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Father, daughter make earning degrees from Golden Gate Seminary a family affair


MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) — Usually, when two people in a seminary class share the same last name, it’s either a case of coincidence or marriage. But not for David and Sarah Auda, a father and daughter tandem at Golden Gate Seminary.

“It was especially fun at the beginning of the semester when the professor would call the roll and our names came up together and people would look at us and slowly realize I’m his daughter and not his wife,” said Sarah, laughing.

So the spring graduation ceremony at the seminary’s Southern California campus in Brea, Calif., was especially meaningful for the Auda family. Father and daughter both graduated with a master of arts in theological studies.

Sarah took her Golden Gate courses as part of a partnership – called the Protégé Program – between the seminary and Mosaic Church. In the program, emerging leaders from the church participate in an intensive hands-on ministry and mentoring program with Mosaic leaders, while simultaneously taking classes at Golden Gate and earning a master’s degree.

As a paid church staff member at Mosaic Church, David knew when the Protégé Program started that he would be one of the trainers on the Mosaic side, and so decided to pursue the Golden Gate degree partly for the first-hand experience and partly as encouragement and follow-through with the students in the program.