Eric Hinton, Katie Dula, Ruby McLean and Larry Smith comprise the first Eastern District Conference class of graduates of The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) of Lenoir, N.C.
TUMI site coordinator Clyde Ferguson and EDC minister Terry Hunt presented graduates with certificates in Christian Leadership Studies in an April 3 ceremony at The Life Center in Lenoir, where Hunt pastors.
“What did I see in these people?” Ferguson says. “I saw people who really have the love for God and who want to be out making disciples in some way.”
Ferguson and Hunt also presented posthumous certificates to family members of students Yvette Smith and Bryant Corpening who died before completing the program.
Marty Sanders, regional director of advancement for World Impact from Charlotte, N.C., gave the keynote address.
TUMI is the national training arm for World Impact and is designed to equip leadership for the urban church.
“This is our first TUMI graduation,” Hunt says. “This capstone curriculum has exceeded our expectations.”
The program stretched from four years to five as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a shift online happening partway through. As a result, Ferguson says more students have had an opportunity to participate.
This semester, TUMI is offering two classes in English and French, Hunt says, and Ferguson has students in Ohio and Tennessee. He hopes to add students from Maine and Washington, D.C., in the fall, at which time he anticipates adding units on church planting and trauma and healing.
Janae Rempel is the Christian Leader associate editor. She joined the CL staff in September 2017 with six years of experience as a professional journalist. Rempel is an award-winning writer, having received three 2016 Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence and an Evangelical Press Association Higher Goals award in 2022. Rempel graduated from Tabor College in 2010 with a bachelor of arts in Communications/Journalism and Biblical/Religious Studies. She attends Hillsboro MB Church.