Father-son duo graduate from seminary school in Fort Worth together

A father-son duo from North Texas walked on stage together as they graduated with a master’s degree in theology.

75-year-old Robert Sherman Evaul and his son, 37-year-old Robert Phillip Evaul, are furthering a family legacy of ministry and service to those less fortunate. The two attended Southwestern Baptist Theology Seminary in Fort Worth.

“My parents were missionaries in Columbia. I was born in Columbia and raised in the Church,” Robert Sherman explains. “They were there for quite a few years and then came back. And then the Lord called my wife and me to the field mission, the mission field in Bolivia.”

“I was born in Bolivia, so it’s kind of a third-generation thing,” Robert Phillip explained. “My grandfather was a preacher, so now he is a preacher. And then it’s time for me to jump into those shoes and do pastoral work and learn theology.”

Together, the duo has served abroad as missionaries and within their small church in Dublin, Texas.

“As we worked together, we realized that, well, Bobby did too, that we could graduate together,” Robert Sherman said. “I wasn’t going to finish it. He said we could graduate together.”

The idea of ​​getting a theology degree started organically.

Robert Phillip, who is currently a teacher, enrolled at SBTS and convinced his father to pick up his studies where he left off years ago.

Then, after years of studying together and encouraging each other, an epiphany happened.

“A year ago we thought, ‘Hey, if you take these classes, and I take these classes, we can graduate here now,’” Robert Phillip recalls.

Walking across the stage together was an undeniably special moment for father and son.

“I can’t believe I’m graduating with a theology degree with my dad,” Robert Phillip said. ‘Both of us. Both of us together. Master diploma.’