On January 20th, 2019, President Dennis Bielfeldt awarded the Master of Sacred Theology (STM) degree to James McGarigle. The ceremony was held at 2:00pm at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill, WI. Rev. Matthew Bless (Pastor Bless!) officiated. Jim has been working on this degree part-time and was able to finish and defend his thesis in December 2018.
The STM is just one the academic degrees offered at ILT. These include the Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry, and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Jim is only the second student to graduate with the STM. ILT has the M.A.R, STM, and PhD programs to prepare men and women who will be able to prepare future pastors. In these programs, students become specialists in the Bible, systematic theology, philosophy, and the history of the church. Our students are and will represent the very best of our Lutheran tradition.
Our generous supporters have allowed us to develop the full range of accredited programs. We still need your support to have the necessary library resources. Please help us now or in the days ahead. Thank you, and congratulations, Jim McGarigle, STM!