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Faculty & Staff Update

Dr. Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom has been named Dean of Faculty, after serving as interim Dean since the start of the Spring 2020 semester. She is a Professor of Theology & Ethics and the Director of the School of Restorative Arts.

Ellen Kogstad retired from her position as Director of the C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction in June. We are very grateful for the years of dedicated leadership Ellen provided to the Center. Following a national search, we have called Rev. Dr. Rob Peterson to serve as the next Director.

Man in black glasses and blue print dress shirtRob assumed the Director position on July 1, bringing a strong background in pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, and administration. Rob hails from Canada and is ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church. Most recently he served as Senior Pastor of Thornapple Covenant Church in Grand Rapids, MI.  He earned his Master of Divinity from North Park Seminary and Doctor of Ministry at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  The mission of the C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction is to prepare individuals to serve in contemplative ministry. The Seminary also offers a graduate-level Certificate in Spiritual Direction. Learn more about the Center for Spiritual Direction.

Michael Walker concluded his Theology Teaching Fellowship at the Seminary in the spring. At this time, the position will not be refilled.

Bea Radakovich has stepped down as Director of Seminary Admissions and Recruitment. An ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Bea is going on to law school. We are grateful for her excellent work. Baily Warman Manwatkar, C’14 S’20, who has served as Admission Counselor, Seminary Recruitment, has been named Interim Director of Seminary Admissions and Recruitment. Mayra Ramos S’21, who is currently in the Seminary’s Master of Divinity program, will be the Seminary’s new Admission Counselor.