In a festive celebration in the presence of graduates' families, pastors and Christian leaders from across the Land, ICB has conferred degrees and certificates to its 22 graduates on Tuesday June 15th 2010 in ICB's Jerusalem campus.
The ceremony begun with the traditional entrance the faculty and graduates, following with ICB president Dr. Erez Soref welcome prayer, praising God and greeting those present. Dr. Soref emphasized ICB's message of Gospel salvation, and training of leaders, both Jewish and Arab followers of Christ, to ministry in Israel and around the world. Dr. Soref especially mentioned the blessing ICB enjoys in having both Jewish and Arab followers of Christ as students and graduates, as a unique fellowship based on the Word of God, love and respect. He stressed that our message is to bring the Good News of Messiah to our Arab and Jewish peoples in the Land.
Dr. Soref further spoke on the new ICB campus in the city of Netanya, which is in final stages of renovations. This new building will enjoy modern design and high standard, a large bible and theology library available to all leaders in the Land, a large meeting hall, the national counseling centre, and smart classrooms for the benefit of students. Dr. Soref also announced that all ICB classes and activity will move from Jerusalem to Netanya by the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year, this fall.
The ICB worship team led the crowd in songs, and then BA graduate Carlos Damianos gave a short speech on behalf of the BA and certificate program graduates. Eti Zadok, counseling MA graduate gave a short speech n behalf of MA graduates. The main address was given this year by Prof. Pablo Polischuk, the director of the counseling program at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, in Boston USA. Prof.
Polischuk is an integral part of the ICB's Counseling MA program, and his faithful and significant contribution was acknowledged. Prof. Polischuk challenged the graduates to live their lives in service and devotion to Christ in life-long ministry.
The graduation ceremony stood out especially with the different identities of graduates – Arabic, Jewish, British, German, American nationalities – all united by the love of the Lord Jesus.
We are wishing many blessings to the Graduates:
Rozzett Hazzan-Joubran (MA)
Iskandar Munayer (MA)
Carlos Damianos (BA)
Stephanos Attieh (certificate)
Annett Munayer (certificate)