world was saddened to learn of the recent death of Fred Rogers of
“Mister Rogers Neighborhood.” After graduating from Rollins College
in Florida, Rogers intended to go to a seminary and study for the
ministry. He changed his plans after watching what he considered
horrid children’s programming. Instead he developed his now famous
show for PBS. Rogers did not give up his original goal. He eventually
earned his divinity degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in
1962. He was ordained by the Presbyterian Church to a ministry to
children. Children and adults who have been affected by his unique
brand of kindness will never doubt that it was indeed a ministry.


J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.

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A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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