Thomas Petri, Dominican House of Studies

DOMINICAN FATHER THOMAS PETRI HAS been named acting president of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. He succeeded Dominican Father John Langlois, president for the past seven years, who departed after being named prior of St. Gertrude’s Priory in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Petri has been vice president and dean of the Pontifical Faculty for seven years. Previously he was an assistant professor of theology at Providence College in Rhode Island. He is currently a cohost of “The Church Alive” on EWTN radio and a Papal Missionary of Mercy.

Petri is a graduate of Pontifical College Josephinum, University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, and Catholic University of America. He joined the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans) in 2004 and was ordained a priest in 2009.

The next president of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception will be appointed by the Vatican upon the recommendation of the institution’s chancellor, who is also the master (i.e., international leader) of the Order of Preachers.

Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre, Drew University Theological School

THE REV. DR. MELANIE JOHNSON-DEBAUFRE has been named acting dean of Drew University Theological School, effective September 2020. She succeeded the Rev. Dr. Javier Viera, who, after serving as dean of the theological school since 2014, will be the new president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary starting in January 2021.

Johnson-DeBaufre has been a member of the Drew faculty since 2005 and has served as associate dean of academic affairs, associate dean of the theological school, and associate dean of graduate studies. She also serves as professor of New Testament and early Christianity. Before moving to Drew, she was assistant professor in the department of religion and philosophy at Luther College.

An ordained American Baptist minister, Johnson-DeBaufre is a graduate of Eastern College and Harvard Divinity School.

Joseph G. Mueller, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University

JESUIT FATHER JOSEPH G. MUELLER HAS been named dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, effective July 1, 2020. He succeeded Jesuit Father Kevin F. O’Brien, who was dean of the School of Theology from 2016 until he was named president of Santa Clara University in 2019.

At the time of his appointment, Mueller had been rector of the Jesuit Community at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for three years. A member of Marquette’s faculty for more than 20 years, Mueller served as associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of graduate studies and assistant chair in the Department of Theology. He was a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches for seven years.

Mueller is a graduate of Marquette University, the Centre Sèvres in Paris, Weston School of Theology, and Loyola University of Chicago. He joined the Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus in 1982 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1993.

Jesuit School of Theology is a graduate division of Santa Clara University. Located in Berkeley, California, it is a constituent member of the Graduate Theological Union.

Silas L. McCormick, Lincoln Christian University

The board of trustees of Lincoln Christian University has named Dr. Silas L. McCormick as the school’s eighth president. He succeeded Dr. Don Green, president since 2014, who has been named president emeritus and professor of leadership studies.

McCormick’s appointment took effect on June 1, 2020. At that time, he had been serving as the university’s executive vice president since 2018. Previously he was the university’s vice president of enrollment and marking. He also twice served as chief academic officer.

An ordained minister and licensed attorney, McCormick is a graduate of Lincoln Christian University, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, and Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. He and his wife, Anna, have two children.

Lincoln Christian University, in Lincoln, Illinois, is an independent university associated with the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. It includes an embedded theological school, Lincoln Christian Seminary.

Craig D. Atwood, Moravian Theological Seminary

THE REV. DR. CRAIG D. ATWOOD HAS BEEN named interim dean of Moravian Theological Seminary, a division of Moravian College, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, beginning in May 2020. He succeeded the Rev. Dr. Frank Crouch, dean of the seminary since 2001, who was granted a one-year research leave in 2020 and will retire in 2021.

Since 2010 Atwood has been a professor of Moravian theology and ministry at Moravian Seminary and has also directed its Center for Moravian Studies. Previously he was director of admissions and student life and adjunct professor of Moravian studies at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. He has also been a member of the faculty at Salem Academy and College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Atwood is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Moravian Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary.

James Massa, Saint Joseph’s Seminary

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN, ARCHBISHOP of New York, has announced the appointment of Bishop James Massa as rector of Saint Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, New York, effective July 16, 2020. Bishop Massa is the 22nd rector of Saint Joseph’s Seminary and one of five bishops who has served in this role. He succeeded Monsignor Peter I. Vaccari, who was rector from 2011 until 2019 when he was named head of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.

From 2012 to 2015, Massa was a member of Saint Joseph’s faculty. Ordained an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Brooklyn in 2015, Bishop Massa has been the moderator of the curia for the diocese, the vicar for Catholic education, and the vicar for evangelization. He was executive director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., and coordinated the consolidation of Saint Joseph’s Seminary with the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in 2011.

A graduate of Boston College, Yale Divinity School, and Fordham University, Massa was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1986.

John McLaughlin, University of St. Michael’s College Faculty of Theology

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. Michael’s College, an affiliated institution within the University of Toronto, has named Dr. John McLaughlin to a two-year term as interim dean of the Faculty of Theology, effective July 1, 2020. He succeeded Dr. James Ginther, who completed a five-year term as dean on June 30, 2020. After a 12-month research leave, Ginther will return to the faculty to teach and to conduct research.

