Newsletter January 2012


January 2012



Andersonville Theological Seminary students have a tradition of getting busy doing their studies in January of each year.  Many are trying to get back on track after a hectic Christmas season.  Others are trying to finish their program studies before April 15th in order to participate in the May 25th graduation ceremony.  Whatever your reason, January is a great time to delve into the Word of God.  One suggestion is to make a weekly schedule that includes definite times for working on your studies.  Students who plan ahead, schedule their study time, and resist letting trivial things interfere with study time make the best progress and accomplish their goals in a more timely manner.

Students who plan to march in the May 25, 2012 graduation need to have all fees paid and all work completed by April 15th.  Now is the time to sign up!  An “intent to attend” form is located on the website,, by clicking on the FORMS tab on the bar at the top of the home page.  For details about graduation, click on graduation packet #1 and #2 at the same location.  You will find cost to attend, nearby motels, regalia information, and much more.  We anticipate the largest graduating class ever!  Your attendance will help to reach this goal.  Sign up today!



My trip to Romania was awesome!  It was my first mission trip and my first flight.  I was a little nervous about boarding a plane and going to a foreign country, but it all worked out with God’s help.  Our objective was to minister to the Gypsy children which come from a rejected part of society in Romania.  Gypsies live in filthy, run-down buildings, often without electricity or water.  They are infamous for begging and stealing since this seems to be all Gypsies know or are allowed to do because the Romanians shun them and will not hire them.

Our group visited several churches where we presented a Christmas program about the birth of Jesus.  Afterwards, we gave out shoeboxes filled with toys and other items for the children.  All total, we gave out 2100 shoeboxes.  These children receive only this small shoebox for Christmas; yet, they are so happy and excited over the gift.  They even get excited about the rubber bands put on the boxes to keep them closed.  One little boy cried over losing his rubber band.  This was so different from what we encounter in America where children receive so many expensive gifts.  When was the last time you saw an American child cry over a lost rubber band?

We learned that children had been left at trash dumpsters because their parents did not want them.  Every six months, the director of the orphanages is required to have the parents sign a paper stating they will not give up their parental rights.  When the children get old enough to send out to beg and steal, the parents will take them away from the orphanage and put them out on the street to beg and steal.

When we drove into one village, we saw a little boy running around in the snow with no shoes.  Later, we were told that many children do not attend school because they do not have enough clothes to wear.  The adults and children do have automobiles; therefore, they walk to church.  Sometimes the church is three to four miles away and many of the Gypsies do not have shoes, yet the churches are full!

The trip was awesome and enlightening!  I hope that one day I will get to go back and give out shoeboxes again in a country that is much different from America.



Below are two excerpts of letters received recently:

…”When my experience with Andersonville began in late October last year, I was not sure what I would experience.  Having been an educator my entire professional life and having served as president of three colleges and now the chancellor of a seven college system, I have some clear views regarding quality education and a quality institution.  Andersonville has an exceptional distance education program.  Having taught both online, hybrid and in the traditional classroom, the seminary meets all of my standards.”

Wright L. Lassiter, Jr., Dallas, TX

…”We spent almost a year researching schools and seminaries and were lead to Andersonville.  I was impressed that The Republic of South Korea recognizes degrees from Andersonville.  One of our daughters taught English there and remarked that they are very strict with their academic standards.

John A. Wallace, New Albany, PA



The new ATS jackets are a popular item for sale and the feedback is showing satisfied customers.  Actually, the jackets are really good-looking and the quality is outstanding.  Available in an assortment of colors, the jacket pulls over the head but has side zippers for easy pull on and off.  To see the jacket in red or purple, click on the link below.

Pictures of the Jackets            Order form for Jackets

Also, long sleeve T-shirts are now available.


Order form for Long Sleeve Red T-Shirts



It’s faith that moves mountains

It’s faith that will please

Our Father in heaven

Who witnesses these:

A child that will love Him

Who prays ev’ry day.

A father, a mother

Who teach God’s true way.

A tongue that will speak truth

A heart that is right.

A longing to serve Him

With all of our might.

Faith is the victory

The old Hymns proclaim.

Our God has moved mountains

And He’s still the same.

The God of the Bible

Moves mountains today.

For those who will trust Him

And humbly obey.

He will move your mountain.

He will part the sea.

He’ll answer from heaven.

Providing your need.

He cares for His children

And He hears their cry.

Our Father of mercy

No doubt, will supply.

