The General Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Emily Wachner to the faculty as a full-time Lecturer in Pastoral Theology. Wachner will also continue as the Director of Integrative Programs, a role she has held for the past year. In this capacity, Wachner has expanded and strengthened the Wisdom Year program, placing twelve students in Wisdom Year sites for the 2016-2017 academic year. Wachner has assumed the teaching duties of the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, who has taken the position of Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation. In the fall of 2016, Wachner will teach or co-teach four courses, including the expanded integrated seminar sequence, in addition to the Liturgics Practicum, which she will co-teach with Prof. Kevin Moroney. Wachner came to General Seminary after spending four years on staff at Trinity Church Wall Street, where she planted a new congregation intended primarily for families with young children at St. Paul's Chapel, after leading in a long-term, cross-departmental strategic planning process. This congregation, launched in September of 2014, quickly grew to a booming group of nearly 200 worshippers, revitalizing a space which previously had welcomed an average of 40 worshippers per Sunday. While on staff at Trinity, Wachner completed three years of adaptive leadership study through the Clergy Leadership Project. She will bring this, and her seven years of congregational experience, to bear in the classroom and in contextual sites throughout in the New York City area.
The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Dr. Kevin John Moroney has been appointed as Associate Professor in the Rev. Dr. H. Boone Porter Liturgics Chair. With the conclusion of this search, a full-time, residential Professor of Liturgics returns to the General faculty. Also, General Seminary welcomes home a loyal son, a member of the Class of 1992. Moroney has been teaching as an Affiliate Faculty in Liturgics at General since last fall. During that time, he taught the foundational liturgy class, as well as "Presiding at the Eucharist" and a liturgical practicum in the chapel. He has been particularly enthusiastic about the potential for the practicum to empower students to lead worship in our broad Anglican tradition. Also, over the last school year, Moroney has participated as a member of the GTS community, taking part in chapel and sharing meals in the refectory; and now, he and his family will move to the Close to become fully present in the community.
"I am so pleased Professor Moroney will continue his ministry of teaching here next year. He now has a home here that enables him to include scholarship, student advising, and mentoring; with a full-time presence in our community. His leadership this past year has been tremendously felt in the chapel and I look forward to how that will continue to evolve over the next several years," said the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, Dean and President. Dean Dunkle is also appointing Moroney as Director of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd.
Moroney received his M.Div. from General Seminary in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Liturgy from Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin, Ireland, in 2008. His doctoral dissertation was an assessment of the full revision of the Irish Prayer Book happening at that time. Moroney currently serves as Associate Rector at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, having moved there recently after concluding a long-time position as Rector of Christ Church Ithan, in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Moroney also served as Visiting Professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and he continues to serve as Affiliated Professor of Liturgics at Nashotah House Seminary. He taught Liturgics at The Church of Ireland Theological College in Dublin from 2000-2005 and is the author of many published papers on liturgics and related fields.
"General Seminary was my mother in ministry. I came here with a deep faith and a sense of call. General stretched me in the ways I needed to be stretched, and deepened and enriched me in areas that mean the world to me,” Moroney says of his time as a student at General. "I am honored and excited to join the long line of scholars who have made liturgical formation one of the hallmarks to life and learning at General Seminary. Serving as an Affiliate Professor this past year has given me a wonderful chance to reconnect with the Seminary, while establishing new relationships with students, faculty, and staff. I look forward to deepening those ties as I join the faculty of General full-time, beginning this summer."
An interview with Moroney from Fall 2016 can be found here.
The General Theological Seminary announces the appointment of Michael W. DeLashmutt, Ph.D., to the position of Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs. The position incorporates the traditional duties of Academic Dean with an expanded emphasis on strengthening the current M.Div, M.A., S.T.M., and certificate programs, while developing and coordinating new lay-oriented, non-residential, vocationally focused degrees and certificates. About the appointment, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, Dean and President, says, "Michael DeLashmutt represents the ideal combination of experience in academic affairs, theological study, and new degree program development. His presence here moves us forward substantially in creating new programs and degrees that will best serve the church and the wider world. I am excited and proud to have him as a partner in this wonderful time for General Seminary. He will be a spectacular Academic Dean.”
DeLashmutt has extensive experience in academic affairs administration, as well as considerable experience teaching Theology. He comes to General from Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, Washington, where he was Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, after being the Associate Dean of First Theological Degree Programs at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota. DeLashmutt was previously Director of Studies and Deputy Principal at Sarum College, Salisbury and Lecturer in the Study of the Christian Church in the Department of Theology at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.
DeLashmutt has earned a B.A. in Biblical Literature and Theology from Northwest University, an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow, for which his thesis was entitled, “Theological Confession in a Technological Age: Sketches Towards a Theology of Technology.” He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice from the University of Exeter and is a Fellow in the Higher Education Academy, also in the United Kingdom.
“I am overjoyed to be asked to join the faculty and administration at The General Theological Seminary,” say DeLashmutt. “It’s hard to imagine a more exciting time to serve and lead at this institution. I look forward to working with Dean Dunkle and the faculty to strengthen the Seminary’s already excellent programs and to develop new pathways that will provide increased access to education and formation for God’s people in today’s world.”