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Board Approves Promotion of Steve Hayner to Rank of Professor


Decatur, GA— Steve Hayner, formerly the Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth, has been promoted to the rank of professor at Columbia Theological Seminary. Hayner is also director of the seminary’s international program, joining the faculty in 2005 with a long history of experience in ministry to the church and to students. Hayner has been ordained for 36 years as a pastor in the PC(USA). He served for 11 years at University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, and later as vice president for student life at Seattle Pacific University. In 1988, he was called as president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a non-denominational discipleship ministry to students on approximately 550 campuses across the country. He led InterVarsity for 13 years before leaving to reengage parish ministry. From 2001-2003 he served as associate pastor in two ethnically and theologically diverse congregations in Madison, Wisconsin. He is currently involved in the planting of new churches, and serves on a number of national and international boards, including World Vision, International Justice Mission, and Christian International Scholarship Foundation. He has been actively involved since 1989 with the Evangelical Environmental Network and most recently with the Evangelical Climate Initiative. A graduate of Whitman College, Hayner earned the M.T.S. in Semitic languages and literature from Harvard University and the Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He completed his Ph.D. in Old Testament from University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He and his wife, Sharol, have three children and one grandchild. Sharol Hayner is associate pastor for discipleship at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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