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Interim Dean of Students Appointed


Columbia Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Joan Standridge Gray as Interim Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students. She will officially begin on Monday, September 16. On Wednesday, September 18 at 10am, there will be a special forum to meet with Joan Gray. Please take time to read the brief introduction below, pray for her as she begins this chapter of ministry, and welcome her warmly when you have the opportunity to meet her personally.

Joan Gray grew up in South Carolina. She received a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, then graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary with her Masters of Divinity. In 1994 Joan received a Masters of Sacred Theology in Spiritual Direction from General Theological Seminary (Episcopal), New York City. She earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, in 2009. The topic of her DMin research was helping congregations heal after conflict.  

In 1978, Joan was the first woman ordained to pastor a church in Atlanta Presbytery, PCUS. Since then she has worked with ten churches in the Atlanta area. Her ministries have included solo pastor, associate pastor, lead pastor/head of staff, parish associate, and interim pastor. Joan served as Moderator of the 217th General Assembly (2006-2008) of the PCUSA.  

Her publications include Presbyterian Polity for Church Officers (fourth edition, 2012), co-authored with the Rev. Joyce C. Tucker in 1986, and Spiritual Leadership for Church Officers, released 2009. Sailboat Church: Helping Your Church Rethink Its Mission and Purpose, is scheduled for publication in Spring, 2014.   Joan is married to Bill Gray, a ruling elder in the PC(USA) and an attorney in the firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, and Stewart. The Grays live in Atlanta, GA. 

Michael Thompson
Director of Communications

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