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Columbia Theological Seminary announces faculty promotions and appointments and appointments


Decatur, GA. The Board of Trustees of Columbia Theological Seminary has approved the following faculty promotions and appointments effective July 1, 2012. 
William P. Brown, professor of Old Testament, has been named the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, an endowed position held previously by Kathleen M. O'Connor and Walter Brueggemann.
 Christine Roy Yoder, associate professor of Old Testament language, literature, and exegesis, has been promoted to the rank of professor.
 Jeffery L. Tribble Sr., assistant professor ministry, has been promoted to the rank of associate professor, with tenure.
 Brennan W. Breed, an adjunct faculty member, has been named assistant professor of Old Testament.
Raj Nadella, a visiting instructor at McCormick Theological Seminary, in Chicago, has been named assistant professor of New Testament.
 David L. Bartlett, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, has been awarded the additional title of emeritus, effective with his retirement on July 1.
Sara J. Myers, director of the John Bulow Campbell Library and professor of theological bibliography, has been awarded the additional title of emerita, effective with her retirement on July 1.
Dr. Brown came to the Columbia faculty in 2004, after serving as the Aubrey L. Brooks Professor of Old Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary (formerly Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education), in Richmond, VA. An ordained minister in the PC(USA), he holds a Ph.D. degree from Emory University, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Whitman College.  He also attended the University of Tübingen for two years prior to his doctoral work. He is the author of nine books, most recently The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder (Oxford University Press, 2010) and Psalms (Interpreting Biblical Texts. Abingdon, 2010). He is the editor of five books including most recently Engaging Biblical Authority: Perspectives on the Bible as Scripture (2007).  He has also published scores of articles and essays  in various theological dictionaries, volumes, and journals including the Journal of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Journal for Preachers, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, and Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, which he also served as co-editor for six years. Dr. Brown is the recipient of numerous grants, including a full-year Henry Luce III Fellowship for 2007-2008. He lectures and teaches internationally and nationally, and he frequently teaches adult Sunday School classes at North Decatur Presbyterian Church. He is a founding and steering committee member of Earth Covenant Ministry, a grass-roots organization of Presbyterian churchs in the Atlanta area committed to creation care, and he coached track and cross-country at Arbor Montessori School from 2006-2009.
Dr. Yoder was appointed to Columbia’s faculty in 1998. She received her B.A. from Swarthmore College and her M. Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in the PC(USA), she is the author of Proverbs in the Abingdon Old Testament Commentary Series (Abingdon, 2009) and Wisdom as a Woman of Substance: A Socioeconomic Reading of Proverbs 1-9 and 31:10-31 (Walter de Gruyter, 2001). In 2010, she received a one-year fellowship from the Christian Leadership Initiative to study Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations. The fellowship entailed two periods of study in Israel and monthly distance-learning events.
Dr. Tribble joined the Columbia faculty in 2007 as assistant professor of ministry. He had previously been a member of the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Howard University and worked as an engineer in the natural gas industry. He completed the M.Div. at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and the Ph.D. in religious and theological studies at Northwestern University, in cooperation with Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  An ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (A.M.E. Zion) Church and presently serves as presiding elder of the Augusta District, Georgia Annual Conference. He is the author of Transformative Pastoral Leadership in the Black Church in the Black Religion, Womanist Thought, and Social Justice Series (Palgrave-Macmillan Press, 2005), and he is the author of numerous congregational resources for the A.M.E. Zion Church.
Dr. Breed will receive his Ph.D. this May from Emory University, where he received a George W. Woodruff Fellowship and a Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. He received his B.A. from The University of Virginia, and his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of “Job” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible as well as articles on “Adah,” "Amaltheia,” Amram,” “Belt,” and “Behemoth” in The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Walter de Gruyter, 2009). In addition to his teaching experience, he has served as a youth minister for Episcopal parishes in Virginia Beach, VA, and Princeton, NJ. 
Dr. Nadella was born in India and in 2010 earned his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. His received the Master of Arts in biblical languages from Graduate Theological Union, in California, and the Bachelor of Theology from Serampore College and the Master of Divinity from United Theological College, both in India. He is the author of Dialogue Not Dogma: Many Voices in the Gospel of Luke (Continuum/T&T Clark, 2011), and is currently working on a book-length analysis of selected parables of Jesus from a postcolonial perspective. His book on Luke was reviewed by a panel of scholars at the 2011 Annual AAR-SBL Conference in San Francisco. He has also published several articles that offer postcolonial and contextual readings of New Testament texts, and he has given numerous lectures on Christianity in India and related issues.
Dr. Bartlett joined the faculty in 2005 as Distinguished Professor of New Testament. He served previously as Dean of the Divinity School at Yale University, where he is Lantz Professor of Preaching Emeritus.   He is an ordained American Baptist minister and has served parishes in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Oakland.  His most recent book is The Fourfold Gospel (SPCK, 2006; Fortress, 2006) for which he wrote the section on Matthew. His Lyman Beecher Lectures were published under the title What’s Good About This News? (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2003). He also wrote the study of I Peter for The New Interpreter’s Bible. He is co-general editor, with Barbara Brown Taylor, of a twelve-volume series, Feasting on the Word (Wesminster John Knox).  The first volume was published in spring of 2008.
Dr. Myers joined the faculty in 2007 as director of the John Bulow Campbell Library and professor of theological bibliography. She had been director of the Burke Library and professor of theological bibliography at Union Theological Seminary of Columbia University. She received the B.A. from the University of Florida, the M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Ph.D. from Emory University. She is the past president of the American Theological Library Association.
Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The seminary offers seven graduate degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Educational Ministry, and Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Currently 421 students are enrolled, representing 30 denominations, 34 states, and 10 countries. More information:

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