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Brewer receives doctoral degree

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By The Staff

After eight years of courses, researching, writing and rewriting a dissertation, and working in a male prison as a volunteer and as the senior chaplain, Rev. Annete Brewer received her Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
 Brewer said two things happened at Pageland Elementary School that led her to her doctorate. She was working as a special education teacher when one of my students uncharacteristically quipped, “You know you should be a doctor, not the medical kind.”
The school’s secretary, Margie Eubanks, also told her she should pursue a doctorate.
Three years later, when it looked like Brewer was not going to have research participants, a conversation with a teacher Gail Wright led her to consider inmates.  
Brewer’s thesis was centering prayer, which is a meditative form of prayer, could help the inmates implement a rule of life better. She was unable to prove her hypothesis.  
She did conclude that encouraging inmates to set goals and offering classes on centering prayer could be beneficial.