Category Archives: Faculty

Prof. David Hurd to Leave General Seminary

Recently, Dr. David J. Hurd decided that he will leave his position as Professor of Church Music and Organist, Director of Chapel Music, effective June 30, 2015. With great sadness for his departure and with great joy for his many years of accomplishments, General Seminary will celebrate his 39 years here at a special Evensong on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, during the annual Alumni Gathering. Dean and President, the Very Rev.  Read more...

General Voices: Why I Stand with The General Theological Seminary – Prof. Robert Owens

General Voices: Why I Stand with The General Theological Seminary – Prof. Robert Owens

General Voices: Why I Stand with The General Theological Seminary
The Rev. Dr. Robert J. Owens
Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament

The following submission from Prof. Robert Owens reflects his report to the Trustees of The General Theological Seminary on May 19, 2015.

As a faculty member who has continued teaching throughout this past year, I have been asked to share some personal observations as we now prepare for a new academic year in 2015-16 (my fifteenth at GTS).  Read more...

Meet Our New Professor:  An Interview with the Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D.

Meet Our New Professor: An Interview with the Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D.

Recently, GTS News had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with Michael Battle. In May he was appointed as the Herbert Thompson Professor of Church and Society and Director of The Desmond Tutu Center (see story here). Battle holds a unique connection to The Desmond Tutu Center, having spent two years in residence with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa and being ordained a priest by Tutu in 1993.  Read more...

About New Faculty Member Discernment

About New Faculty Member Discernment

Dear fellow members of the General Seminary community,

Before graduation I promised an update on the way our three new faculty members came to us. Now that the press of year-end is behind us, let me take a few minutes, beginning with a word about process.

I am a fan of process. I am also a fan of good results. When they move together, it is all the better.  Read more...

General Seminary Names the Rev. Todd Brewer, Ph.D., as Assistant Professor of New Testament

General Seminary Names the Rev. Todd Brewer, Ph.D., as Assistant Professor of New Testament

The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Dr. Todd H. W. Brewer has been named Assistant Professor of New Testament beginning fall 2015. Brewer already has ties with General Seminary, having taught an introductory New Testament course for diaconal candidates this past spring.

Most recently, Brewer served as Associate Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morristown, New Jersey. He holds an M.Div. from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania, and an M.A.  Read more...

General Seminary Appoints the Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., as Professor of Church and Society and Director of The Desmond Tutu Center

General Seminary Appoints the Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., as Professor of Church and Society and Director of The Desmond Tutu Center

The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., has been appointed as the Herbert Thompson Professor of Church and Society. He will also assume the position of Director of The Desmond Tutu Center. As its new Director, Battle holds a unique connection to The Desmond Tutu Center, having lived in residence with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa for two years (1993-1994) and being ordained a priest in South Africa by Archbishop Tutu in 1993.  Read more...

The Rev. Kevin Moroney, Ph.D., to Join GTS as Affiliate Faculty in Liturgics

The Rev. Kevin Moroney, Ph.D., to Join GTS as Affiliate Faculty in Liturgics

The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Dr. Kevin John Moroney ’92 will be teaching Liturgics as an Affiliate Faculty member beginning fall 2015. Moroney has close ties to General and comes highly recommended from faculty and community members.

Moroney is a graduate of General Seminary (M.Div. ’92) and received his Ph.D. in Liturgy from Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin, Ireland, in 2008.  Read more...

Prof. Patrick Malloy Named Interim Dean at St. John’s Cathedral, Denver

Prof. Patrick Malloy Named Interim Dean at St. John’s Cathedral, Denver

Saint John’s Cathedral in the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado has announced that the Rev. Dr. Patrick Malloy, Professor of Liturgy at The General Theological Seminary, has accepted the position of Interim Dean. Members of the St. John’s congregation report that Malloy “was kind, a good listener, thoughtful, compassionate, intelligent, and had a solid sense of the needs of the Cathedral in this time of transition.” As part of his transition, he will continue at General Seminary through this year’s graduation and take up his new position in June.  Read more...

Dr. Deirdre Good to Depart from General Seminary

Dr. Deirdre Good has informed the Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary that she will resign as Professor of New Testament effective May 25, 2015.

Good came to the Seminary as Assistant Professor in 1986, eventually becoming General’s Professor of New Testament in 1992, specializing in the Synoptic Gospels, Christian origins, Noncanonical writings and biblical languages, and was Academic Dean from 2013-2014. In addition to her roles at GTS she is an award winning author, having published several books such as Jesus’ Family Values and Mariam, the Magdalen, and the MotherRead more...

