News & Insights

Frank Yamada, the new executive director of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), recently gave an interview to Faith & Leadership. In the interview, now available online, Yamada discusses the state of theological education and future goals of ATS.


The interview begins with Yamada explaining his faith background. Raised in a Buddhist home, he converted to Christianity at age 19 and developed spiritually in a number of denominations. He explains how this background, along with his work as president of McCormick Theological Seminary, prepared him for the ecumenical nature of ATS.

He also speaks at length about the current state of the church and the challenges this creates for theological schools. Yamada feels that the one thing they have in common is the “spirit of resiliency and change,” the desire to grow and adapt to new challenges.

Finally, Yamada briefly mentions some of his goals as ATS executive director, including learning more about ATS schools, continuing ATS’s current commitment to excellence in theological education and building on that legacy, and addressing the need for increased diversity in theological leadership.

You can read Faith & Leadership’s interview online now for more of Yamada’s thoughts and ideas going into his new role as ATS executive director. 

Top Topics

Roles & Responsibilities



Board Essentials

Upcoming Events

The In Trust Center hosts learning community spaces throughout the year. Check out our upcoming events below.

Closing the Trust Gap


The current and very troubling condition of trust is a clarion call to action. But despite the dismal data showing pervasive organizational distrust, every organization can assess their current level of trust, learn and adopt a proven trust building framework, and then develop a meaningful and long-lasting plan of action. This webinar details the knowledge and practical next steps to strengthen workplace culture as a result of closing the trust gap.

In Trust Center Resource Grants


An In Trust Center Resource Grant offers member schools a chance to explore innovation at their institutions through a matching grant opportunity of up to $15,000. Listen to this 30-minute information session, including Q&A, as we provide details on eligibility requirements, funding priorities, application process. Previous grantees are eligible to apply as long as they are not within our current funding cycle.

Conflict + Crisis: Navigating the Shoals, Part 2 – A Deeper Dive


Presenter Donna Alexander, President & CEO of Advoxum Global Strategies, offers best practices for navigating conflict and crisis. She examines the crucial elements of defining conflict and crisis, identifying, and prioritizing affected stakeholders, utilizing effective communication strategies, and ultimately, executing a plan of action. Click here to view.

Can’t Find What You’re Looking For?

In Trust Center provides Resource Consulting to our members at no charge. Contact us today and let us guide you to the most helpful resources for your situation.

Contact Us