Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). While our circumstances can change on a daily basis, His nature and His care for us remain.
Here at Winebrenner Seminary, we do not waver in our mission to equip leaders for service in God’s kingdom. At the same time, we are adjusting to the circumstances created by the coronavirus. Below are important updates and announcements regarding the outworking of our mission in the near future:
On Monday, March 30, the decision was made that all courses for the summer term will be available exclusively online. First and foremost, it’s important to know that the summer term will continue as scheduled, beginning the week of May 4. Registration is open. Further to this post, students will be contacted directly by email. If you have questions or concerns about your registration, reach out to Lauren Coats at email@example.com.
Board of Trustees’ Spring Meeting
The Board of Trustees meeting remains scheduled for Thursday, May 7, and Friday, May 8. However, the Board meeting will now be held via Zoom. This proactive announcement ensures adequate time for us to collectively plan a productive meeting. More details are forthcoming.
Alumni Online Gathering
Each Monday, at 7:00 p.m., a group of Winebrenner Alumni are gathering to share ideas and pray for one another. Please contact Dr. Kathryn Helleman at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about this session. You can access the Facebook event directly here (click on “Find Tickets” within the event).
We are aware that some schools are changing plans for their annual graduation ceremonies. At this time, Winebrenner Seminary plans to host Commencement on Saturday, August 1. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will let you know if it’s necessary to adjust these plans.
Winebrenner Team Working Remotely
Until further notice, the faculty and staff at Winebrenner Seminary are working full-time from their home offices. Contact information for faculty is found here on our website and for staff here. Please do not hesitate to reach out at any time.
I am available to discuss the impact of any of these decisions on you and your family.
– Winebrenner President Brent Sleasman, PhD
Winebrenner Theological Seminary exists to equip leaders for service in God’s kingdom. While serving in the kingdom is driven by a timeless scriptural mandate, the circumstances we find ourselves in are often dynamic and ever-changing. In the spirit of responding to our changing environment, I am providing an update about our plans regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19):
Courses in current trimester
Winebrenner faculty and students will complete the courses for the current trimester as regularly scheduled. This determination was reached in consultation with the Executive Team and is heavily based upon the fact that we are in week 10 of a 12-week trimester as well as evaluating on-campus class sizes for this term. We are sensitive to the unique needs of families and students and will gracefully consider accommodations for students with compromised immune systems and University of Findlay students currently enrolled in Winebrenner courses. If you are immunocompromised or in need of an accommodation, please contact Dr. Bruce Coats, Academic Dean. We strongly suggest that students consult the University of Findlay schedule for usage of the Shafer Library since operations at UF are adjusted in response to the Coronavirus.
Marion Correctional Institution
Based upon the decisions of Ohio Governor DeWine, Ohio prisons are not currently allowing outside visitors. As of Wednesday, March 10, we are suspending our program at MCI. Our commitment to our academic program at MCI remains and we will resume the course (as well as future courses) once the travel ban is lifted and as the prison context allows.
Class in Haiti
In consultation with the University of Findlay and the Churches of God, General Conference, Winebrenner Seminary is postponing the course scheduled to be taught in Haiti next week. Dr. Karen McGibbon and Dr. Kathryn Helleman will reschedule the “Ministerial Self-Leadership” course for a future session when travel restrictions are lifted.
We will continue to monitor the events related to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis and provide an update in early/mid-April confirming whether summer courses are offered online or on campus.
Please respond to this email or call me with questions or concerns. We continue to pray for those families, churches, schools, and communities affected by this virus.
Dr. Brent Sleasman