It was also historic in a larger sense for recipients Jimmy C. Gee and David W. Hester.
Gee was the first member of the church to receive a PhD in Old Testament from Amridge.
Hester was the first member of the church to receive a PhD in New Testament from Amridge.
Both men graduated summa cum laude.
Gee’s dissertation was, “The Role of the Queen and the Queen Mother in the Bible and Ancient World.”
Hester’s dissertation was, “The Long Ending of Mark: An Examination of Modern Scholarship (1965-2011) and a Proposal Concerning the Origin of the Passage.”
Gee and Hester were two of the first students enrolled in the PhD program at the Turner School of Theology.
Information provided by David Hester.