Lexington Theological Seminary’s 151st Commencement is June 16

Christian Church in Kentucky General Minister Greg Alexander to Keynote

Lexington Theological Seminary will honor ministry degree candidates and also recognize special members of the Seminary community at the institution’s 151st commencement ceremony Friday, June 16.

Commencement begins at 10 a.m. at Crestwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1882 Bellefonte Dr. in Lexington, with a reception to follow.

The Rev. Greg Alexander, General Minister of the Christian Church in Kentucky, will deliver the keynote address. Alexander was called as Associate Minister of the Kentucky region in 1992 and has served as General Minister since 2004.

The Fountain Family Foundation of Jackson, Miss., will receive the President’s Award for outstanding service and ministry in partnership with Lexington Theological Seminary. The Fountain Family Foundation was established by the late Sonny Fountain, a devoted Christian and philanthropist. Sonny served on the LTS Board of Trustees for 30 years. The award will be received by Margaret Fountain, widow of Sonny Fountain, and their son, James Bradley Fountain, and his wife, Monica.

Three congregations will be recognized for their consistent and high quality support of men and women entering ministry.  East Second Street Christian Church and Twin Pines Christian Church, both of Lexington, and First Christian Church of Ashland each have identified, nurtured and supported a collective 45 LTS students.

2017 Graduates:

Certificate in Pastoral Ministry
Chad Ryan Boseker, Jeffersonville, Ind.
Jonathan Ray Bradner, Wauseon, Ohio
Lanette Gail Rodgers, Moundsville, W.V.
Sandra J. Selby, Louisville, Ky.
Michael R. Townsend, Spring, Texas

Master of Divinity
Christine Bandy-Helderman, Jupiter, Fla.
Sara Rebecca Nave Fisher, Hopkinsville, Ky.
Michael Sean Junkroski, Naples, Fla.
Richard M. Malugani, Fairhope, Ala.
William S. Oliver, Axton, Va.
LaVeeshia S. Pryor, Richmond, Ky.
Amanda Gordon Sorenson, Madisonville, Ky.
Steven Charles Straub, Louisville, Ky.


Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution and the oldest seminary of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. In the 21st century, LTS transformed its educational model for clergy preparation to integrate the congregation as a full partner in the preparation of pastors for leadership in the church. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.