and so I took my own advice and made an appointment and talked with Dr. Shipp.  It was then that I understood; he wanted to make sure that his students understood what they were preaching and teaching. Dr. Weed was dear to me because everyday when I would see him he would ask me ‘are you ok?’ and then he would say, ‘hang in there.’ This kept me going.  In my low point this would energize me to do my best.  I am so thankful for these teachers as well as the others because they strive to make sure we are the best at what we do.”


Sandra Clem

“I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice. I received a B.A. in Ministry and Christian Studies from Austin Grad in 2006. I was attracted to Austin Grad because of the offering of night classes, which were smaller, more intimate class sizes and the fact that as an undergrad I would be taught by the same professors in the graduate program.

“My education prepared me for living out my faith in my vocation and in my volunteer ministry where I teach, pray, and share the love of Christ once a week to incarcerated women.”


John Cardenas

 “My experience at Austin Graduate School of Theology has had a tremendous impact on the ministry that God has called me to.  Its relevance is as important today as it was 10 years ago when I graduated.

“Austin Grad, via Sermon Seminar, the Christian Studies journal, online resources, and a staff that is always ready to help and support, continues to provide me not only with the resources for preaching, teaching, counseling, and mentoring, but it continues to equip me for handling the tough contemporary issues that the wider world is struggling with. I am, forever, indebted to the faculty, staff, board of trustees, and supporters of Austin Grad.”  


If you would like to support the ministry work that Austin Graduate School of Theology alumni go on to do, then please prayerfully consider becoming a partner of the school. Click here to see the different ways you can financially support the school.

Austin Graduate School of Theology is an Austin theological seminary offering B.A. and M.A. ministry degrees, and Austin Grad is accredited by the same agency that accredits Abilene Christian University, Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, Texas State University, The University of Texas, and others. Austin Grad is affiliated with the Church of Christ, and is one of the top Christian colleges in Texas and among the top seminaries in Texas. Austin Grad promotes faith seeking understanding and is committed to providing a high quality education for those who desire to be equipped to expand the Kingdom of God.

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