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Presidential Search Announced

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The Bethany board of trustees announces a search for a new president to succeed Ruthann Knechel Johansen upon her retirement June 30, 2013.

The Presidential Search Committee invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for this position. The new president will assume office in July 2013.

The Seminary seeks a president who carries knowledge of theological education, a passion for teaching and research, and a deep love for Christ and the church, bringing a vision for Bethany's future. He/she should possess a terminal degree (either a PhD or a DMin), and strong skills in administration, communication, cooperative leadership, and fund-raising as well as the ability to engage others in effective planning and implementation of priorities.

Founded in 1905, Bethany Theological Seminary seeks to equip spiritual and intellectual leaders with an Incarnational education for ministering, proclaiming and living out God's shalom and Christ's peace in the church and world. Bethany's educational program bears witness to the beliefs, heritage, and practices of the Church of the Brethren in the context of the whole Christian tradition. Set in partnership with Earlham School of Religion and the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center, Bethany embodies ecumenical cooperation in the Anabaptist and Pietist tradition and innovation in programming, curriculum design, and economic stewardship. Bethany is fully accredited by The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Review of applications will begin this summer and will continue until an appointment is made. Interested individuals should provide a letter outlining their interest in and qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, and the names of and contact information for five references. Applications and nominations may be submitted electronically or by mail to:

Rhonda Pittman Gingrich, Chair
Presidential Search Committee
Bethany Theological Seminary
615 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374-4019
presidentialsearch@bethanyseminary.edu
 

Jeff Foster
(Certificate of Achievement in Theological Studies)

JeffFor nine years I felt the leading of God to ministry. I began my academic journey thinking that I had God all figured out. This journey began at Moody Bible Institute for several semesters, where I gleaned perspective on missions and evangelism. Because of a full-time missionary role, I suspended Moody classes to concentrate on raising support. During that time God began to speak to me about the overall disunity in our Christian church. I came to the conclusion that unity within the body of Christ is the best way to reach lost souls with greater depth. I started exploring the Anabaptist teaching and specifically the way the Church of the Brethren strives toward this vision of unity and reconciliation.