Philippi, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University announced Rev. Dr. Marilyn Turner-Triplett as the 2017 Commencement Speaker for the 146th Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10 a.m. in Rex Pyles Arena in the Memorial Coliseum.
The traditional Nursing Pinning Ceremony will take place Friday, May 5, at 2 p.m. in Wilcox Chapel.
Turner-Triplett currently realizes her commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ by serving as the founding director for Rizpah’s Children, the American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ initiative that is focused on creating a network of community outreach ministries that provide long term solutions to the complex problems that children who are encumbered by poverty face each day. Rizpah’s Children takes its name from Dr. Turner-Triplett’s sermon by that same name which tells the 2nd Samuel 21:1-10 account of Rizpah, a mother who advocated for the seven slain children of Saul; two of her own and five of another. The sermon and the ministry call on us to follow Rizpah’s example by proclaiming, through our diligent actions, that we will not stand idly by while allowing children to be consumed by the systems that prey upon the poor.
Dr. Turner-Triplett also facilitates the denomination’s connections with American Baptist related colleges, universities and seminaries. In that capacity, she works with these institutions of higher learning to assure that the voices of theological educators and their students are included in the ministries and perspectives of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies.
In the past, Turner-Triplett has provided leadership and direction for missional ministries of ABHMS, including discipleship, community and congregational transformation, intercultural strategies, caring and prophetic justice ministries, efforts associated with Children in Poverty, and youth leadership development. She has also previously provided oversight to the development and implementation of effective mission and management strategies for ABHMS.
Turner-Triplett is a writer whose works are featured in various devotional and inspirational books, Bibles, and magazines. She is actively involved in many faith-based and community boards and organizations. Turner-Triplett loves Jesus, and one of the greatest joys in her life is being called of God to spread the good news of Christian love, power, and faithfulness. She is convinced that the privilege of being able to touch even one life under the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit is to be blessed beyond measure. Her ongoing prayer is that her ministry will please and honor Jesus Christ.
Turner-Triplett was born in Rochester, Pa., the youngest daughter of the late Rev. Walter L. Turner and Julia M. Turner. Her corporate background in Information Technology and Business Process Engineering led her to the Philadelphia area where she heard and answered God’s call to ordained ministry. She is an associate minister at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Springhouse, Pa. where she previously served as executive minister.
Commencement will be streamed online with full audio and video for those relatives and friends who cannot make it to campus. Information regarding the weekend’s activities will be posted as it becomes available at: ab.edu/graduation.