Washington, D.C. - Wesley Theological Seminary's board of governors and president are pleased to announce the selection of the Rev. Dr. Robert Martin as dean of the seminary.
Martin brings a deep understanding of theological education, spiritual formation and church leadership to his new position. He is an ordained elder in the Missouri Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He has held the position of the Lovett H. Weems, Jr. associate professor of church leadership and practical theology at Saint Paul School of Theology since 2000. In this position, he taught classes in Missouri, Liberia, DR Congo and South Korea. He served as an assistant professor of religious education at Yale Divinity School from 1994-2000. He holds three advanced degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Harvard University Divinity School.
Building upon his work in academia, Martin has spent many years working with churches to help them grow. His experience in the church mirrors the diversity he will find in Wesley's student body, staff and faculty. He has served as a consultant for Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Presbyterian, African Methodist Episcopal Zion, and United Methodist churches.
Martin is looking forward to being a part of Wesley's exciting work. "The seminary has an excellent faculty and an abiding commitment to professional education for ministry," he says. "Additionally, Wesley's initiatives into global education, urban ministry, lay education, the Lewis Center, and arts and religion are models of mission-driven innovation. It is ahead of the curve in successfully adapting theological education to widespread and dramatic changes in church and society."
"The dean plays a pivotal leadership role in a seminary," says Wesley's president, the Rev. Dr. David McAllister-Wilson. "Wesley has a long history of faithful, church-focused, scholarly deans. We continue this tradition with the selection of the Rev. Dr. Robert Martin. I anticipate his leadership will be central to our growth in the coming years."
"Administration is a ministry of lifting others up: of providing the means, patterns and processes by which people realize both personal aspirations and common purpose," Martin states. "Foundational to my new responsibilities is the vocational calling to authentically live out the theological and spiritual principles the school espouses. I hope and pray to be a servant leader who reflects back to the community its highest aspirations."
Martin will begin his service as dean in July. The Wesley community will welcome him at a service of installation on Tuesday, September 10 on the main campus, followed immediately by a reception in his honor.
Seated in the nation's capital, centered in Christian faith, Wesley Theological Seminary prepares more than 1,000 students annually, representing more than 30 denominations, to become exemplary teachers, preachers and leaders in the world today. The mission of Wesley Theological Seminary is to equip Christians for leadership in the church and the world, to advance theological scholarship, and to model a prophetic voice in the public square. Our graduates are in ministry in all 50 states and in 20 countries as leaders of churches and other service organizations. For more information, visit WesleySeminary.edu.