March 20, 2017
Dr. Misty Jesse is Awarded
Laywoman of the Year
by the City of Long Beach, CA
Dr. Jessie is pictured with her (rightly proud) father. What a blessed occasion for father and daughter!
Dr. Jesse is the Dean of our Department of Judeo-Christian Synergism.
2017 SEASON OF LENT
March 1 - Ash Wednesday
March 5 first Sunday
12th - second
19th - third
26th - fourth
April 2 fifth Sunday of Lent
13th Maundy Thursday
9th Palm Sunday
16th Resurrection Sunday
lent | and by His stripes we are healed Isaiah 53:5
A Lenten Prayer to End Abortion
Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life, and for the lives of my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion, yet I rejoice that you have conquered death by the resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion. Today I commit myself to never be silent, never be passive, and never be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the Pro-Life movement and never to stop defending life until all my brothers and sisters are protected, and our nation once again becomes a nation with liberty and justice, not just for some, but for all.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017
February 10 & 11
Master's annual on-site graduation is always a highlight event. On-site graduation is optional. While only a small percentage of graduates are able to attend, those who do represent their fellow graduates. We believe that the world-wide body of graduates from Master's International University of Divinity represents the very best in Biblical scholarship at the actual grassroots level of practical Christian ministry.
ANNUAL GRADUATE AWARDS OF 2017
Dr. Noel Sanderson presenting awards to the recipients
MR. & MRS. WAYNE & JOYCELYN HOYTE - YOKEFELLOW AWARD
Philippians 4:3 - And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow labourers, whose names are in the book of life.
Meaning of the award – Master’s is blessed to have had many family members who have worked together through their individual degree programs with the goal of graduating together. These have included parents with their children, siblings and spouses. We honor them for their dedication to completing their programs, supporting one another along the way, and graduating together.
WAYNE ROBERT HOYTE - Receiving the Doctor of Divinity
Christian Bible College – Bachelor of Arts 1999
Master’s International School of Divinity – Master of Christian Studies in Biblical Counseling 2015
Residence: Cruz Bay, St. John, British Virgin Islands - Dr. Wayne Hoyte has served more than 20 years as a pastor in the First Assembly of God Church. He is also a Biblical counselor, with a distinguished background in business and government service including serving as a loan counselor, adjuster, customs officer, and police officer.
JOYCELYN HOYTE - Receiving the Doctor of Biblical Studies in Biblical Counseling
Barbados Bible College – Associate degree 1987
Master’s International School of Divinity – Bachelor of Ministry 2009
Master’s International School of Divinity – Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling 2012
Residence: Cruz Bay, St. John, British Virgin Islands - Dr. Joycelyn Hoyte is a pastor's wife, Biblical counselor, and a Loans Supervisor with the Virgin Islands Bank.
DORCAS MILLER - OUTSTANDING GRADUATE AWARD
Romans 16:7 - Greet Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are outstanding among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.
Meaning of the award – The Outstanding Graduate Award is given in recognition of long years of faithful service in the work of the Kingdom to a graduate who has given their life in a multitude servant positions without regard to personal gain or accolades. This is a graduate who has served in both places of safety, and when necessary places of danger without reservation or thought of recognition.
Receiving the Master of Arts in Judeo-Christian Studies
Zola Levitt Institute – Certificate
Master’s International School of Divinity – Associate in Ministry 2014
Master’s International University of Divinity – Bachelor of Ministry 2015
Residence: Cocoa Beach, Florida - “Dee” Miller can truly be described as a citizen of the world. Her world adventure began as a child when she lived with her military family father and mother as among the first full dependent families to live in post-war Japan. From that time, not including her regular world travel, and several residences in U.S. Dee has also lived in Germany, Spain and Israel. Today she lives in Coca Beach, FL and serves as Operations Manager, and Israel Volunteer Coordinator for Bridges for Peace USA.
ERNIE STAPLETON - OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
1Timothy 3:7 - And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Meaning of the award- The Outstanding Professional Leadership Award is given to the graduate who outside of his or her ministry within the Christian community, has also developed a good reputation with those outside of the church in a secular professional leadership position. This person brings credibility to the Kingdom of Christ by representing our Lord in a commendable manner to those in business, education, industry or government.
Receiving the Doctor of Biblical Studies in Interdisciplinary Studies
University of West Indies – Bachelor of Science1992
University of London – Master of Science 1998
Residence: Charlestown, Nevis, West Indies - Dr. Ernie Stapleton has served with distinction in many areas of the Government of the West Indies. Today he is the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Renewable Energy and the Environment Nevis Island Administration, Nevis, West Indies.
