Graduation activities begin tonight for the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, according to PTS President Steven Jack Land.
A service of honors and commissioning will get underway at 6 p.m. with commencement exercises on Saturday at 10 a.m. Both programs will be held at North Cleveland Church of God.
Dr. R. Lamar Vest will be the speaker Saturday morning for the commencement.
Vest is currently director of the Pentecostal Theological Seminary Center for Spiritual Leadership and Renewal, a distinguished adjunct faculty in Leadership, and bishop in residence at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary.
Vest serves as associate pastor for Leadership Development at Times Square Church in New York City. He is also a member of the Board of Reference for the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
Vest served in the role of president for the American Bible Society, one of America's oldest charities, from January 2009 to January 2013. With a commitment to the organization’s mission to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each could understand and afford, Vest worked to extend the reach of Scripture globally, encourage engagement with its life-changing message and maximize new opportunities for delivering it where it was most needed.
In 2013, Vest was named president emeritus for the American Bible Society, where he served a presidential term (2009-13); as vice president of Global Scripture Ministries (2006-08); and as chairman of the ABS board of trustees (1991 to 2006).
Vest has also served the Church of God as presiding bishop, chancellor of the Division of Education, International Youth and Christian Education director, pastor and evangelist.
He has spoken globally and in conferences and church conventions throughout the United States. He was chairman of the National Association of Evangelicals, vice chairman of the World Pentecostal Fellowship and a member of the Executive Committee for United Bible Societies Global Board.
He is the author of four books and has contributed numerous articles for national and international publications.
He holds a bachelor's degree from Lee University, a master of arts degree from the Church of God Theological Seminary (now Pentecostal Theological Seminary) and an honorary doctorate from Lee University.