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The faculty, staff, administration, and Board of Trustees of Berkeley School of Theology wish to express heartfelt congratulations to the graduating class of 2020. We were hopeful that postponing the official graduation to fall 2020 would provide opportunity for an in-person celebration of your work and success. But as we all know that simply is not possible at this time. Nonetheless, we celebrate with you at a distance and honor your years of hard work and commitment that have brought you to this place.

You are a unique group graduating in a very unique time. As such, you have been called to a very special type of ministry – called to be part of creating that which comes next. Ministry during COVID 19 has required a nimbleness of spirit and a transformation from what we have known. Life after COVID 19 is still unknown. The future will require resilience, imagination, and creativity. And we know that you are up to the task, for you have been trained for this very moment.

As you move forth into the world, as you move forward in your ministries, be mindful that you are, and always will be, part of the BST community. You will be in our thoughts and prayers and we will be eager to keep up with your ministries.

May the grace of God be with you as you step into the next phase of your lives.

Love and best wishes,
Your BST Community

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Michael Mathis is a higher education professional with 20-plus years of experience in admissions, financial aid, program development, and student service. Michael specializes in strategic enrollment management and financial aid compliance initiatives. Michael is committed to building systems, practices, and policies that support and encourage others to meet and exceed both individual expectations and team goals.

Michael is an accomplished alum of the University of Detroit Mercy, Loyola University Chicago, and Columbia University. In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and beach-related activities, and reading for pleasure. Michael is excited to be supporting the tradition, spirit, and community found here at Berkeley School of Theology (BST)! Please help me in welcoming Michael to the administrative team. For contact information, Michael can be reached at mmathis@bst.edu.

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My name is Sabrina Perkins and I am the new Asst. Financial Aid Director for Berkeley School of Theology. I currently have over 25 years of experience in financial aid for private, nonprofit and profit sectors. I’ve work for Los Medanos Community College, Heald College, and SAE institute.

I have an AS in Business Administration, a Certificate in Entrepreneur Leadership, as well as my Ministerial license from Jezrell School of Theology. I currently serve on the leadership at my church, Grace Bible Fellowship of Antioch, under my pastor, Kirkland A. Smith, for the last 16 years, in which I’m currently undergoing training for my ordination process.

I have a great love for God and I find much joy in living my life for Christ. Prior to joining Grace Bible Fellowship I was a member at Mt. Zion Baptist church in Pittsburg, Ca. - Pastor Dr. Maurice Bates for 15 years.

My personal hobbies include interior designs, watching the sunrise/sunset and admiring Gods beauty in nature. I’m the CEO of SP360Interiordesigns.com I’m very excited to be a part of such a wonderful school, Berkeley School of Theology. With the love I have for God and the fact that I love assisting students pursue their dreams by educating them on the different federal and state aid available, I know that this was a match made in Heaven!

I’m looking forward to developing new relationships within the various affiliations.

Please contact Sabrina at sperkins@bst.edu.


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REV. Dr. James Brenneman, President
Rev. Dr. Lori D. Spears, VP of Institutional Advancement
Rev. Dr. LeAnn Flesher, VP of Academics & Professor
Rev. Sam Fielder, Executive Assistant to the President

Contact us at 510-841-1905 ext 239 or email us at lspears@bst.edu

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