Providing ministry education opportunities since 1962

Alumni News

This month’s featured alumnus is Dr. Michael Colvard, Ph.D., 2015.  Dr. Colvard’s thesis is entitled, “Toward a Soporific Ethnomedicine Ministry of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem: “Fraternitas Hospitalaria”.  Read Dr. Colvard’s biography and learn more about his work.


GTF Alumnus Rev. Dr. Michael Udoekpo, Ph.D., 2016, has published a new book.  Pickwick Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers, has recently released the book by Rev. Dr. Michael Ufok Udoekpo,  Rethinking the Prophetic Critique of Worship in Amos 5 for Contemporary Nigeria and the USA.  More information on the new book can be found here.


Prof. Luis G. Collazo Ph.D., 2013, was awarded a literary prize for his book on Pedro Albizu Campos, based on his doctoral thesis with GTF.  This award was given by Pen Club International / Puerto Rico, on December 16, 2016 at San Juan.  We would like to congratulate Dr. Collazo on this great honor!  Read a statement from Dr. Collazo delivered upon his receipt of this prestigious award.


The Rev. Dr. Carol Worthing, D.Min., 1988, delivered a sermon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, San Diego, California, on January 1, 2017.  The sermon, entitled, “What comes after Planck Time and Quantum Mechanics?” – or, After the Angels have gone! -, can be viewed here.  Rev. Dr. Worthing was invited to become a member of the worship team at the cathedral in August, 2016,  preaching and presiding at the noon eucharist on 3rd Mondays of the months, and serving as chalice or paten bearer, and alternately, at healing stations at the Sunday Holy Eucharist.  The Very Rev. Penny Bridges, Dean of the Cathedral,  announced that Rev. Dr. Worthing is the “Lutheran in residence” at the cathedral, and she has been invited to lead the Sunday morning study group, “Exploring Sunday’s Lectionary.”   Dr. Worthing is also currently teaching a course on The Resurrection – Theological and Scientific Assessments, at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, as a follow-on from the course on Teilhard de Chardin’s view of the Cosmos, that she taught there, last year.  Regarding her warm reception and inclusion in the life and teaching of the Cathedral, Dr. Worthing says the following, “…all of which is a wonderful gift of inclusion for me – all enabled, I am certain, by the Doctor of Ministry degree in Ecumenical Relations; Lutheran, Anglican and Roman Catholic, that I earned at GTF, back in 1988.”  We would like to warmly congratulate Rev. Dr. Worthing on her continued ministry and dedication to ongoing contributions to whatever community she is a part.  We are very proud to count you as a member of the GTF community!


Geraldine (Gerry) Downs, D.Min., 1996

We are saddened to share the news that Dr. Gerry Downs has recently passed away.  Following is her obituary.

Geraldine (Gerry) Downs, D.Min., 1996, died recently at a hospice home in Alamo, California.  She was 79.  Prior to her D.Min. from the Graduate Theological Foundation, Gerry earned an MTS from Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.  She was active in the Diocese of Oakland, CA, serving as a lay ecclesial minister at St. Leander, St. Augustine, and St. Paul parishes.  Following her move to Sonoma, CA, she served in several ministries at St. Leo Parish.  Gerry was also a preacher for Isaiah Ministries and Precious Blood parish missions.  For more than 20 years she was a convenanted member of the Companions, the lay associates of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.  She is survived by a younger brother, an older sister, four children and eight grandchildren.