In 2002, after teaching for seven years at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, McLaughlin joined the faculty at St. Michael’s. For seven years he served as director of the advanced degree programs and for one year, he served as interim dean for the Faculty of Theology.

A scholar of the Hebrew Bible, McLaughlin is a graduate of St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and of the University of St. Michael’s College.

Kristin Johnston Largen, Wartburg Theological Seminary

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF WARTBURG Theological Seminary has named the Rev. Dr. Kristin Johnston Largen as the seminary’s next president, beginning February 1, 2021. She succeeds Dr. Kristine Stache, the seminary’s vice president for administration, who has been serving as interim president since the departure of Wartburg’s previous president, the Rev. Louise Johnson, on December 31, 2019.

Largen is currently a professor of systematic theology at United Lutheran Seminary. She also serves part-time as associate dean of religious and spiritual life and college chaplain at Gettysburg College, a liberal arts school not affiliated with the seminary.

In 2006, Largen joined the faculty of one of United’s predecessor institutions, Gettysburg Seminary, and was promoted through the ranks while also serving terms as dean and co-dean of the seminary.

Largen is a graduate of Colorado College, Wartburg Theological Seminary, and the Graduate Theological Union. Largen is married to the Rev. John Largen, who is also a Lutheran pastor.

New Chairs

Recently elected board chairs at member schools and affiliates of the In Trust Center

Cecelia Armstrong Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary

Collin Barr Bethel University

Peter Bartuska Knox Theological Seminary

Jeremy Bill Taylor College and Seminary

G. Alexander Bryant Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary of Andrews University

William (Bill) Cahoy Collegeville Institute

Elizabeth Conde-Frazier Forum for Theological Exploration

Gail Ebersole Western Theological Seminary

Shannon Eckmann The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology

Connie Erpelding Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University

Jane Fahey Columbia Theological Seminary

Kristi Ferguson Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

James Halstead Catholic Theological Union

Marge Hegge Luther Seminary

Eli Henry Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary

Marc Kellams Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology

William Landis Drew University

Connie Lindsey McCormick Theological Seminary

Brian MacArthur Acadia Divinity College

Michael Maples Biola University

William McAlilly United Methodist Church Division of Ordained Ministry

Debi Mills Ambrose University

Alan Noell Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

John Noonan St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary

Ray Ontko Earlham School of Religion

Keith Oosthoek Calvin Theological Seminary

Omar Palafox Abilene Christian University, Graduate School of Theology

Nelson Pérez Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Susan Post Missio Seminary

Kelly Reid Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary

Bill Taylor Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS)

J. Martin Taylor Pentecostal Theological Seminary

Donna Vollet Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary

Ted Waggoner Christian Theological Seminary

(As of November 1, 2020)


Abilene Christian University, Graduate School of Theology, TX

Acadia Divinity College, NS

Ambrose Seminary, AB

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, IN

Aquinas Institute of Theology, MO

Asbury Theological Seminary, KY

Ashland Theological Seminary, OH

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University, MO

Associated Canadian Theological Schools, BC

Azusa Pacific Seminary, CA

B.H. Carroll Theological Institute, TX

Baptist Bible College, MO

Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, KY

Berkeley School of Theology, CA

Bethany Theological Seminary, IN

Bethel Seminary of Bethel University, MN

Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation, IL

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, MA

Boston University School of Theology, MA

Brite Divinity School, TX

Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril & Methodius, PA

Calvin Theological Seminary, MI

Campbell University Divinity School, NC

Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary, AB

Candler School of Theology of Emory University, GA

Carey Theological College, BC

Catholic Theological Union, IL

Central Baptist Theological Seminary, KS

Chapman Seminary of Oakland City University, IN

Chicago Theological Seminary, IL

China Evangelical Seminary North America, CA

Christian Theological Seminary, IN

Church Divinity School of the Pacific of Trinity Church Wall Street, CA

Claremont School of Theology, CA

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, NY

Columbia Biblical Seminary of Columbia International University, SC

Columbia Theological Seminary, GA

Community of Christ Seminary, Graceland University, MO

Concordia Lutheran Seminary, AB

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO

Concordia Theological Seminary, IN

Covenant Theological Seminary, MO

Dallas Theological Seminary, TX

Denver Seminary, CO

Dominican House of Studies, DC

Drew University Theological School, NJ

Duke University Divinity School, NC

Earlham School of Religion, IN

Eastern Mennonite Seminary, VA

Ecumenical Theological Seminary, MI

Eden Theological Seminary, MO

Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan, TN

Emmanuel College of Victoria University, ON

Franciscan School of Theology, CA

Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary of Fresno Pacific University, CA

