Tom_BenjaminIndiana Wesleyan University awarded an honorary doctorate in theology to Bishop Tom Benjamin, senior pastor emeritus of Light of the World Christian Church in Indianapolis.

Bishop Benjamin is the longest-serving senior pastor of Indianapolis’ second-oldest black church, which was founded a few years after the Civil War. He retired late last year.

He serves today as a distinguished resource practitioner for the Tom Benjamin Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Ministry degrees, which are accredited and affordable cohort programs offered in partnership with Wesley Seminary at IWU and contextualized for the urban church in Indianapolis and beyond.

Bishop Benjamin is a respected leader in Indianapolis and throughout the state, having received the Sagamore of the Wabash award six times from four different governors of Indiana. He has been called the “City’s Pastor” for his work in the Indianapolis community and is considered one of the most influential religious leaders in the state.

IWU added 1319 graduates to its worldwide alumni community on Saturday.

Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church committed to liberal arts and professional education.  Its student body of approximately 15,000 includes one-third enrolled in traditional programs on the main campus in Marion, Indiana and two-thirds enrolled as adult learners studying at regional sites in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois and online.