Educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God's changing world.

New Arrivals in Lifelong Learning

by Michael Thompson and Lifelong Learning Staff

Israel Galindo, incoming Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning

At its spring meeting, Columbia Theological Seminary’s Board of Trustees approved Dr. Israel Galindo as the new associate dean for Lifelong Learning. Galindo, currently the dean of faculty and a professor at Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, is expected to join the staff in August 2013.

Columbia president Steve Hayner stated, “Dr. Galindo is a vital addition to our team because Lifelong Learning is becoming even more central to our work of taking the resources of the seminary to churches and to adult learners everywhere. This is a strategic part of fulfilling our desire for ‘educating imaginative and resilient leaders for God's changing world.’”

Dr. Galindo has received multiple degrees culminating in a Doctor of Education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has an extensive history of experience with both lifelong learning and seminary administration.

Dr. Galindo has written numerous books, as well as articles for magazines, journals and blogs. His book The Hidden Lives of Congregations (Alban Institute, 2004) was named one of the “Ten Best Books of 2005” by the Academy of Parish Clergy. He is also a beloved professor and speaker.

While at Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Dr. Galindo was instrumental in developing the seminary’s distance education program on innovative uses of technology for theological education funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. He also contributes to a blog for deans of theological schools and will lead a colloquy for that group in 2013.

We look forward to introducing Dr. Galindo more fully in a fall issue of Journeying Together.

Rachel Elizabeth Rich, daughter of Deedra and Matt

The newest lifelong learner, Rachel Elizabeth Rich, made her grand entrance on Monday, December 10, 2012. Her arrival was an early Christmas present – and tax deduction – for her parents, who had not anticipated her arrival until early January. Deedra, associate director of lifelong learning and spirituality, and Matt, staff associate in admissions, are adjusting well to the adventures of parenthood.