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Chaplain Graduates from Princeton Theological Seminary

June 8, 2007

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – After 18 years in parish ministry, a decade as Susquehanna University’s chaplain, five children and three grandchildren, the Rev. Mark Wm. Radecke realized his dream of earning a doctor of ministry degree. Princeton Theological Seminary conferred the degree upon Radecke May 19 during the institution's 195th commencement ceremony.

The doctor of ministry is the highest professional degree awarded to practicing ministers. The course of study leading to the degree focuses on the integration of biblical, theological and social scientific theory, and the practice of ministry.

A native of Baltimore, Md., Radecke was installed as chaplain of Susquehanna University in 1997. Prior to this, he served as senior pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Roanoke, Va. In addition to ministering to members of the Susquehanna community, Radecke teaches service-learning courses in the Department of Philosophy, Religion and Classical Studies.

He is the founder and director of the SU CASA (Susquehanna University Central America Service Adventure) program, a two-week immersion course combining academic learning with volunteer service in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. His final research project and doctoral dissertation investigated students' perceptions of the impact of that experience on their faith formation.

Radecke is the author of three published volumes of sermons. He holds a master of divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, a master of sacred theology degree in church and society from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and a bachelor of arts degree in theatre and speech from the University of Maryland.

Contact: Victoria Kidd
570-372-4119

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