Seminary Celebrates 2020 Graduates

The Bible Seminary of Katy, Texas celebrated its fifth class of graduates on August 16, 2020 at Family Life Church in Sugar Land, Texas. Two Master’s degree graduates and eight Bible Certificate graduates crossed the stage in a joy-filled, God-honoring ceremony. TBS also posthumously awarded a Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology degree to the family of Durwin Kicker, and a Bible Certificate to the family of Rosemary Mata.

Since beginning the Certificate Program in 2008 and the Graduate Program in 2012, TBS has graduated 56 Bible Certificate students, one Licensed Professional student, five Master of Arts students and 16 Master of Divinity students for a total of 78 graduates.

Completion of these programs stands as a monumental achievement ranging from 10 credit hours for the Bible Certificate program to 84 credit hours for the Master of Divinity degree. 

Degree Graduates and Faculty: Top Left to right: Dr. Doug Petrovich,  provost Dr. Scott Stripling  / Bottom Left to Right:  Kim Kicker accepting posthumously for her husband, Durwin Kicker,  Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology;  Valedictorian Krystyna Cawthorne,  Master of Arts in Church History and Theology; Destry Jackson, Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology.  / Not Pictured:  President Dr. Lynn Lewis

Students graduating included: Krystyna Cawthorne, Master of Divinity and Valedictorian; Destry Jackson and Durwin Kicker (posthumously), Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology; and Bible Certificate, William W. Carpenter, Michael Cash, Robert Davila, Deby Feliciano, Diane Miller, Sandra Paiz, Blake Quimby, Elena Sustaita and Rosemary Mata (posthumously). 

In her valedictory message, Cawthorne highlighted The Bible Seminary’s stellar, world renowned professors, the atmosphere of family found among staff, faculty and students, and the ways in which she is now equipped to enter the ministry to which God has called her. As mom to a specialneeds son for more than twenty years, she is developing curriculum for use by mothers of special needs children. 

“Each class is an intellectual, emotional and spiritual adventure like no other I have ever encountered,” said Cawthorne, “The experience was transformational.” 

“TBS offers high-quality, affordable ministry training that is impacting the world,” proclaimed Provost Dr. Scott Stripling. “We want to know your name and share your ministry adventures.” Dr Stripling is an author, archaeologist and serves as Director of Excavations at Shiloh in Israel. All master’s level students have opportunities to engage in a study tour of Israel during their course of study and are encouraged to experience archaeology first-hand at Tel Shiloh.

Bible Certificate Graduates and Professors: Top Row Left to Right:  William W. Carpenter, Deby Feliciano. / Third Row Left to Right: Diane, Miller, Sandra Paiz, Elena, Sustaida. / Second Row Left to Right:  Michael Cash, Robert Davila. / Bottom Row Left, Left to Right:  Dr. Doug Petrovich, Blake Quimby, Philip Mata accepting posthumously for his wife Rosemary. / Bottom Row Right:  Provost Dr. Scott Stripling / Not Pictured:  President Dr. Lynn Lewis.

TBS students and alumni serve in ministries around the world and include pastors, church and non-profit staff, worship leaders, educators, authors, foreign missionaries, archaeologists, as well as biblically-based leaders in homes and workplaces ranging from businesses to education to healthcare.

TBS President Dr. Lynn Lewis adds, “TBS helps train leaders by partnering with churches and individuals to offer comprehensive, strategic studies of all 66 books of the Bible in conjunction with studies of standard historical, theological and practical disciplines critical to developing skills for ministry leadership in the 21st century.

For more information contact The Bible Seminary at 281-646-1109 or visit

Support Christian Journalism

Freedom ​is Not Free! Free Speech is essential to a functioning Democracy. The assault on honest, Christian Journalism and Media has taken a devastating toll over the last two years. Many Christian media outlets have not survived.

It is through your Generosity and Support that we are able to promote Free Speech and Safeguard our Freedoms and Liberties throughout our Communities and the Nation. Without your donations, we cannot continue to publish articles written through a Biblical worldview.

Please consider donating or subscribing today. A donation of any size makes a Big Difference. Thank you for your Support!

Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.