Simpson University Dean Spoke at Trinity International University Commencement

For Immediate Release


Dr. Sarah SummnerREDDING, Calif. – On Saturday, May 14, Dr. Sarah Sumner, dean of the A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary at Simpson University, addressed the 2011 graduating class at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill.

President Craig Williford invited Dr. Sumner to deliver the keynote address to nearly 400 students in the traditional undergraduate commencement and the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School graduate commencement. Her topic, "Becoming a Game-Changer," was based on John 13:3-10, 13-17 and Genesis 12:1-5.

"It was an honor and a joy to speak at the Trinity International University commencement," said Dr. Sumner. "The people were so gracious and responsive."

In 1996, Dr. Sumner became the first women to earn a Ph.D. in theological studies from the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In 2005, Trinity International University named her as a "Top 20 Alumni."

"Trinity International University was delighted that Dr. Sarah Sumner was our featured speaker for our 2011 commencement ceremonies here in Deerfield, Ill.," said Williford. "As a 1996 alumnae of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, she combines an intimate understanding of our learning community with her professional experiences as an accomplished author, popular speaker, and professor of theology and dean of A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. We were delighted that our graduates had the opportunity to hear from such a distinguished leader among the evangelical community."

Dr. Sumner joined Simpson University in January 2010 as the dean of A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. She travels both nationally and internationally as an author, speaker and founder of Sumner Consulting. She preaches and lectures at churches and Christian colleges and speaks to businesses and nonprofits on the subjects of leadership and organizational health.

Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson's academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson's recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master's degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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