The commencement ceremony for the Northern Piedmont Bible Institute was held at 4 p.m., June 8 at Lawson Chapel Baptist Church in Roxboro.
The commencement speaker was the Rev. Dr. James Smith, pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Bahama. Smith informed the graduates and those in attendance that real ministry begins outside the church walls and encouraged them to continue their Christian education because the Bible is a book that you never graduate from. Smith is the author of two books, entitled Deal by me and Let us reason together.
He serves on the trustee board of Apex School of Theology. He is self-employed as a church consultant.
Smith is a graduate of N.C. Central University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and the NCCU School of Law where he earned his juris doctorate. He is a N.C. State Bar Approved sponsor of continuing legal education.
He received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, Ga.
He has done further studies at Southeastern Theological Seminary in Wake Forest and Shaw Divinity School in Raleigh.
Registration for the fall semester will be held at 7 p.m., Aug. 20 and 22 in the National Guard Armory in Roxboro.
Northern Piedmont Bible Institute is an extension of Shaw Divinity School and Southeastern Seminary in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention.
For more information about seminary classes, contact the Rev. Dr. Langston D. Logan Sr. at 336-597-1311 or Lawson Chapel Baptist Church.
Graduates honored during commencement services last week included Martha Winstead, Brenda McEachin, Elizabeth McCoy, Rose Hester, Lou E. Daye, Ronnie Torain, Earnest Jefferies, Peggie Oliver and Jennifer Cates, who all earned degrees in Pastoral Education; Beryl Riley whose degree was in Biblical Studies; and George Naylor, who earned his degree in Theological Foundation.