Honorary Degrees, May 2017 Convocation

Honorary Degrees, May 2017 Convocation


The REV. CEDRIC PETTIGREW was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia and grew up in that Province. He graduated with his Bachelor of Divinity degree, from The Presbyterian College, in 1969 – following which he served in PEI (Tyne Valley), in Nova Scotia (St. Andrew’s, Westville; Calvin, Halifax), and in Ontario (Paulin Memorial, Windsor; Erskine, Ottawa). In 1973 the Rev. Pettigrew received an MA from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) in Richmond, Virginia. From 2003 to 2006 the Rev. Pettigrew completed training for Interim Ministry and then (in his retirement) served in Interim Ministry at four different congregations in the Presbytery of Ottawa. One of his nominees for this degree describes the Rev. Pettigrew’s approach to Interim Ministry in one congregation as follows: “Cedric’s calm, knowledgeable, and pastoral approach brought resolution and birthed new vision. The congregation appears to have turned a new page and is once again actively engaged in the work of Jesus among its neighbours.”


We were sad to previously announce that The REV. DR. WILLIAM KLEMPA, Principal Emeritus of the college, passed away on March 4, 2017. Prior to that date, however, The Presbyterian College had received a nomination of Dr. Klempa for the degree of Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) and at a meeting of the Board of Governors on February 14, 2017, a resolution was passed granting the degree of Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) to the Principal Emeritus. Although the Doctor of Divinity degree is not awarded posthumously, The Presbyterian College will recognize Dr. Klempa with this degree on May 11, 2017 in respect for the decision of the Board prior to his passing.

Dr. Klempa earned post-graduate degrees at Knox College (BD), the University of Toronto (MA), and the University of Edinburgh (PhD). Over his academic career he published extensively, with writings focused on works of the 16th century Reformer John Calvin, and of the 20th century Reformed theologian Karl Barth. In addition to other essays, two key publications include For Such a Time as This (a collection of sermons) and The Burning Bush and A Few Acres of Snow (an edited collection of essays on the Presbyterian contribution to Canadian culture). During his twenty years as Principal of The Presbyterian College (1978-1998), he also served as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University.

In addition to his academic work, Dr. Klempa served as an ordained minister at Gorge Presbyterian Church in Victoria, B.C. (1962-1966), at Knox Presbyterian Church in Burlington (1966-1970), and finally at Rosedale Presbyterian Church in Toronto (1970-1978). He was a servant of the church, who offered his gifts in administration, pastoral care, popular writing, education, and intellectual endeavour for the upbuilding of Christ’s Body and for the glory of God.


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