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Reception 5:45 - 6:30 p.m.
Dinner6:30 p.m.
MeetingFollowing Dinner
ProgramFollowing Meeting

Our Guests

Nick CarterPresident
Andover Newton Theological School
Roy MedleyGeneral Secretary
American Baptist Churches, USA
Ned Allyn Parker Master of Divinity Candidate
Andover Newton Theological School
Emilia Halstead Master of Divinity Candidate
Andover Newton
Kimberly Salico-Diehl Master of Divinity Candidate
Andover Newton Theological School
Allen Hoyt Master of Arts
Religious Education Candidate
Andover Newton Theological School

Andover Newton Theological School Night


WelcomePresident Steve Robinson
InvocationNed Allyn Parker
Song “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”
Song Leader: Richard Freeman
Pianist: Geoffrey Dana Hicks
Greetings from ANTSNick Carter
Special MusicEmilia Halstead, Kimberly Salico-Diehl, Allyn Hoyt
Introduction of SpeakerNick Carter
Roy MedleyBurma: Our Oldest and Newest Mission Outreach
Special MusicEmilia Halstead, Kimberly Salico-Diehl, Allyn Hoyt
BenedictionNed Allyn Parker

Special Speaker Dr. Roy Medley

The Rev. A. Roy Medley is General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA, the pastoral and administrative leader of the 1.5 million member denomination.

He has articulated a vision of ministry and service that focuses both on the local church -- the fundamental unit of mission in American Baptist life -- and on Christ-centered servanthood. He is committed to lifting up longstanding American Baptist distinctive of evangelical outreach, ecumenical cooperation, social justice, soul liberty, religious freedom, worship and constructive dialog. He has challenged American Baptists to seek unity in Christ amidst the racialm ethnic, geographical and theological diversity of their denomination.

A native of Ringgold, GA, Medley holds an BA degree in psychology from the University of Chattanooga and an M. Div degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has received honorary D. Div. degrees from Alderson-Braddus College, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Central Philippine University, and Franklin College. He also participated in the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches, Bossey, Switzerland (1972 - 1973).

Ned Allyn Parker

Ned Allyn Parker is the son of two Baptist ministers and the grandson of a Baptist missionary. He has been studying at Andover Newton Theological School since 2005 and will be graduating this May. For the past two years Ned has served the school as the Assistant Director of Recruiting in the Office of Admissions, where he has worked to diversify the student body in order to build a community that reflects our pluralistic world. As he continues his vocational discernment, he has consistently felt called to academic administration in the seminary setting. Ned holds a BA from Hampshire College, where he studied the intersection of Bio-Archaeology and Oral Traditions as a cross-disciplinary approach to prehistoric cultural studies. While earning his bachelor's degree he worked extensively in arid climes, including sites in Northern Jordan and the Native American Southwest. He and his wife, Samara. live in Newton Centre with their two dogs, Bear and Gus.

Emilia Halstead

Emilia Halstead is thrilled to share in this evening of celebration! This year she completes her Masters of Divinity program at Andover Newton Theological School. In the summer months she will complete the requirements for ordination (pending a call) with the United Church of Christ through the Philadelphia Association of the Penn Southeast Conference. She graduated from Arcadia University (formerly known as Beaver College) in 2004 with her BA in Theatre Arts and English. In addition to a passion for learning she is passionate about living life with the gift of humor God gave her. In the words of Howard Thurman. "Thank God for humor!"

Kimberly Salico-Diehl

Kimberly Salico-Diehl is a recitalist, accompanist, choral director and instructor in the Metro - New York area. As a student of Shirley Cohen and the late Leonid Hambro, she earned her Master of Music degree in piano performance from Purchase Conservatory in 2003. Kimberly is currently in the Master of Divinity program at Andover Newton Theological School , where she has begun arranging and composing sacred music. She is especially interested in the relationship between music and the Divine, and the movement of the Holy Spirit in and through the performers, the listeners, and the music itself. Kimberly lives in New York with her husband, Jim, where she works in youth and children's ministries as well as supply preaching and creative worship planning.

Allen Hoyt

Allen Hoyt is a student at Andover Newton Theological School and has completed the requirements for Master of Arts in Religious Education which he will receive in May. He is currently the Moderator of the Church of the Pilgrimage, UCC in Plymouth Center, Al served 35 years in Fire and Emergency Medical Services, in the Towns of Plymouth and Hanson, Massachusetts, retiring in 2007 after serving six years as Fire Chief of Hanson. His undergraduate degrees are in Management and Fire Science. Al sings as a member and soloist with the Senior Choir of the Church of the Pilgrimage, as well as performing for the last 11 seasons as a soloist and member of the chorus with the Pilgrim Festival Chorus also of Plymouth. In addition, Al and his wife, Verna, sing with a small a cappella group "Friends in Song". Al has been playing the drums since the age of 10 and is currently the Drum Sergeant of the Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band of Cape Cod. He also teaches snare drumming and hand percussion.