Word of Truth Bible College recently held its first commencement convocation for its Harrison County campus, bestowing degrees upon 44 graduates.

The commencement was held in the Julius S. Scott Sr. Chapel of Wiley College. Of the 44 graduates, 28 earned certificates of completion in biblical studies, 12 received their bachelor’s in biblical studies and four earned with a master’s in biblical studies.

“They are the men and women who have been obedient to the Lord’s call upon their lives and to lead us in our theological training,” said Valedictorian LaQuesha Green. “Thank you to the instructors for loving us well, serving the Lord tirelessly and leading us with the meekness, boldness and compassion that they have.

“We have been honored to sit at your feet and learn from each of you,” Green said.

Remarking on behalf of the class, Cheryl Jackson shared how honored she is to be part of the class of 2019.

“I’ve gone to college, UTA, all the worldly colleges, but I didn’t get what I thought I was going to get out of those colleges,” said Jackson. “I got something that could sustain me for the rest of my life, because I’m put on earth to change lives, to minister to people, to speak to the sick and they shall recover. And I learned so much in this class.”

Her theological training is something she’ll never forget, she expressed. “We got in a prayer line. We prayed together,” Jackson said of her and her classmates. “I saw things happening. I saw miracles. I saw signs; I saw wonders.

“I learned so much at the Word of Truth Ministries College that I could never ever repay,” said Jackson. “I just thank God for the opportunity to be able to study with these scholars.”

Jackson noted how amazing it is to see her classmates, many whom are senior citizens, realize their dream.

“I’m looking at 60-year-olds, 70-year-olds, 80-year-olds,” she said. “God said you shall recoup. The enemy thought he had you down. He thought you weren’t going to make it, especially the ones that are 80-year-olds.

“You would never think that an 80-year-old would be walking across this stage today, but the word of God said that you are important,” said Jackson. “He said that you are more than a conqueror. And I am blessed today to stand with you all together as a team, as a 2019 graduate at the Word of Truth. I am pleased. I am honored and I am grateful for all that the Lord and you all have done.”

Salutatorian Angela Smith congratulated fellow graduates on a tremendous accomplishment.

“You could not have come to this day without a lot of hard work,” said Smith. “There may have been days when you felt that you could not continue; and yet you did.”

She said graduation is a moment to savor.

“You cannot lose what you now have been given,” said Smith. “That achievement will be yours forever.”

She encouraged the graduates that as they continue to walk for Jesus to always remember the Bible verse Proverbs 3:6 – “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy path.”

The Word of Truth Bible College’s East Texas branch is located in Karnack. The Bible College is accredited by the American Accrediting Association of Theological Institution Inc.

“I have had this college in Shreveport, Louisiana, for five years. Now that I’m in East Texas, I have brought it here to help young preachers, Bible students and pastors that are trying to further their faith,” said college president and founder, Dr. Rickey L. Moore Sr., who is also pastor of New Vision Missionary Baptist Church in Karnack and of Sunrise Baptist Church in Shreveport, La.

“This was our fifth graduation and first time having it in Marshall,” he said.

Some graduates lived out of town, many traveled from out of state.

“They flew in from Alabama; Houston; Bowling Green, Kentucky; and Los Angeles, California,” said Moore.

He described the Bible College as a unique learning community that is making a significant impact in the region, town and the world.

“As a student you have been immersed in the study of the word of God,” he told the graduates. “Through constant engagement with the Bible you have grown in the love for God and for people. You have been encouraged and challenged to think biblically. You have found direction for your life and (are) equipped to utilize personal gifts in a way that makes an impact for Jesus wherever He leads you.”

In addition to Moore, other officers are: Rev. Jerry Jeter as vice president; Rev. Stevie Lynn Jeffrey as dean; and Dr. William Cannon as chairman of the trustee board. Instructors include Marcus Franklin and Otis Amie.

The college’s mission statement is: Information, Inspiration and Impartation. Summer registration begins July 17. Classes begin July 22 at New Vision MBC in Karnack.

“We’re excited about partnering with the ITC Program (Interdenominational Theological Center) in Atlanta, Georgia that consists of five theological seminaries, Morehouse School of Religion, Turner Theological Seminary, Phillips School of Theology, C.H. Mason Theological Seminary and Gammon Theological Seminary,” said Moore.