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April 26, 2013

Founding Faculty Member to Serve as Keynote Speaker for Northeastern Seminary’s 13th Commencement Ceremony

Paul Livermore at Commencement podiumROCHESTER, N.Y.— More than 40 graduates will celebrate a completed course of study on May 18 during Northeastern Seminary’s 13th commencement ceremony in the Cultural Life Center at Roberts Wesleyan College. Founding faculty member and professor of biblical and systematic theology, Paul Livermore, will deliver the keynote address, titled “Some Thoughts on Authentic Christianity.”

Livermore has served at Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary for 33 years. He joined the Roberts Wesleyan College faculty in 1976 and was central in the vision, design, and development of Northeastern Seminary. Livermore's earned degrees include:  Ph.D., Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; and A.B., Greenville College. He is an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church and has served as pastor of eight churches since 1964. He serves as a member of the Study Commission on Doctrine of the Free Methodist Church. In partial fulfillment of his responsibility on the Study Commission, he has written a Catechism for the Free Methodist Church and the first of a two-volume systematic theology (The God of Our Salvation). He has also authored numerous articles on the New Testament, early Judaism, patristic Christianity and Wesley.

The Northeastern Seminary graduating class of 2013 includes four Doctor of Ministry recipients, 30 master’s degree recipients and 8 certificate recipients. Many of the ministry degree graduates are either ordained or seeking ordination in their respective traditions, including Methodist, Pentecostal, Baptist, Reformed, Church of God in Christ, Wesleyan, and nondenominational. About half of this year’s graduates reside in the Greater Rochester Region, with others hailing from regions around Buffalo, Syracuse, Corning, Albany, Brooklyn and as far west as Texas and Washington.

Certificate in Ministry graduates come from El Centro Hispano de Estudios Teológicos/Center for Theological Studies, a Northeastern Seminary program dedicated to providing support and resources to Hispanic ministries in upstate New York, as well as from affiliate certificate program, the Rochester Institute for Christian Education.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m., with a reception to follow from 3 to 4 p.m.   Tickets are required for the reception.  For more information or to reserve tickets, call 585-594-6623 or e-mail


Commemorative Video for Dr. Paul Livermore


About Northeastern Seminary

Since opening its doors in 1998, Northeastern Seminary on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College has continued to grow in prominence as a significant resource for the church community in upstate New York. Northeastern Seminary is an independent, multidenominational seminary in its approach to theological education, leading to an academically and professionally accredited Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Theological Studies/Theology and Social Justice/Transformational Leadership, or Doctor of Ministry degree.  The student body is comprised of more than 30 different Christian faith traditions represented among 150 students and 300 graduates ministering around the nation and world.  For more information, visit or call 1-800-777-4792. 

NES 2013 Commencement