Wednesday, January 8, 2014


This is my first opportunity to welcome our D.Min. students to campus. D.Min. students are special. These are men and women who are already busy and decide to add to their busy lives a demanding degree program. It is not surprising that clergy who do a D.Min. degree are more likely to be running a growing congregation. This isn't simply the benefits of a higher degree but it also reflects the type of people who commit to a further degree that is demanding.

Our D.Min. program is good. It attracts students who are exceptional and invites them to grow in a variety of important ways. With three tracks - Ministry Development, Educational Leadership, and Christian Spirituality, we are attracting the most able in the fields of parish and school leadership on to our program.  

I am grateful to the Rev. Jennifer McKenzie who is responsible for worship in the January term. Jennifer is both a good friend to the Seminary and a thoughtful priest. A thank you to Dr. Kathy Brown, who is a key presence and organizer.  Finally, I am grateful to the Rev. Dr. David Gortner who is responsible for our D.Min. program. We are proud of the program and proud of the hard work that David does.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President