March 31, 2010

L. Raymond Sells will address the class of 2010

One of MTSO's first graduates and a force for social justice

The Rev. Dr. L. Raymond Sells, a community organizer and social-justice activist, will address the 48th graduating class of Methodist Theological School in Ohio. More than 60 students are expected to receive graduate degrees at the May 22 commencement ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m. in the Dickinson Courtyard on the MTSO campus. Guests are welcome, and tickets are not required.

A member of MTSO's first graduating class in 1963, Sells has trained community organizers in the Cleveland, Columbus and the Cincinnati areas. He now does work in Nashville, training and organizing communities around worker rights and environmental issues.

Sells has connected with students in this graduating class through campus lectures. He is a 2008 recipient of the John and Ruth Mount Alumni Award for Service to MTSO.

"Ray Sells has been a friend to our school since the day he began his studies here five decades ago," said MTSO President Jay Rundell. "It's fitting that he'll speak to this class as we celebrate 50 years of theological education. His life's work stands as a symbol of the commitment to social justice that has embodied the MTSO community. I look forward to the powerful message he'll bring to our graduates and guests."

Located in Greater Columbus on U.S. Route 23, Methodist Theological School in Ohio is an ecumenical school, preparing transformational leaders for service to the church and the world. MTSO offers master's degrees in divinity, counseling ministries, theological studies and Christian education, as well as a Doctor of Ministry degree. For more information, visit

Danny Russell, director of communication, 740-362-3322