New Professor

General Seminary Appoints the Rev. Dr. Kevin J. Moroney as Associate Professor of Liturgics


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.

General Seminary Names the Rev. Todd Brewer, Ph.D., as Assistant Professor of New Testament


The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Dr. Todd H. W. Brewer has been named Assistant Professor of New Testament beginning fall 2015. Brewer already has ties with General Seminary, having taught an introductory New Testament course for diaconal candidates this past spring. Most recently, Brewer served as Associate Rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Morristown, New Jersey. He holds an M.Div. from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Durham University, Durham, England. He received his Ph.D. in New Testament also from Durham University. In addition to teaching New Testament at General, Brewer was a lecturer at Lindisfarne Regional Partnership, a seminary in the Church of England. He has presented several conference papers, including one in the Historical Jesus section of the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (November 2014) and is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the British New Testament Society.

In the fall, Brewer will teach the foundational course, "Introduction to the New Testament," an elective course titled "Paul: The Radical Jew," and "Introductory Biblical Greek." He will also offer a reading course in Advanced Coptic.

General Seminary Appoints the Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., as Professor of Church and Society and Director of The Desmond Tutu Center


The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., has been appointed as the Herbert Thompson Professor of Church and Society. He will also assume the position of Director of The Desmond Tutu Center. As its new Director, Battle holds a unique connection to The Desmond Tutu Center, having lived in residence with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa for two years (1993-1994) and being ordained a priest in South Africa by Archbishop Tutu in 1993. He also presented the 2008 Paddock Lectures in the Tutu Center at General Seminary on Ubuntu, an African concept central to Archbishop Tutu’s world-view. Most recently, Battle served as Interim Dean of Students and Community Life at the Episcopal Divinity School. He has served as Vicar or Rector at: St. Titus Episcopal Church, Durham, North Carolina; Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel, California; and St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, Raleigh, North Carolina. He also served as the interim rector or as an associate priest with other churches in North Carolina and in Cape Town, South Africa. Among his placements, he worked at churches located in ethnically changing neighborhoods to help them adapt and grow. Battle has also served as Provost and Canon Theologian for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. In 2010, he was installed as “Six Preacher” by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.This is one of the highest Anglican Church distinctions, going back to 16th century England and Thomas Cranmer, and is only given to a few who demonstrate great insight into the Church.

Battle received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, and holds an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and an S.T.M. from Yale University. He received his Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics also from Duke University. His academic experience includes service as: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Vice President and Associate Professor of Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary; Associate Professor of Spirituality and Black Church Studies at Duke University’s Divinity School; and Assistant Professor of Spiritual and Moral Theology at the School of Theology at the University of the South. He has published nine books, including Reconciliation: the Ubuntu Theology of Desmond Tutu and a book for The Episcopal Church’s 2009 General Convention, Ubuntu: I in You and You in Me.

As part of his many roles in the Church, Battle has served as chaplain to: Archbishop Tutu, Congressman John Lewis, the House of Bishops, and, in 2008, he was chaplain to the Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops. He is a featured keynote speaker and has led numerous clergy and lay retreats, including the bishops’ retreat of the Province of the West Indies. In addition, Battle has served as vice president of the Institute for Nonviolence.

Battle has kept close ties with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and has written about his studies and friendship with the archbishop in his books.Battle and his wife, Raquel, were married by Archbishop Tutu; and their two daughters, Sage and Bliss, and son, Zion, were all baptized by him as well.

The Rev. Dr. Robert J. Owens, Professor of Old Testament, says Battle "will bring to General Seminary an impressive combination of theological scholarship, pastoral ministry, international and cross-cultural service in the Anglican communion, as well as his striking success as a teacher in some of the Episcopal Church’s leading seminaries. I think our students will be greatly blessed as they encounter his theological mind, his pastor’s heart, and his hopefulness for the church as a community of justice."

Battle will begin his new position at General Seminary in fall 2015 and will teach Ethics and will lead the Graduate Anglican Seminar, as well as intensive courses that will be offered, for credit or audit, through The Desmond Tutu Center.

The Rev. Kevin Moroney, Ph.D., to Join GTS as Affiliate Faculty in Liturgics


The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Dr. Kevin John Moroney '92 will be teaching Liturgics as an Affiliate Faculty member beginning fall 2015. Moroney has close ties to General and comes highly recommended from faculty and community members. Moroney is a graduate of General Seminary (M.Div. '92) and received his Ph.D. in Liturgy from Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin, Ireland, in 2008. He is currently the Rector of Christ Church Ithan, in Villanova, Pennsylvania, and serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He taught Liturgics at The Church of Ireland Theological College in Dublin from 2000-2005 and is the author of many published papers on the topic.

With the departure of Prof. Patrick Malloy to assume his new position at St. John's Cathedral, Denver, General Seminary begins its search for a new full-time Professor of Liturgics. During this time, Moroney will teach the foundational liturgy class, as well as a liturgical practicum in the chapel. He is particularly enthusiastic about the potential for the practicum to empower students to lead worship in our broad Anglican tradition. Moroney will become a full member of the GTS community, participating in chapel and sharing meals in the refectory.