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June 9, 2009

AU Ministry School Sponsors Reception for New Masters Program

ANDERSON, SC – Anderson University’s newest school, the David T. Clamp Graduate School of Christian Ministry, is sponsoring an informal reception for prospective students on the evening of June 16th from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm.  

The event, to be held in the Vandiver Gallery of AU’s Thrift Library, will offer visitors to the campus a chance to engage with Clamp School faculty and staff and to learn more about the Master of Ministry (M.Min.) degree program, the first offered by the new school.

The Clamp School will begin to offer M.Min. courses in August 2009 and is currently accepting applications. The 42-hour program, available on Anderson’s campus or completely online, will focus on the core competencies of pastoral ministry and leadership. 

Anderson recently announced an $8 million gift, the largest in the university’s history, which enabled the creation of this new school and degree program. More information on the M.Min. program is located at

The reception – featuring light refreshments – will be open from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm, and guests are invited to come and go at their convenience. RSVP no later than June 15 to (864) 328-1809 or by email to


May 2, 2009

Anderson University Receives $8 Million Gift for Ministry School

ANDERSON, SC -- Anderson University has received an $8 million gift designated for support of graduate study for ministers, resulting in the naming of the David T. Clamp Graduate School of Christian Ministry.

The graduate school – which was established in 2008 with the naming of Dr. Michael Duduit as Dean – will begin offering the Master of Ministry degree in August 2009. Duduit is the founding editor of Preaching magazine – a role he will continue in addition to his academic post – and formerly taught at Southern Baptist Seminary and Union University.

The $8 million estate gift was announced during Anderson University’s commencement by AU president Dr. Evans Whitaker. It is the largest gift in the school’s 98-year history.  The gift represents the estate of the late David T. Clamp, originally of Honea Path, SC. In recent years he and his wife, Jane, resided in Waynesboro, VA, where they belonged to the historic First Baptist Church.

“David Clamp was one of the finest men I have ever known,” Whitaker said.  “He had a lifelong passion for Christian higher education and Anderson University in particular.  His interest led him to commit to help Anderson successfully launch its graduate programs.  He was particularly interested in providing avenues of study that prepare men and women for the ministry,” he added.

AU’s VP for Advancement, Dean Woods, described Mr. Clamp as “a very humble and unassuming man who dedicated the better part of his life to saving and investing as a matter of stewardship.  In recent years, he was especially proud of the way Anderson University had advanced and risen in the national rankings.  He saw his gift as an investment that would pay dividends far beyond his lifetime.”

During the May 2 commencement, Whitaker posthumously awarded Clamp an honorary doctor of humanities degree for his extraordinary life of service, stewardship, and support of Christian higher education.  Mrs. Clamp was awarded an honorary doctor of humanities degree for her shared generosity in the gift.

The Clamp Graduate School of Christian Ministry launches its first offering, the Master of Ministry (M. Min.) degree program, in August 2009.  The program will be offered both on campus and online. The 42-hour program will focus on the core competencies of pastoral ministry and leadership.  More information on the program is located at

The program will begin with a special retreat for faculty and students led by Dr. Calvin Miller, pastor, author of over 40 books, and retired preaching professor at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University.  Miller will also serve on the “strategic faculty” of the Clamp School at Anderson, along with a dozen other Baptist leaders.

The commencement program featured the awarding of 230 undergraduate and graduate degrees, the largest number of graduates in the university’s history. 



April 9, 2009

Top Baptist Leaders Join AU Strategic Faculty Team

ANDERSON, SC – Ten well-known Southern Baptist pastors and leaders are part of the “Strategic Faculty” team for the Master of Ministry (M.Min.) program at Anderson University (AU), according to Michael Duduit, Dean of the Graduate School of Christian Ministry at AU. The M.Min. program will launch both campus and online programs in August 2009.

“We are excited about the level of experience and commitment represented on our Strategic Faculty,” Duduit says. “These top leaders have agreed to be a key part of our instructional program, either through involvement in our campus classrooms or sharing in the video-based instruction through our online degree program.”

South Carolina leaders on the team include: Frank Page, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Taylors; Michael Hamlet, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, North Spartanburg; Don Wilton, First Baptist Church, Spartanburg; Don Cox, Senior Pastor, Concord Baptist Church, Anderson; and George Bullard, Ministry Partner & Strategic Coordinator with the Columbia Partnership in Columbia and former staff member with the South Carolina Baptist Convention.

Other Strategic Faculty members are: Mike Glenn, Senior Pastor, Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, TN; Calvin Miller, Retired Professor of Preaching, Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, AL; Ed Stetzer, President of LifeWay Research, Nashville, TN, and a former church planter; Brad Waggoner, President and Publisher, B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, TN, and former Dean of the School of L:eadership at Southern Seminary; and James Emery White, founding Pastor, Mecklenburg Community Church, Charlotte, NC.

The extensive and varied experiences reflected on the Strategic Faculty team are evidence of the intensely practical nature of the new M.Min. program at Anderson, according to the dean.

“The Master of Ministry is a unique and alternative model of ministry education for the 21st century, focused on the core competencies of leadership in the local church,” Duduit explains. “The leadership experience of our Strategic Faculty members is precisely the kind of practical perspective we’ll be emphasizing in this program. We want to help equip God-called leaders who are ready to serve churches and ministries at the highest levels of effectiveness.”

Duduit – who joined AU in 2008 as dean and Professor of Christian Ministry – is founding editor of Preaching magazine, and writes a weekly newsletter for more than 20,000 pastors and church leaders. He has been a pastor and associate pastor and has taught at several Baptist schools, including Union University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

For more information on the M.Min. program, visit, or call (864) 328-1809.



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