May 24, 2017—During the Spring meetings for the Board of Trustees of Columbia Theological Seminary recommendations were approved to appoint Dr. Kathy Dawson and Dr. Martha Moore-Keish to occupy faculty chairs. Dr. Kathy Dawson is now the Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education, previously held by Dr. Rodger Nishioka. Dr. Martha Moore-Keish is now the J.B. Green Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, previously held by Dr. George Stroup.
“Faculty are appointed to these chairs as an acknowledgement of the outstanding contributions made to their field of research and to the seminary,” said Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, President and Professor of Theology at Columbia Seminary. “Professors Dawson and Moore-Keish have consistently distinguished themselves as denominational leaders and effective mentors to the students we serve.”
About Dr. Kathy Dawson:
Dr. Kathy Dawson was chosen as the 2015 Educator of the Year by the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators. At the time, she used her acceptance speech to unveil a new web-based, multi-platform Christian Education resource Hope4ce.net as a place where innovative ideas and lesson plans could be shared for Christian education. Her current interest is researching how parents and the church can have faithful conversations around fantasy literature for children and youth.
In addition to serving as professor of Christian Education, Dr. Dawson is also the Director of the Master of Arts in Practical Theology (M.A.P.T.) program for professional and volunteer ministry. The program has areas of concentration in Christian Education, Christian Leadership, Pastoral Care/Pastoral Theology, and Worship.
Dr. Dawson holds degrees from California State University (B.A.), Presbyterian School of Christian Education (M.A.), Columbia Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Princeton Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has created a number of denominational resources including Confessing Faith: A Guide to Confirmation for Presbyterians, 2006.
About Dr. Martha Moore-Keish:
Dr. Martha Moore-Keish is also ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) She has served on ecumenical dialogue teams between Reformed churches and the Catholic Church in the United States and internationally, and has also studied with Jewish scholars in Israel and the U.S. Her research interests include Reformed theology, liturgical theology, particularly the theology and practice of the sacraments, feminist theology, and interreligious dialogue. She recently co-led a continuing education class through a tour of India with her colleague, Dr. Raj Nadella.
In addition to serving as professor of Theology, Dr. Moore-Keish is also the Director of the Master of Theology program designed for persons already holding an M.Div. degree or its equivalent. The program serves those who wish to deepen their mastery in one area or discipline of theological study through reflection, research, and writing for the service of the Church.
Dr. Moore-Keish holds degrees from Harvard College (A.B.), Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) (M.Div.), and Emory University (Ph.D.) She is currently co-editing a book on Karl Barth and Comparative Theology (with Christian Collins Winn, Fordham University Press). She is also working on a commentary on James in the series Belief: Theological Commentary on the Bible (Westminster John Knox Press).
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