The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary honored a record 23 graduates during its commencement ceremony May 21, at Memorial Park Presbyterian Church in Allison Park, Pa. Fifteen graduates received their three-year master of divinity degrees, six graduates received their two-year master of theological studies degrees, one received her missionary training certificate and another received her servant of the church certificate.


Richard Holdeman, a 2005 RPTS alum and president of its board of trustees, was the commencement speaker. Holdeman is pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, Ind., and a lecturer in the department of biology at Indiana University. The event was open to the ­public.

Master of Divinity graduates:

Josphat Weru Mwathi. Mwathi came to RPTS from Kenya in 2007, where he was a pastor in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa; he was referred to the seminary by the denomination’s moderator. Upon graduation, he will return to Kenya to again serve as a pastor. He also plans to further his education in a biblical counseling major. Mwathi and his wife, Julia, have two sons: Stephen, 5, and Peniel, 1, and currently live in Point Breeze. Other grads are Jong-Hak Choi, Jeremy J. Coyer, Ronald Durika, Robert MacDonald Gray, Ronald Joseph Kunselman, William R. Matthess, Anthony J. Platt, Jason Ryce, John Alexander Tabaka, Kihei Takiura, Grant E. Van Leuven, Dennis Russell Whalen, Jeremy Reid Whipkey and Robert Paul Wieland.

Master of Theological Studies graduates:


Thomas H. Mitchell Jr. Mitchell learned of RPTS as a student in Geneva College’s Center for Urban Biblical Ministry and Degree Completion Program, both hosted on the seminary campus. He is a member of nearby Covenant Church of Pittsburgh, where he also is pastor of prison ministry. Following graduation, he plans to begin an outreach ministry for ex-offenders, and to teach in the church. Mitchell and his wife, Candace, live in Pittsburgh, and will be moving soon to Gibsonia, Pa.; they have three grown children.


Yvette Renee Taylor. Taylor is a member of Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves in a number of roles, including youth ministry and teaching Sabbath School. She plans to continue studying after graduation, and aims to open a shelter for women and children who are affected by domestic violence. She lives in East Liberty with her husband, Charles. Other grads are Whitney Greer Gamble, Rachael Anna Johnson, and Yasuko Kanamori.

Missionary in Training Certificate graduate:

Amelia Lynn Ward.


Servant of the Church Certificate Graduate:

Rhonda H. Glass. Glass is a member of Central Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, where she also serves with the new members and counseling ministries. She plans to continue counseling, and senses a call on her life to teach, counsel, and role model. Originally from Wilkinsburg, Glass lives in Point Breeze, Pa.

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