Summer 2003 Rapport: Annual Report 2002-2003
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From the Office of the Academic Dean...
|Dr. Joe Castleberry
This year has been one of transition. Dr. Edgar Lee retired from the post of Vice President
for Academic Affairs after 14 years of outstanding leadership. During those years the
seminary matured academically and established a reputation for excellence so notable that
the Association of Theological Schools is using our accreditation self-study as a model
for other seminaries to follow.
Dr. Richard Dresselhaus agreed to serve as interim dean. During his semester of service,
Dr. Dresselhaus delighted faculty, staff, and students alike with his keen intellect and
the wisdom of over 40 years of pastoral experience and denominational leadership. His
example of integrating scholarship and ministry was inspirational.
As I began my duties as academic dean in January 2003, I faced the challenge of continuing
the tradition of academic excellence and ministerial relevance that my predecessors had
established. At the same time, I needed to plan for the future.
I have identified a number of issues upon which to focus in guiding us into Gods
future. These include:
- a significant year-long revision of our curriculum;
- a program designed to create a more vigorous culture of research, writing, and publication
throughout the seminary community;
- a new emphasis on church planting that will not only train prospective church planters
but also link them to opportunities around the USA;
- and the development of a new program for training missionaries for the Muslim World.
God has assembled a great administrative team to work with a world-class faculty. Pray
with us that he will add his grace to our work so that we can provide the kind of graduate
training that will fulfill our mission to form servant leaders to revitalize the church
and evangelize the world.
Wednesday, November 12, 2003 2:26 PM