April 9, 2018—The Board of Trustees for Columbia Theological Seminary voted unanimously today to appoint Dr. Love L. Sechrest to be the school’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty, and Associate Professor of New Testament. She is currently the Associate Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Sechrest’s appointment is effective July 1, 2018.
Dr. Sechrest succeeds Dr. Christine Roy Yoder who has been serving as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty for the past two years. “Dr. Sechrest brings an exceptional combination of scholarship and management skills needed in the leadership of a world class institution,” said Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, President. “We are thankful for the strong gifts of Dr. Sechrest and look forward to welcoming her to our community this summer.”
Dr. Love Sechrest holds degrees from Duke University (B.S. Computer Science and B.A. Sociology), Villanova University (M.S. Computer Science), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div.), and Duke University (Ph.D. New Testament). After leaving Duke University, she started at Fuller Seminary as an Assistant Professor in 2006, before becoming Associate Professor in 2011. Dr. Sechrest served as Chair of the Faculty Senate at Fuller Seminary from 2014 to 2016. She also served as a Visiting Professor at Loyola Marymount University in the Summer of 2008.
Previous to her academic career, Dr. Sechrest was proficient in the computer science field with numerous management roles at General Electric Aerospace and Lockheed Martin Enterprise Information Systems, earning the President’s Award from each company in 1987 and 1994 respectively. In the latter position, she also functioned as the Chief Information Officer of Enterprise Information Systems, an $800 million company within Lockheed Martin.
Dr. Sechrest also serves on the Board for Faith & Learning, International, a Christian social entrepreneurship business incubator. She has affiliations with the Society for the Study of Black Religion, the Obsidian Society of Black Evangelicals, and the Society of Biblical Literature. Dr. Sechrest served two terms as co-chair of the African American Biblical Hermeneutics section in the Society of Biblical Literature.
Dr. Sechrest is the author of A Former Jew: Paul and the Dialectics of Race (T&T Clark, 2009). Her many contributions in articles and book chapters include reflections on New Testament studies, African American and Womanist biblical interpretation, and critical race theory and ethics. She is currently working on several new projects including a book titled Privilege: Race Relations and the New Testament (Eerdmans). Other projects include co-editing and contributing to two upcoming volumes: The Word Made Flesh: Biblical Rhetoric in the Speeches and Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr.; and Race, Theology and Mission (IVP Academic).
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