On October 11, 2012, Westwood Presbyterian Church hosted a gathering to hear presentations on the new seminary and trends in graduate and theological education. Convened by board members the Rev. Lynn Cheyney and Elder Jan Doak, guests engaged in table conversation about the seminary, and heard from seminary consultant the Rev. Dr. George Abdo and seminary Coordinator the Rev. Dr. David Tomlinson — with welcoming remarks from Dr. Ron White and benediction offered by the Rev. Dr. Charles Marks.