Lee Hinson-Hasty is coordinator for theological education and seminary relations in the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the PC (U.S.A.). Through his work Lee hopes to capture and share a more expansive view of theological education, of church leadership and of vocational discernment as he sees through the eyes of some exciting Presbyterians in and related to seminaries.
Craig Barnes, pastor, preacher, prolific writer and PC(USA) seminary board member and professor has accepted the call to serve as the seventh president of Princeton Theological Seminary beginning January 2013. In his search for home, it is clear to me that he has found one where he will be welcomed with open arms, great feasts and celebrations, and a bright future for the school, the church, and his ministry as a leader.
In his 2003 book, Searching for Home, he begins with a story about the death of his long lost father in Florida. Dr. Barnes regularly finds ways to quickly engage people of faith with theology grounded in Scripture and the traditions in real life situations. A few months ago I spoke with him by phone to thank him and Shadyside Presbyterian Church, where he has served for almost a decade, for their steadfast and generous support of our PC(USA) Seminaries through the Theological Education Fund. He spoke of the deep roots that both he and the congregation have in theological education. His metaphor made me think how deep roots find the water even during the dry spells. Deep roots give stability and security to a tree and the ecosystem it helps support while helping to provide clean air.
The more I learned about him and Shadyside, the less I was suprised by their thriving in ministry together and their committment to theological education. So I am not so much suprised by the wisdom discernment of the board of Princeton Seminary in selecting and inviting Craig, nor am I that he accepted this great challenge to lead them into their third century of theological education in the U.S. What I am, is grateful. So, thank you PTS and thank you, Craig!
He has been shaped by service as a pastors kid, a pastor, a professor at Pittsburgh Seminary and a board member at Princeton Seminary. He's edited and written extensively, preached and spoken broadly, and now he brings all those gifts home to Princeton. Thanks be to God.
Look for the next resource available from Craig Barnes offered by my friends in Congregational Ministries soon on Body and Soul book study guide. Here's a taste of what that is about and wise words on loving God in this video clip with editor Mark Hinds.
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