BTS Connect | A Quarterly Newsletter 
   for Alumni

Summer 2018

In this Issue:
-Letter from Paul Zazzo, MDiv '02
-Faculty Corner
-Korean Alumni Gathering
-Alumni Highlights
-Stay Connected

Its all about the story
One of the things I love most about BTS is the commitment to teach the Bible as a larger story -- the story of God on mission, redeeming and restoring all of fallen creation for his glory. The Bible, as well as life, makes much more sense when placed in the context of this larger narrative. Keeping the story of God on mission in focus has been helpful for me in processing the transitions happening at the seminary: our move to Philadelphia and the name change to Missio Seminary. Here is a short booklet that was put together by faculty and staff telling the story behind the changes. It was helpful for me, and I hope it will be for you as well.

Enjoy the rest of this newsletter, featuring a video from Dr. Cindy Parker on the biblical concept of radical hospitality, updates on some of your fellow alums, upcoming news/opportunities, and ways to stay connected with us. I pray you all will find time to rest, play, laugh, and worship in fresh ways this summer.

Grateful for your Partnership,
Paul Zazzo, MS, MDiv '02

The Power of Radical Hospitality

Faculty Corner
Dr. Cindy Parker: Radical Hospitality

On May 19, 2018 at Liberti Church in Philadelphia Cyndi Parker, Steve Taylor, Kyuboem Lee, and others taught a one-credit course titled The Power of Radical Hospitality.

In the short video to the right, Dr. Parker gives a highlight of the class that focused on the subject of loving the foreigner among us.

Korean Alumni Gathering

On August 13-15 several Korean students and graduates gathered together with their families in Orlando for three days of worship, fellowship, prayer, and teaching, in addition to a lot of laughter and fun. It is encouraging to see how the KSF continues to be a strong community well beyond their seminary years.


Pat Devine '04 and CH Lee '11
Serve as Chaplains in the US Army and are currently deployed together to Kandahar, Afghanistan with the Train, Advise, Assist Command - South. They are stationed together at Fort Carson, Colorado with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Pray for them both as they follow Jesus into the world as Army chaplains

Bob McGann '84
Bob is the director of programs at Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission in Philadelphia, which provides 3 meals a day 365 days a year to anyone in need. Additionally, they provide shelter for over 200 people each night, and offer two 8-12 month long term transition programs for both men and women. Bob would love to have students and/or churches come to serve at the mission. Check out their website  here.

Paul Chung '18
Paul leads New Heart Mission Church in Manhasset, NY. They recently hosted their annual Ambassadors Conference, which furthers the discussion on missional theology and practice among Korean Churches throughout the area. Several BTS professors and alumni were in attendance. Check out the Ambassadors Conference here.

Thomas Serridge '97
Co-founder of Grounds for Restoration, a coffee company that sends 100% of its profits to Human Trafficking. It is a great ministry and the coffee is amazing as well. Check them out here.

Jay Thatcher '18
Jay serves as the director of ministry partnerships for Saints Prison Ministry, which takes athletic teams from churches into prisons across America to engage in sports competition with inmates and share the gospel. You can view the ministry here.

News & Opportunities

2018 Commencement
Held on June 9 BTS held its 47th annual commencement. We celebrated 64 students receiving degrees, as well as nearly 1,000 more students from South Korea who received certificates in marketplace ministry. You can check out the commencement recap video here. 

BTS Alumni Council
11 members of the new Alumni Advisory Council met with President James on April 12. Members of this council serve as ambassadors, consultants, and supporters to help the seminary better serve its alumni, improve the student experience, further the mission, and extend its reach in the community and beyond. We are always looking for new members, so if you or someone you know would be interested in this role please nominate them  here.

Continuing Education Opportunity
BTS professors are available to come to your location to host a "Lunch & Learn" for pastors, ministry leaders, and volunteers in your network, church, and community. These events are FREE to you. Contact Paul Zazzo for scheduling!

Volunteer Chaplains Needed
Esperanza Health System is looking for volunteer chaplains to serve their patients and staff. Esperanza chaplains provide "a loving and listening presence with people by prayer for healing and hope and by sharing the Word of salvation in Christ." If you or someone you know is interested in serving in this ministry, please contact lead chaplain Andres Fajardo. 

Wilmington Pastor Needed
Sycamore Hill Church is has a pastoral position open for someone to join their shepherding team in the northern Delaware area. The position will care for the ministries in and around the city of Wilmington, including a Sunday morning campus worship service, a local ministry space, and a coffee shop ministry. If interested email

Check out other job openings on the career opportunities section of our website!

Stay Connected!
The BTS Alumni Network
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Refer a prospective student. Each student who enrolls receives a 15%  discount!
Invite BTS faculty to preach, teach, or lead a training session at your  local church.
Pursue an additional degree. All alumni receive a 20%  discount.
Send us an update on what you're doing with photos or videos that we can share with other alumni and friends of the school
Use the library. As an alum you have free access and borrowing  privileges from the BTS library.
Let us know how we can pray for you. BTS faculty and staff gather each  week to pray for the school, our students, and our alumni.

Office of Church & Alumni Relations
Paul Zazzo, MDiv '02

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