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April 29, 2022
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A Note from President Frank James
Earlier this month, Todd Mangum and I were a tag-team at Grace Bible Church in Souderton, PA. Many of you are aware that my predecessor and dear friend, Dr. Dave Dunbar, is the senior pastor at Grace Bible Church. Todd was there to preach and I was there to express MISSIO’s deep appreciation for their many years of support--their prayers, financial contributions and sending students our way. It was a pleasure to present a plaque to the church signifying our gratitude. Over the next several months we plan to visit a good number of other churches to express our appreciation.
Graduation is set for June 4 at Church of the Saviour. We are still planning for this to be in-person--Lord willing. We will be honoring our commencement speaker, Rev. Cal Reed, with an honorary doctorate for his service to the seminary as board chair.
The Polis Institute is open and will start accepting applicants on May 1 for the first certificate: Certificate in Social Enterprise. We will ultimately offer 3 certificate programs to equip and empower church and lay leaders to integrate faith, work, and entrepreneurial skill for the flourishing of communities. Polis will give special attention to programs and training opportunities for bi-vocational pastors to thrive in ministry, to assist churches by diversifying their revenue streams, and to afford Christian businesses the opportunity to live out their faith in the community.
Please pray for peace in our world--especially in the Ukraine. And, pray for MISSIO as we enter a new frontier of a post-COVID world. 
Frank A. James III, DPhil, PhD
President and Professor of Historical Theology
March Video Release
Student Appreciation Month
Students contribute so much to Missio Seminary. Watch what our President and faculty have to say about some of those significant contributions.
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News from Development
REALChange Campaign
The world is changing, accelerated by social and racial tensions, a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, and a growing sense of fear especially as Russia continues its assault on Ukraine.
How can ministry and church leaders address this difficult time? And how do these realities impact the way Missio Seminary carries out its mission?
REALChange – The Campaign for Missio was launched in 2018 as an effort to meet the challenges of providing the best possible ministry preparation for this complicated age – and God has blessed this important campaign.
With less than three months to go, we need you! We have $200,000 to raise to continue giving our seminary students an excellent education. To do this, we'll need everyone to step in and join us. We are grateful for the growing number of alumni, friends, foundations, and corporations who are helping us prepare the current and next generation of ministry leaders!
To see a short video by Dr. George Murray, the son of Dr. Jack Murray (one of our founders), please view here:
We invite others to join with us in prayer and praise to God for helping Missio as we prepare ministry leaders and counselors to “follow Jesus into the world”!
The Ukraine Conflict through the Eyes of
Missio Donor Dawn Arthur
Dawn’s History and Involvement with Missio
Dawn’s husband, Dan, is the son of Richard Arthur who served on the board and was passionate about Missio and the ministry. They currently support a scholarship for Missio students in his name: the Richard Arthur Scholarship. When she married her husband Dan in 1984, she met Dr. Dave Dunbar who was an itinerant pastor at the church she attended. Later she met alum Nathan Tuckey (’94) when he was a guest preacher at Kenilworth Gospel Chapel and now he and alum Jeremy Moore (’10) are her pastors at South Ridge Community Church in Clinton, New Jersey.  
Dawn’s History and Involvement with Ukraine
Dawn’s lineage is Slavic, her parents are from Russia and her maternal grandparents are from Belarus. For over 25 years she has worked for a non-profit called Slavic Missionary Service, Inc. that currently supports 40 national missionaries in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. By God’s grace, humanitarian aid and the gospel message are spreading in these areas in this time of war.
Relief efforts assisted by Slavic Missionary Service
Dawn's Personal Request for Friends of Missio
Dawn has been praying the Lord’s Prayer over this situation, with these lines being particularly impactful, “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” “deliver us from evil”. She is praying for peace and hope in Christ for all and would like for us, her Missio family, to come alongside her and pray.
Faith billboard in Ukraine
Trending in Academics
Announcing Dr. Marcie Rolle
We are excited and blessed that, on July 1, Marcella Rolle, PhD, LAPC, NCC, CAMS, will join the Missio faculty as an assistant professor and fieldwork coordinator in the Graduate School of Counseling. Dr. Rolle spent a large part of her career as a counselor and currently serves as an assistant professor in the PCOM School of Professional and Applied Psychology where she teaches and advises mental health counseling students.

Dr. Rolle completed her PhD in Counseling Education and Supervision at Walden University (CACREP accredited), her Masters of Education in Professional Counseling from the University of West Georgia (CACREP accredited), and her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tennessee State University.
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ACS students actively engaged in class on Missio's campus
The ACS program is for any student desiring a theological education whose primary language is not English. Missio understands the challenges that come with relocating to a new place often with confusing customs. Advanced Cultural Studies is designed to support these students and provide instruction that will enrich their graduate-level education and training needs.
Congratulations DMin Students
We are Proud of You and May God Continue to Bless You and Your Ministries
Ryan Egli (center) passed the oral review of his Doctor of Ministry dissertation titled: "A Training for Missio Seminary Staff, Faculty, and Board of Trustees to Begin the Process of Contextualizing the Move from Suburban Hatfield to Urban Philadelphia".
Robert Fontell (top center) passed his Doctor of Ministry oral review on his dissertation titled, "A Strategy for Revitalizing Calvary Christian Church Through the Baptist Resource Network's Three Key Behaviors".
Mark Your Calendar - May 7, 2:00-5:00p
You Don't Want to Miss this Book Signing
'Meet and Greet' Dr. Todd Mangum as he signs copies of his book, The Dispensational-Covenantal Rift translated into Korean. Enjoy an opportunity to speak with the Clemens Professor of Missional Theology at the Christ Life Church 4110 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.
From Our Missio Community
Missio Acknowledges the Support of
Lebanon Bible Fellowship Church
President Frank James, Pastor Cal Reed, Professor Todd Mangum
Elders and staff welcomed President James and Dr. Mangum
On April 24, Frank James and Todd Mangum presented Lebanon Bible Fellowship Church with a plaque of appreciation for their continued support of Missio. What started as a presentation turned into a special time of fellowship that blessed all in attendance.
Installation of Professor Chang Hoon Oh at the Korean Reformed Church
Dr. Oh offering praise and thanksgiving to God
Dr. and Mrs. Oh (left) and Drs. Mangum and Oh (right)
On April 3, we celebrated Dr. Oh , Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and VP of International Relations, on his divine promotion of pastor at the Korean Reformed Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. We are praising the Lord for the work He is doing in and through Dr. Oh. May God continue to bless Dr. Oh and his faithfulness, his family and his church.
We believe in the power of prayer and remain in prayer for Missio, our students, alum and constituents. If you have a specific prayer request and would like for us to pray for you, please submit your request below.
Alumni Check-in
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