May 3, 2011


UCC Ohio leader Bob Molsberry chosen as 2011 commencement speaker

Rev. Robert Molsberry, Ohio Conference Minister for the United Church of Christ, will deliver the commencement address to Methodist Theological School in Ohio's 49th graduating class. The May 21 commencement ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in the Dickinson Courtyard on the MTSO campus. Guests are welcome, and tickets are not required.

Molsberry was called to his current position in 2005, after pastoring several UCC churches in Iowa and Illinois, and serving as a community development coordinator in Managua, Nicaragua. He currently teaches a class on UCC history and polity at MTSO.

In 1997, Molsberry was struck by a hit-and-run driver and left paraplegic, an event that has shaped his life and ministry. He has since authored the books Blindsided by Grace: Entering the World of Disability and Tour de Faith: A Cyclist's Lessons for Living.

"Bob Molsberry is a fitting commencement speaker for us on a number of levels," said MTSO President Jay Rundell. "He's an excellent speaker with a compelling personal story, he's a friend of the school and he serves a denomination with a strong presence on our campus."

Methodist Theological School in Ohio prepares transformational leaders of many faith traditions for service to the church and the world. MTSO offers master's degrees in divinity, counseling ministries, theological studies and practical theology, as well as a Doctor of Ministry degree. For more information, visit

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