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Knox College Announces 2011 Honorary Degree Recipients

At its 167th Convocation ceremony on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, Knox College will award honorary degrees to three outstanding individuals who exemplify critical aspects of the mission and purpose of Knox College. This year’s recipients for the Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, are:

The Rev. Karen Bach
The University of Toronto’s first Ecumenical Chaplain, The Rev. Karen Bach is a second career minister who has made urban ministry her calling. While studying at Knox College, she saw a need for a ministry presence on campus and worked to develop the Ecumenical Chaplaincy serving both the United and Presbyterian churches. She was also integrally involved in the building and design of the University’s Multi-Faith Centre.

In 2002, Karen was appointed Director of the Evergreen Centre of the Yonge Street Mission in Toronto. Identifying a need for greater pastoral support of youth on the streets, she developed programs including special care and support, addiction services, art therapy as well as employment and mentoring services.

Karen became the Missions Ministry/Program Officer in 2009 where she now works with the CEO to expand the Mission beyond the downtown core and shift its focus to community development and transformation.

Dr. Reinerio Arce Valentin
President of the Seminario Evangelico de Teologia (SET) at Matanzas, Dr. Reinerio Arce Valentin is an international Presbyterian leader with an established relationship with The Presbyterian Church in Canada. He has been instrumental in the organization of the Inter-Cultural exchange between the Seminary and Knox College, providing logistical support, fundraising assistance and leadership in lectures.

In addition to his work at the Seminary in Matanzas, Reinerio has served as President of the Cuban Council of Churches, giving significant leadership to the ecumenical and interfaith community in Cuba. In that role and continued on in his present one, he has strengthened the relationship between the Cuban government and the church, enabling people of different faiths to practice freely.

Reinerio holds a Th.D. from the University of Tubingen and a Ph.D. from the University of Havana. He teaches both at SET and at the University of Havana.

The Rev. Cheol Soon Park

Moderator of the 134th General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, The Rev. Cheol Soon Park has the distinction of being the first Moderator of Korean descent in the history of the denomination. Born in Korea and the second son of a Presbyterian minister, Cheol Soon moved to Canada in 1983 to study theology at Knox College. He was called to Toronto Korean Presbyterian Church and served as minister there for 18 years before accepting a position at the Korean Vancouver Church.

In addition to his congregational duties, Cheol Soon has been a member of the national committees on Church Doctrine and Evangelism, worked with the Council of the Centre for Asian-Canadian Theology and Ministry at Knox College and was the Clerk of Presbytery of Eastern Han-Ca. He served on the Board of Governors of Knox College for two years before moving to Vancouver. He was instrumental in encouraging the translation of Living Faith and the Book of Forms into Korean.

All are invited to attend Knox College’s convocation ceremony, which will take place on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 7:30p.m. at Convocation Hall, the University of Toronto, 31 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON. Dr. Reinerio Arce Valentin will deliver the Convocation Address, Beyond Church Walls.
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