DTS Alumni Connection // June

Alumni Updates

Staying Connected

Steve Lyon (ThM, 1985) became the Editorial Director at True Charity (http://www.truecharity.us) as of December 12, 2023.

Theodore (Ted) Budd (ThM, 1998) spoke at the dedication of the Rev. Billy Graham statue in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall (dedication ceremony link). 

John Mathews (MABS, 1998; MACE, 2004), the husband of Kelley Mathews (ThM, 2000), took up the position of Superintendent of Lumberton ISD in Lumberton, Texas as of May 28, 2024. 

Rev. Blake Altman (ThM, 2004) earned his doctorate of ministry from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis this past May. His dissertation is called “Better Together: Pastors’ Engagement with Church Planting Networks.” 

Centennial Dinners 

Centennial Dinner in San Antonio, Texas

Centennial Reunion Celebrations 

The Class of 1974

The Class of 1984

The Class of 1994

The Class of 2004

Dallas Theological Seminary DC Campus Graduation Banquet 

Congratulations to all of our 2024 graduates, including our DC grads! We’re excited to see where the Lord takes you! 

Dallas Theological Seminary Houston Campus Graduation Celebration

We’re also delighted to celebrate our Houston campus graduates! Dr. Stephen Bramer (PhD, 1997)(right) delivered a message from the book of Exodus on three tests post-graduates face. Doctor Bramer and Dr. Greg Hatteberg (ThM, 1992; DMin, 2014)(left) along with others wore bow ties in honor of Bruce Fong (ThM, 1978), who went to be with the Lord in 2022. 

Legacy Graduates 

Nathan Bailey (ThM, 2024), the son of Tom Bailey (ThM, 1989), graduated this May.

Heidi Brown (MACE, 2024), the daughter of Jeffrey P. Gowesky (ThM, 1981), completed her seminary journey this year. 

The Horrell family (above) is celebrating another Dallas Theological Seminary graduation! Krystal Burns (MBTS, 2024)(far left, back row), daughter of J. Scott Horrell (ThM, 1977; PhD, 1988), walks this May! She is the wife of Niall Burns (MABS, 2003)(back row, third from the left). They have another alumni in the family, too, Dave McIlrath (MABS, 2003)(front row, far right). 

Ellen Hampsten (MBTS, 2024), the daughter of Jim Hampsten (MBTS, 2021), celebrated her graduation with family!

Jackson Hishmeh (MACE, 2024), the son of Joe Hishmeh (ThM, 1993), graduated from seminary this May! 

Derrick Ingraham (MACL, 2024)(above), the son of Allan Ingraham (ThM, 2014), spent a wonderful weekend of celebration with his family during the Centennial Commencement. Derrick’s family is very proud of their son and in awe of their God!

Josiah Lok Teck Tie (MAMW, 2024)(above), the son of Dr. King-Tai (ThM, 1986; DMin, 2001) and Mrs. Winnie S.C. Tie (MABS, 1987), celebrated his graduation from Dallas Theological Seminary with his wife, Veronica, at his side. 

Katie MacGillivray (MAAE, 2024)(above) spent graduation weekend, celebrating with her parents, Ken MacGillivray (ThM, 1995) and Rena! 

William Mancini (MACL, 2024), the son of Will Mancini (ThM, 1998), graduated. 

Maryn McAfee (MABC, 2024)(above), daughter to Nicole D. McAfee (MABC, 2021), celebrated her graduation this May! 

Andrew Parry (ThM, 2024), the son of Bob Parry (ThM, 1988), celebrated the end of his seminary career. 

Brady Sharp (ThM), the son of Les Sharp, graduated this year! 

Grant Waldron (MACE, 2024), the son of Monty Waldron (ThM, 2000), walked this May! 

Matt Willmington (MBTS, 2024), the son of Harold L. Willmington, graduates from Dallas Theological Seminary this May. Harold (below, 1959) pastored for sixteen years. He also helped found Liberty University in 1972, where he taught for forty-six years. He went to be with the Lord in 2018. Harold was a noted Bible teacher and author (Willmington’s Guide to the Bible). Harold always considered himself a “Dallas man.” Matt has served as the executive pastor at two churches and presently leads the pastoral training program at Liberty’s School of Divinity. 

Maggie Wills (MAMW, 2024), the daughter of Mr. David H. (MBTS, 2020) and Mrs. Chris R. Wills, walked across the graduation stage this year, celebrating her journery to her Media and Worship Arts degree! 

In Memory

Donald Waite (ThM, 1952; ThD, 1955) went to be with the Lord on May 4, 2024. Donald was born in Elyria, Ohio. He earned a BA in Classical Languages from the University of Michigan before earning both his ThM and ThD from Dallas Theological Seminary along with a PhD from Purdue University. Donald also graduated from the Great Lakes Officers’ Candidate School, the top of his class, and was a commissioned U.S. Navy Chaplain. He founded and pastored Faith Baptist Church in Newton, Massachusetts and served as one of the founding trustees for Bible for Today, Incorporated, also serving as its Director and President until his death. While he wrote hundreds of books and pamphlets, Donald’s most influential work was Defending the King James Bible. Donald also founded the Dean Burgeon Society, Incorporated, and served as its President until two years ago. During his twenty-seven years as a pastor, he faithfully proclaimed the Word. Donald married his wife Yvonne, who proceeded him in death. Together, Donald and Yvonne had four children, thirteen grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren whom they loved very much.