Drew Theological School Welcomes Prospective Students

“It was an eye opener and fascinating”

December 2023 – Through virtual and in-person options, Drew Theological School prospective students near and far were given the opportunity to experience life as a Drew student through the recent Fall Open Doors events.

The Theological School offered one full-day in-person session and two virtual sessions—providing perspectives on student life, lectures, classes, and chapel services. 

The events were very well attended, drawing a large group of prospective students from New Jersey, Washington, D.C., California, South Korea, The Gambia, The Republic of Congo, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and many locations in between.

“Our Fall Open Doors events were engaging and encouraging to prospective students,” said Assistant Director of Theological Admissions Kirsten Trambley. “With the support of administration, faculty, staff, current students, and alums, the prospective Drew students had an opportunity to explore what it could mean for them to become students at Drew Theological School soon.”

In-person attendees were welcomed at a special chapel service featuring Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre as preacher and Assistant Professor of New Testament Althea Spencer-Miller presiding over communion. The group attended a Praise, Worship, and Christian Communities class, taught by Associate Professor of American Religious Studies Terry Todd.

African Open Doors welcomed several dozen virtual attendees throughout Africa. Theological School Dean Edwin David Aponte greeted the prospective students. Master of Divinity alum Rutendo Felistas Mahachi T’23 reflected on answering her calling and following the path that God leads. 

“It was an eye opener and fascinating,” said a prospective student of Mahachi’s talk. “She was so articulate about how one should pursue God’s work.”

Members of the African Students Community (AfriSCad) shared their own experiences on moving to and attending graduate school in the U.S. 

An additional virtual Open Doors session welcomed both U.S. and international prospective students. Edmund S. Janes Professor of New Testament Studies Stephen Moore offered a lecture on Race, Racism, and the Bible. Master of Divinity student and Women’s Ministerial Alliance (WoMA) President Roeline Ramirez gave the prospective students a reflection on her experiences at Drew.

For more information on the Theological School’s programs of study, please contact grad@drew.edu or 973-408-3111.

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