So don’t get discouraged

And keep to the test.

Tell Jesus your problem

And He’ll do what’s best.


Not found on TV (Food for thought)


They lie on the table, side by side The Holy Bible and the TV Guide.

One is well worn, but cherished with pride (Not the Bible, but the TV Guide)

One is used daily to help folks decide. (Not the Bible: it’s the TV Guide.)

As the pages are turned, what shall they see Oh, what does it matter?…turn on the TV.

Then confusion reigns, they can’t all agree on what they shall watch on the old TV.

So they open the book in which they confide (No, not the Bible…’s the TV Guide.)

The Word of God is seldom read. Maybe a verse e’er they fall into bed.

Exhausted and sleepy and tired as can be… not from reading the Bible-from watching TV.

So then back to the table, side by side, lay the Holy Bible and the TV Guide.

No time for prayer….no time for the Word. The plan of salvation is seldom heard.

But forgiveness of sin so full and free is found in the Bible…..NOT on TV!




1.  Students who change their address or email address need to notify in order to keep getting newsletters and mail.

2.  If you have not turned in transcripts from previous schools, please get them in.  Degrees will not be sent out without proper credits on file.  If a school has closed and you cannot verify credits, you may have to take additional classes.  If you are not sure if you have turned your transcripts in, email

3.  Full transcripts may be ordered for programs that have been completed academically and have been paid out.  A transcript order form is located under FORMS on the bar at the top of the home page.

4.  Partial transcripts may be ordered only if all fees have been paid for the program requested.  The cost for a partial transcript is the same as a full transcript.  A transcript order form is located under FORMS on the bar at the top of the home page.

5.  If you would like to see other items offered as memorabilia by the school, please email Jason weeks with your ideas and requests at

6.  The following degrees have arrived at ATS but have not been released.  If your name is on the list below, email to see why your degree is being held.

Melvin Allison, Jr.

James D. Bullard, Jr.

Curtis E. Davis

Darrell Davis

Remille M. Faulkner

Abner W. Flowers II

Henry Hamilton, Jr.

Cindy Joy Hane

William Doug Hyndrich

Tommy Randall Kidd, Sr.

Robert Lavan Oliver

Billy Russell

Ronald E. Thompson

Meharat Yerga

Antwion Markies Yowe

7.  A list of graduates is posted on the website under the NEWS tab.  Graduates are not listed in the newsletter.

8.  Please put your full name on all work.  Sometimes we have problems because two students with the same name fail to put their middle name on their work.  For example, we have 5 students with the name John Williams.  Help us out by giving your middle name.




6 Responses to “Newsletter January 2012”

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  1. Scott says:

    I always enjoy your blog and the information that you share with all of us. I was actually looking for the pictures of the mission trip. Have you received those yet or have you just not gotten them posted yet? I hope that everything is ok with those that went on the trip and I will continue to look forward to the pictures to come.

  2. Laurie says:

    I have to commend students of theology for their dedication to fulfilling the mission that our creator set forth for every Christian, namely, to spread the good news of the Kingdom through all the inhabited Earth. Those who dedicate their lives to missionary work must fulfill this prophecy in order for the kingdom to usher in a glorious new era and put an end to the corruption and greed and injustices that the governments of this day are responsible for.

  3. Lloyd says:

    Thank you for sharing this information with us it was very entertaining and I appreciate the picture from the Romania mission trip, I loved the story even though it is heart breaking. I am hoping that I can take your story to my church and get a mission trip set up for Romania next year sometime. I was hoping you would share many more pictures, would you please if you have more?

  4. Donnie says:

    This was interesting, I do not go to your seminary but I found the information of what the people that do go there are doing to be very interesting. This is a neat way for everyone that goes there to stay in the loop isn’t it. You have some very talented people and some very caring people, the Romania mission trip was very inspirational, thank you for sharing with us.

  5. Anne says:

    I do not go to your seminary but I found the information of what the people that do go there are doing to be very interesting. You have some very caring people in your classes and the Romania mission trip was very inspirational, I belong to a Church that really likes to go on mission trips and Romania is somewhere they haven’t been, I hope by sharing this with them they will go there soon.

  6. Jeffrey says:

    Your newsletter is always very interesting I have enjoyed it since it started. I really like how you have kept us updated on the Romania mission trip and the picture you attached this time was great. Do you think there will be anymore pictures later on? This entire thing is always so up lifting to see what people in the kingdom are doing.

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