Columbia Theological Seminary Announces New President
Welcome to Columbia’s Eleventh President: Rev. Dr. Victor Aloyo
” I am drawn to Columbia Theological Seminary because I believe with its long and rich history, it is positioned to serve a vital purpose of leading the theological academy by preparing people for innovative, creative, and substantive leadership. My call to ministry embraces important principles of adaptive leadership, innovation in strategic planning, trust-building, equitable distribution of resources, and access to education. With the collaboration of trustees, students, faculty, administrators, alumni, community organizers, faith leaders, and donors, I intend to serve to equip the saints for ministry. The vision statement recently approved excites me and it speaks to my passion for continuing to explore and model how God intersects our common call at all levels of the teaching-learning-serving paradigm.”
About Dr. Aloyo
Victor Aloyo is the son of the late Esperanza Aloyo and Victorino Aloyo from Vieques, Puerto Rico. He has been married to Suzette Aloyo for over thirty-five years and they are blessed with two daughters, Kayla Cristen, an aerospace engineer working in Huntsville, AL, and Alyssa Nicole, a Program Manager with the Steve Fund.
Victor is currently the associate dean of institutional diversity and community engagement at Princeton Theological Seminary and organizing/lead Pastor of La Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras. Victor received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Sociology from the College of New Rochelle, a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania focusing his dissertation on navigating diversity and inclusion within a framework of social justice.
Thoughts From the Search Committee & The Board of Trustees
“Victor Aloyo brings a passion for God’s work in the church and the world that resonates with Columbia’s deep commitment to preparing leaders. His experience in congregational ministry equips him to understand the hopes and challenges for local pastors, and his experience at Princeton Seminary prepares him for leadership in theological education. I believe Victor Aloyo will lead Columbia to embody God’s vision for our future. Victor conveys an excitement that embodies hope for the role Columbia will have in the church, in the community, and in the world.”- the Rev. Dr. Millie Snyder, search committee chair, Executive Pastor Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC and Columbia Board of Trustees member
“Dr. Aloyo’s pastoral presence and his experience with DEI and leading multicultural communities of faith will help Columbia realize its vision of becoming a community of belonging. He has the skills and experience necessary to guide Columbia toward its third century.” – the Rev. Dr. Jane Fahey, Chair of Columbia’s Board of Trustees
“Dr. Aloyo brings a great deal of passion for theological education and commitment to the life of the Church. I am excited about the start of this new chapter at Columbia Theological Seminary.” – Dr. Raj Nadella, Samuel A. Cartledge Associate Professor of New Testament, faculty member on the search committee
“Rev. Dr. Aloyo is a person you can rely on in leading us into an exciting new normal in theological education. As a decorated professional, a pastoral leader, and scholar of theology and higher education, his leadership will be transformative for the seminary” -Khalfani Lawson, Associate Director of Student Life & International Student Services, staff member on the search committee
“Rev. Victor Aloyo’s love for the church and for Christ’s ministry in the world are palpable. He brings a beautiful blend of heart for congregational ministry and openness to what the church is becoming that will aid in shaping CTS’s vision and student’s preparation for the multiplicity of ministry contexts the Spirit is calling us to.” -the Rev. Katie Owen Aumann, alumni on the search committee
“The students enjoyed meeting Victor Aloyo and so did I. His charisma, passion, and commitment to both theological education and the church give me hope for the future of Columbia!” – Erin Tolar, current student on the search committee.
President Van Dyk Announces Retirement
President Leanne Van Dyk will retire from Columbia Theological Seminary on July 31, 2022. Please join us in celebrating her accomplishments in her seven years serving as our President.