Every year as it celebrates the graduation of a new class of ministers, NTS also hosts a reunion for the class of alumni who are commemorating 50 years of ministry and service. This year, it was the NTS Class of 1962 that gathered together to remember their time at NTS and to talk about the ways in which God has blessed and used them over the past 50 years. Those from the Class of 1962 who were able to attend are pictured below.
Representing his classmates in the NTS Senior Chapel held just prior to the alumni reunion lunch on Saturday May 12, Dr. Clari Kinzler (pictured here at right) shared:
“What to say to you today may or may not be important for you, but from the hearts of a bunch of ‘old guys’ who are still ‘hanging around’ with an accumulated several hundred years of service in the Kingdom, let me try to articulate to you, the Class of 2012, a few things that I think matter most to us.
“You are a mix today of ‘moderns’ and ‘post-moderns.’ In our world, we are going through the passage from modernity to post-modernity. The passageway is shrouded with fog and filled with boulders. Or, with another metaphor, the ship we are on is not sailing on glassy sea. But, in the midst of this, let me give you two very positive announcements:
1. Our ‘plenarist’ understanding of Scripture will be credible and hold up in a post-modern world.
2. Our theology of love has and will stand the test of time.
“These are two basic understandings on which you can stake your next 50 years. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be able to tell you this.
“And, one more thing, for what it’s worth: we would like to add our voice to those who would give you permission to do and be all that God has created you to be. Your submission of your uniqueness and authenticity in the hands of a creative God will bring glory to Him and blessing to His Body, the Church. Your uniqueness and authenticity, in which Christ dwells, will be your witness to a post-modern world. In this country, the post-moderns have heard the words and, in large measure, have rejected them. And now we have a plethora of saviors who come, in their minds, as equals of Jesus.
“You have heard of St. Francis’ instructions to those he was sending out: ‘Preach the Gospel by all means possible, and if it is necessary, you could even use words.’ N.T. Wright tells of one of the greatest ballerinas of all time. After a great performance, someone asked her what the dance meant. Her reply was simple: ‘If I could have said it, I wouldn’t have needed to dance it.’
“Jesus came to announce the Kingdom, and you have prepared yourselves to do the same. Announce the Kingdom in the power and courage of the Holy Spirit. Grasp the initiative and enable our world to turn the corner in the right direction. God bless you. We love you and will pray for you.”
Pictured here (from left to right) are the members of the NTS Class of 1962 that attended the 50-Year Reunion for the NTS Class of 1962 on May 12, 2012:
Dr. Jay & Mrs. Carol Hunton; Dr. Ronald & Mrs. Barbara Fry; Dr. Jim & Mrs. Velma Christy; Rev. Robert Atkinson; NTS President Dr. David A. Busic; Dr. Clari & Mrs. Glenda Kinzler; Rev. Rex & Mrs. Susan Eaton; Dr. Phil & Mrs. Shirley Riley; & Dr. Jerry & Mrs. Verla Lambert.