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News for friends of MTSO
July 2023


Alumni Day will be Thursday, Oct. 26

We invite all MTSO alumni, students, faculty and staff – as well as former Methesco employees – to join us for Alumni Day and take advantage of this opportunity to reconnect.

MTSO’s 2023 Alumni Day opens at 10:45 a.m. Oct. 26 with a morning chapel service. The day continues with a luncheon honoring recipients of the John and Ruth Mount Alumni Awards for Distinguished Service. As always, our lunch will feature Seminary Hill Farm produce and other locally sourced food. Those who wish are invited to take a guided campus tour after lunch.

More details will be announced soon.

There is no cost to attend Alumni Day. We simply ask that all who plan to participate complete the free registration here.


Admissions deadline approaches

There is still time to apply for admission to MTSO and begin taking classes in the fall. Generous scholarships remain available for those who file applications by the Aug. 1 deadline.

Newly admitted students will join the school's largest class in several years.

“We will welcome an impressive and diverse group of new students this fall,” said Director of Enrollment April Casperson. “Members of our incoming class will come from more than 10 faith traditions and represent at least 13 United Methodist annual conferences. Still, we have room for more.”

A single, free application covers both admission and scholarship consideration and is available here.


MTSO will be represented at many summer and fall events

The MTSO admissions team is making the most of opportunities to connect in person with prospective students, influencers and other friends of the school.

Most recently, we were at last week’s United Methodist Campus Ministry Association Summer Institute in Durham, North Carolina. As summer moves into fall, we’ll be at the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly in Louisville, the Black Seminarians Table TheologyCON in Atlanta and a number of college vocational events.

Check out our MTSO on the Road web page here. If you believe MTSO should be represented at an event your college, university or organization is holding, please let us know at


Take a moment to share happenings in your life and vocation

A highlight of The Story Magazine and Annual Report is news of the many ways MTSO alumni are serving others and leading rich lives. We hope your entry will be part of it.

Please take a moment to fill us in on any adventures and milestones you've experienced over the past year. It’s easy to share your news and update your contact information here.

Our Alum News is an ongoing record of the meaningful lives alumni are leading. Thanks for your contribution to it.


WomanPreach! will lead sessions at October Bishops’ Retreat

WomanPreach! Inc. will support dozens of clergy from the East Ohio Conference and the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church at the upcoming Bishops’ Retreat. Bishops Gregory Palmer of West Ohio and Tracy Malone of East Ohio will hold their yearly retreat with Black clergy at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center Oct. 4-6.

Attendees of all genders will have time with the bishops to discuss their ministries and their preaching, along with sessions the evening of Oct. 5 and all day Oct. 6 led by WomanPreach! Inc. faculty and staff, including MTSO Dean Valerie Bridgeman, the founder and CEO of WomanPreach! The sessions will help participants hone their voices, explore scripture differently and craft a prophetic sermon based on their training.

East Ohio and West Ohio clergy will have the opportunity to register for the Bishops’ Retreat through their respective conferences.

WomanPreach! partners with MTSO in providing practical training and nurturing community spaces to empower preachers across the country. In 2022, Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded MTSO a five-year, $1 million Compelling Preaching Initiative grant to support prophetic preaching through its relationship with WomanPreach!