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Master of Divinity in Theological Studies Program Produces its First Graduate


In December 2005, Joshua Butler was the first student to graduate with a Master of Divinity in Theological Studies from Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He received the Willard M. Aldrich Biblical Studies Award at Baccalaureate Chapel on May 19, 2006.

This award is presented to the graduating master's student who has demonstrated the highest level of academic scholarship in the areas of biblical studies, theological research and exegesis.

"Josh was a very creative and analytically gifted student," said Dr. Paul Metzger, the associate professor of Christian theology and theology of culture at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. "His M.Div. in theological studies thesis was a first-rate work on the doctrine of divine impassibility." Dr. Metzger also said that Butler "has a real passion for Jesus, a heart for the church, and a desire to see the faith lived out holistically in the world at large." Butler is also a musician who serves as the director of worship and arts in Imago Dei Community Church.

According to Dr. Donald Brake, Multnomah Biblical Seminary's dean, the Master of Divinity in Theological Studies is strictly an academic program that prepares students for advanced studies leading to entrance into a Master of Theology or a Doctor of Philosophy program. This program aims to provide students with the abilities to work with original languages, develop research skills and to become competent in biblical, theological and historical studies. The program emphasizes on personal mentoring for ministry in teaching at various academic levels.

A standard and advanced track is available for this program. Students with a significant amount of undergraduate work in biblical and theological studies may enroll in the advanced track. This allows the student to enter directly into courses normally found in the second year of studies. However, students still have to go through the full three years because of the academic nature of the program.

For more information concerning the Master of Divinity in Theological Studies program contact Dr. Donald Brake at or 503.251.6731