The president emeritus of Wesley Seminary, the Rev. Dr. G. Douglass Lewis, has been named acting president of In Trust on the retirement of Dr. Christa R. Klein, who has headed the organization for the past nine years.

Lewis led Wesley, a United Methodist seminary in Washington, D.C., for 20 years before retiring and being named president emeritus in 2002. He joined the In Trust board of directors in 2003 and became the chair in 2005. After six years, he stepped down as chair but continued to serve on the board until he was selected for his new role earlier this year.

Lewis is the chair of the board of trustees of A Christian Ministry in the National Parks and was the coeditor of A Handbook for Seminary Presidents (Eerdmans, 2006), a resource published in cooperation with the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

Lewis holds degrees from the University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt Divinity School, and Duke University.

Christa Klein cofounded In Trust in 1988 as a resource for seminary trustees. She subsequently served as a member of its editorial council from 1988 until 1995, when she joined In Trust’s first board of directors after it was incorporated as a nonprofit organization. In 2003, Klein was named the first president of In Trust. Since then, she has led the organization through its move to Wilmington, Delaware, and its reincorporation as a full supporting organization to its membership, with a board elected annually by its member institutions.

In recognition of her role in serving theological education, earlier this year Klein was awarded the John Paul II Leadership Award by the Seminary Department of the National Catholic Educational Association.

Klein is a graduate of Valparaiso University and the University of Pennsylvania.
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