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Columbia Theological Seminary Names Three Professors to Faculty Chairs


Decatur, GA.— Marcia Y. Riggs, Charles L. Campbell, and Kathleen M. O’Connor, senior faculty members at Columbia Theological Seminary, in Decatur, GA, have been named to faculty chairs recognizing their distinguished scholarship and service to the seminary and to the wider church. Riggs has been named the J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics (she is the first person to hold this chair) and promoted to the rank of professor. One of the faculty’s master teachers, she is in great demand as a speaker in this country and abroad—as well as in local congregations and in the classrooms of her Columbia faculty colleagues. In particular, Riggs has gained recognition for her work in religious ethical mediation. Recently she received a grant from The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Her book Plenty Good Room: Women Versus Male Power in the Black Church was published in 2003. Riggs joined the faculty in 1991 and holds the A.B. from Randolph-Macon Women’s College, the M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and the Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Campbell has been named the Peter Marshall Professor of Homiletics and promoted to the rank of professor. He is the senior member of the preaching faculty and came to Columbia in 1991. Campbell’s recently published The Word before the Powers: An Ethic of Preaching has been recognized by his peers in North America as an important contribution to the development of preaching in the twenty-first century. Campbell is deeply committed to developing effective preachers, and he devotes hours of personal attention to students as they develop their homiletical skills. He holds the B.A. from Hendrix College, the D.Min. from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now Union-PSCE) , the S.T.M. from Yale University Divinity School, and the Ph.D. from Duke University. O'Connor, professor of Old Testament language, literature, and exegesis, has been named the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament. Her recently published book, Lamentations and the Tears of the World, received a national award from the Catholic Book Association. She has also been named a Henry Luce Fellow for 2004-2005 by the Association of Theological Schools, receiving a grant to support her study of the Book of Jeremiah. A wise and imaginative teacher, O’Connor is committed to helping students interpret biblical texts in the work of ministry. She came to Columbia in 1995 and holds the B.A. from College of New Rochelle, the M.A. from Providence College, and the Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. 

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