On Sunday, November 26, 2017, Karin Malinak received the Institute of Lutheran Theology’s (ILT) Master of Divinity degree. That degree was bestowed upon her by the Rev. Timothy J. Swenson, Dean of Chapel, for ILT. As the degree was conferred upon her at the recommendation of ILT’s faculty and the approval of its board of directors, Kari received all of its rights, privileges, and responsibilities. Her graduation was witnessed by the congregation of Resurrection Church (LCMC), Haslet, TX and by her family. The president of the congregation, Joey Burmeister, presented her for graduation and the entire assembly erupted in the joyous thanksgiving of applause at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Kari began her studies at ILT in the fall of 2011 by enrolling in the MDiv program. She is the eleventh graduate of the Master of Divinity Program, and the third of 2017. Kari progressed through the program at her own pace and completed it in slightly more than the average four and a half years.
The Master of Divinity degree is the standard preparation for someone intending to be called to the Office of Public Ministry. ILT maintains a rigorous 90 credit hour program. ILT knows and attends to the value of theological competence and student mastery of Scripture and other primary texts of the Lutheran theological tradition. ILT believes its graduates should be well-prepared to bear the weight of the office into which they will be installed. The program is delivered through video conferencing software and permits students to remain in their own communities, congregations, and employment.
For more information on ILT’s Master of Divinity program, visit https://www.ilt.org/mdiv