NATTHANART PARAMADILOK - CONQUERORS AWARD
(Proud husband Dr. Pracha Paramadilok taking a photo!)
Romans 8:37 - Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Meaning of the award – The Conquerors Award is presented to a graduate who has successfully overcome extreme personal trials whether physical or spiritual, and who over time has not allowed such trials to prevent the successful completion of their academic degree program.
Receiving the Bachelor of Practical Theology
B.A., Bangkok Commercial College, Bangkok, Thailand
Residence: Lincolnwood, Illinois - "Natalie" Paramadilok is Senior Vice President of Happy & LifeStyle Fitness Co.; she is also a Master Water Tai-Chi, Personal Trainer. Natalie is herself a seasoned world traveler, and strong lover of Israel, the Land of the Bible. She first enrolled in her degree program at Master’s in 2005, and though she faced many kinds of obstacles, she refused to quit. She persevered and became a conqueror!
JERRY WARREN - OUTSTANDING SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Acts 18:24, 26 - Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
Meaning of the award – The Outstanding Scholarship Award honors a graduate who has demonstrated excellence in academic achievement though all of the coursework, but which extends far above and beyond the highest expectations for the assigned work. This award goes to one who is a scholar of highest achievement, who more accurately understands and teaches others the Word of God.
Receiving the Doctor of Biblical Studies in Theology
Northwest Nazarene University – Bachelor of Arts 1969
Nazarene Theological Seminary – Master of Divinity 1973
Northwest Graduate School of Ministry – Doctoral of Ministry 2003
Residence: Nampa, Idaho - Dr. Jerry Warren served 42 years as a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene in churches in Idaho, Oregon and Washington State, and since 2009 as an adjunct professor at Nazarene Bible College.
ON-SITE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2017
2017 On-Site Graduating Class
front row to back row and left to right
Front row - Lisa McConnell, D.P.Th.; Ama Sarkodee, M.Min.; Blessing Ude, D.B.S.; Joycelyn Hoyte, D.B.S.; Wayne Hoyte, D.D.
Middle row - Romeo Cerico, D.D.; Ellen Klipp, M.A.; Dee Miller, M.A.; Gary Gallegos, D.Min.; Ivan Godfrey, D.A.; Bonita Howell, Ph.D.
Back row - Natthanart Paramadilok, B.P.Th.; Mark Gimson, M.A.; Edwin Knighton, M.A.; Roger Kriegshauser, M.A.; Ernie Stapelton, D.B.S.; Jerry Warren, D.B.S.; Johnny Green, D.B.S.
Misty Jesse, Ph.D.
Dr. Misty Jesse. Since the department founding in 2011, Dr. Jesse has served as Dean of the Department of Judeo-Christian Studies at Master's International University of Divinity; she concurrently serves in a teaching position at St. John Fisher Church in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Prior to that (1998-2011), she served as the Director of Library and Museum Services at Crestmont College-Salvation Army, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.
Dr. Jesse is an accomplished author, educator, and Honorary Life Member, Beta Phi Mu, International Library Society; a member of the American Theological Library Association, the Association of Christian Librarians, the American Library Association, and a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, having held the positions of Secretary; Vice Flotilla Commander, Flotilla Commander.
Her educational credentials include Pastoral Care Certification, Loyola Marymount University; Catechist Certification, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA; B.A., University of California-Los Angeles, Political Science; M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, Library and Information Science; M.A., Christian Studies and Theology, Master's International School of Divinity, IN; D.Min., Biblical Studies and Leadership, Master's International School of Divinity, IN; Ph.D., Oxford Graduate School-American Center for Religion and Society Studies, Religion and Society Studies, Dayton, TN.
Dr. Jesse and her husband Harold make their home in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, and are the parents of daughter Leonie and son Eric.
Leonie, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is completing her medical studies at the Uniformed Services university of the Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, MD.
Eric is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Upon graduation he was deployed to Afghanistan, and later served as a professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
February 11, 2017 Graduation Platform Leadership (left to right)
Dennis Frey, Th.D. President, Misty Jesse, Ph.D., Dr. James Solberg, D.D.
William Adams, D.D., Raymond Parker, Ph.D., Noel Sanderson, D.D.
Dr. Frey, President | Dr. Jesse Commencement Speaker, and Dean of the Department of Judeo-Christian Synergism | Dr. Solberg, Member of the Board of Directors, Adjunct Faculty | Dr. Adams, Adjunct Faculty | Dr. Parker, V.P. Academic Affairs | Dr. Sanderson, Charge to the Graduates
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