Bethany Theological Seminary is welcoming Dr. Richard Rose (pictured) as a member of its Board of Trustees. He will serve a five-year term as an at-large member.
Current Trustee John Flora has agreed to serve a second five-year term as an at-large member. In addition, Chris Bowman has agreed to extend his service by another year, pending election at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference next year.
Under normal circumstances, these board members would have been elected or affirmed by the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference last July. That gathering was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, so the plan now is for their trustee status to be affirmed or elected retroactively during next year’s annual conference.
Dr. Richard Rose serves as Department Chair and Program Director for the Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies at University of Laverne. His current research examines global issues related to Interfaith dialogue and Religious Pluralism. He is the author of An Interreligious Approach to a Social Ethic for Christian Audiences (2017) and 7 Meditations on the Lord’s Prayer (2016), both published by Christian World Imprints, New Delhi, India. Rose will serve as an at-large trustee.
“We are extremely fortunate that all of these individuals have agreed to serve on our Board of Trustees,” said President Jeff Carter. “These trustees will bring diverse perspectives and considerable wisdom to our discussions. We are grateful for their willingness to serve Bethany at this time.”
The Board of Trustees will hold their first meeting of the academic year September 25-27, 2020 via Zoom.