Changes in Keller Library Leadership

The Rev. Andrew Kadel has informed the Board of Trustees that he is resigning as Director of the Christoph Keller, Jr., Library and as member of the faculty of The General Theological Seminary, effective May 23, 2015.

Fr. Kadel came to the Seminary as director of the St. Mark’s Library in 2003. During his time here he oversaw the transition to the new Keller Library, participating in planning and fundraising, and overseeing the move in and out of an interim space to the new Keller Library.  Read more...

Episcopalians, Solidarity & Reconciliation

Episcopalians, Solidarity & Reconciliation

Beginning at the end of March, Adjunct Professor Stephanie Spellers will be teaching a course at The General Theological Seminary called Episcopalians, Solidarity & Reconciliation. The course will be taught over two Friday-Saturday sessions in March and April, opening it to those who cannot commit to a full-week schedule.

The course explores key moments where Episcopalians have crossed boundaries, stepped beyond traditional privilege and struggled for liberation in the company of the oppressed.  Read more...

An Orthodox Celebration at General Seminary

An Orthodox Celebration at General Seminary

The 22nd Ecumenical Theological and Interdisciplinary Symposium, co-sponsored by the Academy of Romanian Scientists and the Romanian Institute of Orthodox Theology, met all day at The General Theological Seminary on December 6, 2014.

Hosted by GTS Ascetical Theology Prof. Clair McPherson and Prof. Theodore Damian, President of the Academy (Splaiul Independentei 54, Bucharest) and the Institute (Woodside, NY), the Symposium welcomed nine scholars who presented papers, including Professors Damian and McPherson, and over forty interested guests and students from GTS and the Metropolitan College of New York.  Read more...

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. Clair McPherson

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. Clair McPherson

The Way of Wisdom is a major initiative at The General Theological Seminary to integrate all the disciplines of formation in seminary education. Rather than separating education, formation and experience, The Way of Wisdom requires a complete blending of each. To read more about The Way of Wisdom, including Dean Kurt H. Dunkle’s article, “Diving into the Deep End,” go to www.gts.edu/wisdom.

Each month GTS News is featuring one faculty member’s reflection on The Way of WisdomRead more...

Professor Deirdre Good Leads Retreat at St. Andrew’s, Hartsdale

On Saturday September 20, Prof. Deirdre Good led a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) retreat day busy at St. Andrew’s in Hartsdale. About 65 people from parishes as close to Hartsdale as Grace in White Plains and as far as St. John’s in South Salem, along with guests from other faith traditions, came to spend the day.

Dr. Good led those gathered in opening their bibles to wander with Jesus through the gospels of Mark and Matthew, and a little in Luke and John as well.  Read more...

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. Patrick Malloy

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. Patrick Malloy

The Way of Wisdom is a major initiative at The General Theological Seminary to integrate all the disciplines of formation in seminary education. Rather than separating education, formation and experience, The Way of Wisdom requires a complete blending of each. To read more about The Way of Wisdom, including Dean Kurt H. Dunkle’s article, “Diving into the Deep End,” go to www.gts.edu/wisdom.

Each month GTS News is featuring one faculty member’s reflection on The Way of WisdomRead more...

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. Mitties McDonald DeChamplain

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. Mitties McDonald DeChamplain

The Way of Wisdom is a major initiative at The General Theological Seminary to integrate all the disciplines of formation in seminary education. Rather than separating education, formation and experience, The Way of Wisdom requires a complete blending of each. To read more about The Way of Wisdom, including Dean Kurt H. Dunkle’s article, “Diving into the Deep End,” go to www.gts.edu/wisdom.

Each month GTS News is featuring one faculty member’s reflection on The Way of WisdomRead more...

Invite a GTS Professor to Preach on Theological Education Sunday – Feb. 1, 2015

Invite a GTS Professor to Preach on Theological Education Sunday – Feb. 1, 2015

Next year, Theological Education Sunday in The Episcopal Church will fall on Sunday, February 1. Members of the GTS faculty are now accepting invitations to visit parishes throughout the country as guest preachers on that day. Each will explore the meaning of that week’s lectionary reading through the lens of her or his theological discipline.

If you wish to invite a particular GTS faculty member to preach on Theological Education Sunday, please send an email to good@gts.edu to make an inquiry as to her or his availability that day.  Read more...