12 countries represented among NTC-Manchester graduates
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Manchester, England
Nazarene Theological College (NTC) in Manchester, England, held their Graduation ceremonies October 16 in Whitworth Hall. The College awarded degrees to students from 12 different countries in 2010.

Four research students completed their studies: Joe Cunningham (USA), Arseny Ermakov (Russia), and Musa Kunene (Swaziland) all completed PhD's, and Pierre Banza (Cote d'Ivoire) graduated with the MPhil.  Banza is already 'in post' at NTC Central Africa (Malawi), and Kunene will shortly be taking up a post at the new Southern Africa Nazarene University in Swaziland.

This brings to 25 the number of successful research degree candidates graduated by NTC since the first PhD in 1999. Nearly 50 PhD students from around the globe are currently registered with NTC-Manchester, either directly or through partnerships with Asbury Seminary or with Nazarene Theological Seminary (Kansas City, Missouri, USA).

The speaker at this year's graduation was Lord Bishop of Manchester, Nigel McCulloch - the Church of England's longest-serving bishop. The event was also marked by the appointment of Geordan Hammond to the position of director of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, as Herbert McGonigle became director emeritus of the Centre.

Part of the day's celebration included the dedication of the Hugh Rae Library, in memory of the long-time principal who passed away last year. The library was formally opened by his daughter, Marjory Szurko, librarian at Oriel College, Oxford.

According to their web site, NTC integrates academic excellence and professional ministry-skills-training within a context of broadly Wesleyan-Holiness spirituality.

The College offers a threefold education: a general higher education in the humanities, the study of the theological disciplines, and vocational courses in the practical aspects of ministry.

David McCulloch serves as the current principal of NTC-Manchester.
--NTC-Manchester (Note: For a full size photo of the graduates, click here.)
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