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Dent Davis Named Dean And Vice President Of Lifelong Learning


Decatur, GA. – Dent Davis has been named Dean and Vice President Of Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary. In this new position, Davis will lead the integration of Columbia’s Lifelong Learning programs, which include Continuing Education, the Spirituality Program, the Center for New Church Development, and the Lay Institute of Faith and Life. Davis has served as Columbia’s Director of Continuing Education since 2002. 

An ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), he served more than 25 years in churches in Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina. He as also served as director of the Institute for Work and Learning and was the founding executive director of the Association of Community Partnerships, both organizations based in Knoxville, Tennessee. As a consultant to churches, academic institutions, and social service agencies, he has been an innovative leader in adult education, in research-based strategic planning, in designing and developing programs, and in facilitating organizational change. 

Davis is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He received the Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, the Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Education degree from the University of Tennessee. Speaking of his appointment, President Laura Mendenhall says, “I have a great sense of excitement about the possibilities that are ahead for Columbia’s Lifelong Learning programs under Dent’s leadership. Dent’s particular gifts and vision will enhance the unique gifts of each program as we strengthen our offering to the church, to pastors, and lay leaders.” 

Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was founded in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Michael Thompson
Director of Communications

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