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Columbia Theological Seminary has appointed Rev. Dr. Natasha Patterson as the new Associate Dean for Student Formation, effective March 6, 2023.
Dr. Patterson most recently served as staff chaplain at Emory University Midtown Hospital in Atlanta where she offered spiritual health care and emotional support to patients, residents and their families. She also has an extensive background in education, particularly at Atlanta’s Interdenominational Theological Seminary where she worked with students and young people in administration, as a facilitator, and as an adjunct professor. Dr. Patterson has also been an associate pastor at Rize Community Church, along with serving as a youth leader and youth pastor in other churches.
“I am beyond excited to join Columbia Theological Seminary as the Associate Dean of Student Formation,” said Dr. Patterson. “I am eager to work alongside such a dynamic staff to carry out the institution’s mission and vision. Having traversed through theological education myself, I know both the joys and challenges one might experience as a seminarian. It is my hope that students will find my office to be a sacred space where they can find respite, encouragement, or solace.
“There is no doubt in my mind that there will be many opportunities to co-create and foster an environment conducive to growth and development for all. As such, I look forward to engaging with students and walking alongside them in the process of discernment and self-discovery as they journey towards commencement.
“God has called and equipped an amazing person of faith to this role as Associate Dean for Student Formation,” added Rev. Dr. Kathryn Threadgill, Vice President and Dean of Student Formation and Campus Culture. “We are so grateful for the collaborative search process that has led us to call Dr. Natasha Patterson to this Columbia Theological Seminary community. Dr. Patterson brings a great spirit and amazing gifts to the Student Formation and Campus Culture team.
Dr. Patterson earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, a Master of Divinity from the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary at Interdenominational Theological Seminary (ITC), and a Doctor of Ministry at ITC.
“Throughout her vocational development, Rev. Dr. Patterson embodies an inquisitive mind of depth and an experiential fortitude that characterizes a passion for student formation and leadership development,” said Rev. Dr. Victor Aloyo, president of Columbia Theological Seminary. “As a graduate of Johnson C. Smith and the Interdenominational Theological Center, Natasha clearly sees the promise of Columbia Seminary, particularly our commitment to innovative theological education fueled by the power of critical thinking and praxis. She is committed to using her voice to lift social justice issues and reach those in the margins. Whether in sermons or poems, Rev. Dr. Patterson seeks to use her words to liberate, comfort, and challenge the communities she serves.”