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08-08-2008


People Helping People and University of the Cumberlands to offer Old Testament class in Winchester

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. —Officials at University of the Cumberlands (UC) have announced that this fall the university will offer a new and exciting opportunity for individuals interested in earning college credit for a religion course entitled Advanced Study of the Old Testament: Pentateuch. In this rare offering, the course will be taught at People Helping People (Family Development Center) in Winchester, by Rev. Kerby Rich.

Rich, a retired Navy/Marine Corps chaplain, has taught at Southern Seminary and Clearwater Christian College and has taught other continuing education courses, but this course is different. Although it is not being taught on a college campus, the participants can earn three hours college credit for their efforts. “There is a real need for Christian education in our region, and I am looking forward to this opportunity,” he says. In addition to teaching Latin, German and French at Southern and Greek at Clearwater, Rich has served as pastor in several SBC churches and also as a high school principal.

Dr. Robert Dunston, chair of UC Religion and Philosophy Department, stated enthusiastically, “I am delighted University of the Cumberlands can be part of the ministry of the Family Development Center in Winchester. Rev. Kerby Rich brings a wealth of ministry experience, a breadth of scholarship, and a depth of commitment to his teaching. I know his courses will bless those who participate in them and I encourage individuals to join him in a journey of learning and faith.”

Dale Hanson, a former Baptist pastor and, now, director of People to People, is excited about the possibilities of working with UC. “We need to be able to offer opportunities for quality theological training to pastors and lay people who cannot afford the time or money to go to a traditional university setting. I hope we can expand the offerings of the university so the surrounding counties can begin to experience the blessing of UC’s ministry.

Dr. Larry Cockrum, UC’s academic dean, said, “In a changing world, the university remains the cornerstone of education, but at UC we saw a need to take some of our offerings into the wider community to provide learning situations for men and women who might not have the opportunity to study in a traditional campus setting, but who still prefer a classroom learning experience, rather than an online class.”

The class, which will meet on Thursdays evenings, will begin September 4, and will run through December 18.

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