Fuller Theological Seminary, CA

Gammon Theological Seminary, GA

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, IL

Gateway Seminary, CA

General Theological Seminary, NY

George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University, TX

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, MA

Grace Theological Seminary, IN

Graduate School of Theology at University of Redlands, CA

Grand Canyon University College of Theology, AZ

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University, MI

Harding School of Theology, TN

Hartford Seminary, CT

Harvard Divinity School, MA

Holy Apostles College and Seminary, CT

Hood Theological Seminary, NC

Houston Graduate School of Theology, TX

Huron University College, ON

Iliff School of Theology, CO

Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary, FL

Interdenominational Theological Center, GA

International Theological Seminary, CA

James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University, GA

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, CA

John Leland Center for Theological Studies, VA

Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, GA

Knox College, ON

Knox Theological Seminary, FL

Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School, PA

Lancaster Theological Seminary, PA

Lexington Theological Seminary, KY

Logos Evangelical Seminary, CA

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, KY

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, IL

Luther Seminary, MN

Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon, SK

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary at Lenoir-Rhyne University, SC

McCormick Theological Seminary, IL

McMaster Divinity College, ON

Meadville Lombard Theological School, IL

Memphis Theological Seminary, TN

Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, BC

Methodist Theological School in Ohio, OH

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, MO

Missio Seminary, PA

Montreal School of Theology, QC

Moravian Theological Seminary, PA

Mount Angel Seminary, OR

Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and School of Theology, OH

Multnomah Biblical Seminary, OR

Nashotah House, WI

Nazarene Theological Seminary, MO

New Brunswick Theological Seminary, NJ

Newman Theological College, AB

New York Theological Seminary, NY

Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College, NY

Northern Seminary, IL

North Park Theological Seminary at North Park University, IL

Northwest Baptist Seminary, BC

Oblate School of Theology, TX

Pacific School of Religion, CA

Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Ministry, FL

Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, PA

Payne Theological Seminary, OH

Pentecostal Theological Seminary, TN

Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, TX

Phillips Theological Seminary, OK

Phoenix Seminary, AZ

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, PA

Pontifical College Josephinum, OH

Portland Seminary of George Fox University, OR

Providence University College and Theological Seminary, MB

Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, MI

Queen’s College, NL

Reformed Episcopal Seminary, PA

Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, PA

Reformed Theological Seminary, MS

Regent College, BC

Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, FL

Sacred Heart Major Seminary, MI

Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, WI

St. Andrew’s College, SK

St. Andrew’s Hall, BC

St. Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto, ON

St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, NY

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, PA

St. John’s Seminary, CA

Saint John’s Seminary, MA

Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary, MN

St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, CO

Saint Joseph’s Seminary, NY

Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology, OH

St. Mary’s Seminary and University, MD

Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, IN

Saint Paul School of Theology, KS

Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, MN

St. Stephen’s College—University of Alberta, AB

St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, PA

St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, FL

Saint Vincent Seminary, PA

St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, NY

SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary, MI

Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University, VA

Seattle Pacific Seminary of Seattle Pacific University, WA

Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, WA

Seminary of the Southwest, TX

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, MI

Shaw University Divinity School, NC

Sioux Falls Seminary, SD

Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, CA

Taylor College and Seminary, AB

Theological College, DC

Toronto School of Theology, ON

Trinity Bible College and Graduate School, ND

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School | Trinity International University, IL

Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University, OH

Trinity School for Ministry, PA

Tyndale University, ON

Union Theological Seminary, NY

United Lutheran Seminary, PA

United Theological Seminary, OH

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, MN

University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary, IL

University of the South | Sewanee, TN

Urshan Graduate School of Theology, MO

Vancouver School of Theology, BC

Virginia Theological Seminary, VA

Wartburg Theological Seminary, IA

Wesley Biblical Seminary, MS

Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, IN

Wesley Theological Seminary, DC

Western Seminary, OR

Western Theological Seminary, MI

Westminster Seminary California, CA

Winebrenner Theological Seminary, OH

Wycliffe College, ON


A Christian Ministry in the National Parks, CO

Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana, FL

Association for Biblical Higher Education, FL

Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, DC

Association of Theological Schools, PA

Atla, IL

Auburn Theological Seminary, NY

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, MI

Committee on Theological Education of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), IN

Disciples Seminary Foundation, CA

The FOCUS Group, FL

Forum for Theological Exploration, GA

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, UMC, TN

Hispanic Theological Initiative, NJ

Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, IN

Louisville Institute, KY

Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, MI

Oikonomia Network, IL

Spring Arbor University, MI

Summit Pacific College, School of Graduate Studies, BC

Unification Theological Seminary, NY

Unitarian Universalist Ministerial Credentialing Office, MA

United Methodist Church Division of Ordained Ministry, TN

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, IN

Washington Theological Consortium, DC

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