Arizona Campus Celebrates 15 Years

Golden Gate Seminary’s Arizona Campus kicked off its fifteenth year at a banquet in Scottsdale, on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. The event was held in conjunction with the Fall 2010 meeting of Golden Gate Seminary’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. David Johnson, campus director, welcomed the trustees by saying, “It is a blessing to have you here to celebrate this event with us. It gives you a chance to see firsthand what God is doing at our campus.”

Dr. Johnson introduced several people who were influential in shaping the campus during its first fifteen years. Dr. Bill Crews, president emeritus, was recognized for the vision he shared with Dan Stringer in bringing seminary education to Arizona. Dr. David McCormick, first campus director, was recognized for pioneering the early development of the campus. Dr. Mark McClellan, who followed McCormick as campus director, was hailed for obtaining full accreditation for the Master of Divinity degree at the Arizona Campus. Dr. Steve Bass was acknowledged for his continuing support of the work being done in and through the campus. Many others, including faculty, staff, alumni, and students were also recognized.


“We are grateful for the contributions these leaders have made to the growth and development of the Arizona Campus during these past 15 years,” said Johnson.

Campus alumni Shawn Whitey, pastor of First Indian Baptist Church, Phoenix; Joe Chan, pastor Tucson Chinese Baptist Church; and Simone Lake, Deep Roots in Christ Ministries, gave testimonies of the importance a local seminary played in their decisions to attend GGBTS. They also described the fruit they have seen in their ministries as a result of obtaining a seminary education.

The evening included recognition of significant financial donors of the Seminary. Dr.and Mrs. Ron Hornecker received the President’s Council Award and Mrs. Carol Rauch, President of the Raymond and June Kuns Foundation, accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Kuns Foundation.

Seminary president Jeff Iorg concluded the evening by emphasizing Golden Gate's ongoing commitment to bringing seminary education to students in the places and contexts in which they serve. “We have heard from these graduates,” he said. “What more do we need to hear?”