SAN DIMAS, Calif. – Life Pacific College (LPC) will confer the Doctor of Divinity degree, the institution’s higher honor, on alumna Rev. Mary Kathryn Bennett during its May 12 Commencement at Angelus Temple in Los Angeles.
Known as a “Mom to the Motherless” at The Sonshine Children’s Center deep in the Appalachian Mountains of Linefork, Ky., Rev. Bennett has served as pastor of the Linefork Foursquare Church for more than 40 years. Pastor Annie Mae Burton previously pastored the congregation and Mary accepted Christ as Savior when she was a child in the church.
Following her career as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, Rev. Bennett received the Standard Ministerial Diploma (1972) and the B.Th. (1973) from Life Bible College (also known as Life Pacific College). She worked bi-vocationally as both a minister and a young executive at AT&T in Los Angeles. Although at first resisting the return to Linefork, the call of God and the needs of Rev. Bennett’s family brought her back home.
Rev. Bennett’s friend and former Foursquare Mid-Atlantic District supervisor, Rev. Harriett Mouer, refers to Rev. Bennett as the “Mother Teresa of Foursquare.” Over 100 children call her, “Mom” because she has taken them into her home and cared for their practical and spiritual needs, many of them until they became adults and started families of their own. Several have graduated from college because of her influence in their lives.
LPC President Jim J. Adams, Ed.D. was among the first Foursquare youth pastors to lead youth mission teams to the Sonshine Children’s Center during the summers of 1985 and 1987. He recalls the “deep and abiding work of the Holy Spirit in my youth group members as they helped construct buildings, led church services, played with Mary’s kids, and conducted Vacation Bible School for the children in the community.”
“The culture and environment of the hollows of Appalachia were as exotic and mysterious to us as any remote mission field,...Yet Mary’s constant coaching, mentoring, and leadership left a mark that the young people in my care - now adults in their 40s and beyond - have never forgotten.” - President Adams
Rev. Bennett was named a “Kentucky Colonel,” the highest award granted by the governor of Kentucky, for her service to the state. She joins other Kentucky Colonels on the roster such as Ansel Adams, Omar Bradley, Winston Churchill, John Glenn, and Harlan Sanders.
Rev. Bennett will deliver the commencement address during the May 12 ceremony where the honorary degree will be conferred. A private luncheon in her honor will follow.
Watch a video about Rev. Bennett below or read an article at Foursquare.org.
Get details about LPC Commencement 2018.
BACCALAUREATE & COMMISSIONING SERVICE
- Date: Friday, May 11, 2018
- Time: Graduate Arrival – 5:30 PM; Guests Seated – 6:00 PM; Service Begins - 6:30 PM
- Location: Life Pacific College, Hicks Student Center - Mehl Court
Saturday, May 12, 2018
This is it! The final culmination of years of study and effort for each of our Life Pacific College graduates! Family and friends are encouraged to attend this celebration as Graduates are recognized for their satisfactory completion of all degree requirements at Life Pacific College. No tickets are required for attendance. Graduates should observe the dress code for this event.
- Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
- Time: Service Begins at 11:00 AM - Doors Open at 10:30 AM
- Graduates must arrive promptly at 8:30 AM. Time is allotted for you to rehearse, robe, and take your graduating class photo. Late arrivals may result in being restricted from participation in the Commencement Ceremony.
- Location: Angelus Temple
1100 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Parking: Available in the parking structure directly north of Angelus Temple.