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Bexley Hall names new dean: The Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson

Bexley Hall names new dean: The Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson has been selected as Bexley Hall Seminary’s new dean:

Ecumenical Leader Chosen as Bexley Hall’s New Dean

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson will begin work in July

From Bexley Hall Seminary’s website

COLUMBUS, OHIO, May 4, 2011—The Board of Trustees of Bexley Hall Seminary today announced the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson as the seminary’s dean.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tom Ferguson to our seminary,” said Bishop Catherine Waynick of Indianapolis, a member of Bexley’s board who chaired the search committee that selected Ferguson. “His background in theological education and extensive ecumenical work make him the ideal person to continue our robust MDiv program, strengthen our ecumenical partnerships and lead our growing commitment to lifelong learning for clergy and laity.”

Ferguson will succeed the Rev. William Doubleday, who was appointed Bexley’s interim dean in 2009 and has served as Bexley Hall’s associate dean and professor of pastoral theology since 2006.

Upon his appointment, Ferguson said, “I am honored to serve as the next dean of Bexley Hall. This is an exciting time in the life of Bexley, as the seminary lives into its partnership with Trinity Lutheran Seminary back in its historic roots in Ohio, reclaiming its place on the frontier with its emphasis on ecumenical partnerships and innovative formation for ministry grounded in community.”

Ferguson currently serves as ecumenical and interreligious relations officer for the Episcopal Church working to foster ecumenical and interreligious dialogue and cooperation with other Christian communions and world religions. He also serves as a part-time chaplain at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

From 2001 until 2010, Ferguson was the interim and associate deputy for ecumenical and interreligious relations for The Episcopal Church. During that time, he was the theological consultant for the bilateral theological dialogues with the United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Orthodox Church, and Roman Catholic Church.

Robert Reber, Bexley’s interim president and former dean of Auburn Seminary, said, “Dr. Ferguson brings a rich background in theological studies and engagement in ecumenical and interfaith relations that will enrich Bexley Hall’s ongoing partnerships with Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Seabury Western Seminary. He is passionate about theological education and eager to address the challenges of educating clergy and laity for leadership in the church of the 21st century.”

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