New Major Gifts Officer for Columbia Theological Seminary

New Major Gifts Officer for Columbia Theological Seminary

October 16, 2017—Columbia Theological Seminary announced today the appointment of a new Director of Major Gifts. Charles A. Wiley III currently serves as the Associate Director for Theology, Worship, and Education Ministries for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Wiley is the latest in a series of appointments for the seminary’s Office of Institutional Advancement.

“We have spent much of this year building our team for our fundraising and communications efforts, and Charles is a great addition to the team,” said Steven Miller, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “His relationships with people both inside and outside the PC(USA) will be important to the essential work we are doing here.”

“Having Charles Wiley join us is timely,” Dr. Leanne Van Dyk stated, President of the Seminary. “We are engaging some new strategic initiatives at all levels of the seminary. New funding will be critical to our success in every area.”

Wiley has provided leadership for a wide range of special projects for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) from theological advisor for a new children’s curriculum called Growing in Grace and Gratitude to staffing the Special Committee on the Confession of Belhar. He holds degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary (Ph.D.), Duke Divinity School (M.Div.), and Davidson College (B.A.).

“For years I have been recommending Columbia Seminary to prospective students,” said Wiley, “because I believe it does an extraordinary job of combining academic excellence, spiritual depth, and a robust commitment to the church. I cannot express how pleased I am to be joining the faculty, administration, students, and supporters in furthering the seminary’s mission.”

Wiley’s most recent books include New Worshiping Communities: A Theological Conversation co-authored with Vera White (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2018) and Essays on New Worshiping Communities Movement co-edited with Vera White (Louisville: Witherspoon Press, 2018).

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