Los Ranchos Celebrates Two New Doctors of Ministry!

Jun 3, 2024

Vanessa Bates

Vanessa Bates

Vanessa Bates, Commissioned Ruling Elder, and Rev. Anette Rihovsky graduated from New York Theological Seminary on May 18th having earned their Doctor of Ministry degrees.

Dr. Bates dissertation was titled “BALANCING ON THE FULCRUM BETWEEN THE SACRED AND THE SECULAR: A GUIDE TO IMPROVE THE ADMINISTRATIVE SKILLS OF PASTORS” which draws on her extensive business background. Part of her work included offering a series of classes to Los Ranchos pastors, and also pastors from around the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii.

Dr. Rihovsky’s dissertation, Dying with Hope; The Best is Yet to Come, was centered on removing the taboo of the topic of death and dying in the American culture. She developed and produced a series of workshops and curriculum centered in the theology of Hope for the life after this life.

Congratulations Vanessa and Anette!

Anette Rihovsky with President of New York Theological Seminary, Dr. Lakeesha Walrond

Anette Rihovsky with President of New York Theological Seminary, Dr. Lakeesha Walrond