You were made for this.

For some, the call to attend seminary is unmistakable and follows a clear and unwavering path. But for many, the way is less defined, with subtle nudges toward a life of ministry: a desire to share God's story, a gift for helping others resolve problems or a commitment to care for individuals who have faced oppression.

Regardless of the circumstances that led each one of our students to consider seminary, they chose to engage in a life-changing opportunity to strengthen their faith and serve with renewed conviction. By completing a degree at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, our graduates gain the education and training they need to prepare for a life of fruitful service as a pastor, counselor, teacher, missionary, church planter or other ministry leader.

Commencement Events

On Friday, May 10, we celebrated the 2019 graduates of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In addition to the evening commencement ceremony, seminary graduates attended a student luncheon and graduation ceremony rehearsal.

Commencement Speaker

Headshot of Don Denyes at Cornerstone UniversityDr. Don Denyes serves as the senior pastor of South Church in Lansing, Mich. In nearly 45 years of pastoral ministry, his impact is marked by expository preaching, team building, leadership training and vision casting to influence the community through the local church for Christ and His kingdom.

Don received a Bachelor of Arts in Bible in 1975 from Bob Jones University where he met his wife, Nancy. During their early years of life and ministry, they raised five daughters and ministered to congregations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Don earned a Master of Arts in New Testament Studies from Biblical Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in Homiletics from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, studying under the tutelage of the esteemed Dr. Haddon Robinson.

Dr. Denyes teaches as an adjunct professor of homiletics at GRTS. As a professor, Dr. Denyes joyfully accepts the privilege of helping to prepare the next generation of church leaders. He instructs them in expository preaching, knowing that God will use faithful preaching of the Word to impact lives for generations to come. He also shares his passion for bringing the Word to life through the art of the first-person narrative.

Commencement 2019 Photos