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Katy Area Seminary Announces 16 New Graduates


September 23, 2018

The Bible Seminary (TBS) of Katy, Texas recently celebrated their 2018 Commencement at Katy Community Fellowship

CAPTION: Front: Master of Divinity graduates Mickey Ellis, Summa Cum Laude; Uchechukwu C. Emenike, Magna Cum Laude; Angela Nicole McClinton, Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian; and Karen Wallace Coolidge, Magna Cum Laude. Back: Esmeralda Heer, Adjunct Professor; Dr. Scott Stripling, Provost; Dr. K. Lynn Lewis, President; Dr. Doug Petrovich, Professor of Biblical History and Exegesis; and Dr. Linda Pattillo, Adjunct Professor.

The Bible Seminary (TBS) of Katy, Texas recently celebrated their 2018 Commencement held at Katy Community Fellowship

Twelve students received Bible Certificates following successful completion of the seminary’s non-degree Bible Certificate program, including five Spanish language graduates who represent the first-ever TBS students to complete the course sequence in Spanish. Four students received Master of Divinity degrees and were commissioned following successful completion of the original 96-credit hour graduate program.

TBS offered its first Bible Certificate class in 2008 and incorporated as an independent, non-denominational institution of higher education in 2010. Graduate classes began in September 2012 with twelve pioneering graduate students, the first eight of whom graduated in 2015. Hundreds of students from more than 60 churches have taken at least one TBS class since 2008. The commencement was officiated by TBS President Dr. K. Lynn Lewis, Provost Dr. Scott Stripling, Professor Dr. Doug Petrovich, and Board Chair Heidi Arneson, sixteen graduates received recognition for their achievements.

“We rejoice in our 59 total graduates, so far,” says President Lewis, “as we continue our mission to graduate at least 5000 persons who each reach at least 200 people and together positively impact more than 1 million lives.” Alumni include 45 with Bible Certificates, 13 who earned a Master of Divinity degree, and 1 who earned a Master of Arts degree.

Beginning with the 2018 academic year, a Master of Divinity degree will only require 84-credit hours, and new Master of Arts program majors include Biblical History and Archaeology (60-credit hours), Biblical Languages and Culture (54-credit hours), Biblical Studies (60-credit hours), and Church History and Theology (48-credit hours). The seminary also offers a Dual Degree Completion program for those who have not yet completed a bachelor’s degree and a Licensed Professional program for persons interested in core ministry leadership training but not necessarily seeking a graduate degree.

In partnership with local churches and ministries, fall semester classes are currently underway in eight northwest, southwest, and west Houston locations. The main campus is located at 2566 South Mason Road, Katy, TX 77450. For more information, visit,


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