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Congratulations to Mark Richardson
16 March 2010
Dean Ward Ewing Offers Congratulations to Prof. Mark Richardson
New York City – The Very Rev. Ward B. Ewing, Dean and President of The General Theological Seminary has offered the Rev. Dr. W. Mark Richardson, Professor of Systematic Theology at GTS, his warmest congratulations on being elected President and Dean of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a seminary of the Episcopal Church in Berkeley, California. CDSP’s Board of Trustees announced the decision in a March 11 press release.
“While our immediate response is one of sadness that Mark and his wife Brenda will be leaving General Seminary, we offer him congratulations and pledge our prayers for his successful ministry,” Dean Ewing said in a message to GTS faculty and students. The Dean called Professor Richardson “a fine teacher, a brilliant scholar, and a splendid colleague.” He added that Professor Richardson will be completing the present term at GTS and that a farewell event would be announced in the near future. The CDSP release reported that he will take up his duties there on July 1, 2010.
Professor Richardson joined the GTS faculty and began teaching systematic theology at GTS in September of 1999 following a nine-year ministry at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, where he had been responsible for program, operations, and publications. At General, he continued his scholarly interests in the relationship between science, philosophy and theology, his wide-ranging expertise expanding study options for all GTS students. In addition to his annual course offerings in systematic theology and the relationship between philosophy and theology, he created and taught new courses on divine and human agency, Christology, the Trinity, Eschatology, Soteriology, and connections between theology and the theory of evolution. His far-reaching professional activities often resulted in his bringing speakers from around the globe to the GTS campus. His chairing of two weeklong Science and the Spiritual Quest conferences held at General (a project of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences) resulted in a series of lectures by internationally renowned scholars on the intersection of emerging sciences and theology.
In addition to his teaching duties at GTS, Prof. Richardson served on the seminary’s Leadership Team, a group of senior administrators charged with advising the Dean on significant matters in the life of the school.
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