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You have been instrumental in helping to provide a deeply grounded theological education for our students in these perilous times. Your steadfast support makes all the difference.Can we count on you for an end-of-year gift to help our students thrive in their studies and ministries?

The End of the Year Appeal Letter will arrive in your mailboxes during the first week in December. Please complete the form and return to Berkeley School of Theology with your year end gift. Should you have questions or concerns, please contact Lori D. Spears at or 510.841.1905 x239. 

Last week a tragic event took place in the overnight shelter at Grace Baptist Church (ABC) in San Jose, pastored by BST Alum David Robinson. There was a stabbing which involved two deaths and multiple injuries and was very traumatic for all involved. Pastor Robinson released the following statement:

"We at Grace Baptist are deeply saddened by the terrible incident that happened at our church and to our community. Our hearts hurt as we pray for the dead, injured, and their families."

He has also requested prayer for the injured guests and staff, the perpetrator, those guests and staff that were traumatized by this violent incident, and the congregation, the community, and those that have been deeply affected. He also noted that they will continue this ministry, stating:

"...this is what faith is all about. Faith is risking it all. We risk knowing both the rewards and the reality that there will be problems, pain, and conflict. We are called to this radical hospitality for those who need it the most. This is our Call, our purpose, our mission, and the way we love Jesus."

We at BST are praying for all involved and are proud to have such a dedicated servant leader such as David Robinson as our alum.

Berkeley School of Theology is saddened to hear of the passing of BBDS alum Bernard Greenwalt this past November. Bernie was part of the BBDS class of 1958 and was ordained the same year. He stayed involved with the school, serving as a trustee for many years. Bernie was married to Pat for 66 years and were most recently living in Bremerton, WA. We at BST are so thankful for the life and ministry of Rev. Greenwalt and grieve with his family at his passing.

Berkeley School of Theology is saddened to hear of the passing of BBDS alum Jim Ledbetter this past November. Jim was part of the BBDS class of 1954 and remained active with both the school and his fellow alums. He was a trustee from 1981-85 and 89-94 and also received an honorary doctorate in 1988. Additionally, Jim and Faithe were part of the Berkeley Bash gathering of alums for over 50 years. Ordained to the Christian ministry by the First Baptist Church of Chowchilla, Jim pastored several American Baptist Churches (ABC), including Yakima WA, Richland WA, Honolulu HI, Port Angeles WA, and Redding CA and later in his ministry served as a denominational leader in the Northwest Inland Empire and Southern CA, retiring in 1994 as Executive Minister of the ABC of Oregon. We at BST are so thankful for the life and ministry of Dr. Ledbetter and grieve with his family at his passing.

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