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Director of Lifelong Theological Education and the Doctor of Ministry

The new Bexley Hall Seabury Western Seminary Federation has announced a search for a Director of Lifelong Theological Education and the Doctor of Ministry.

The Federation brings together the rich legacies and academic strengths of two historic Episcopal seminaries—Bexley Hall (founded 1824) and Seabury-Western (founded 1833)—and is a distinctive Episcopal center for learning, formation and discipleship in the Midwest. Since their founding to serve the needs of the church on the American frontier, the two seminaries have focused on bringing the Good News from the church into the world, and on expanding theological education to make it accessible to underserved communities of faith. 

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2014 Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute

The Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School, now in its fourth year, is a three-day program tailored to meet the distinctive needs of lay and clergy leaders across the church. Join us June 16-18, 2014 for lectures, interactive exercises and dialogue with faculty at the Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

At the Leadership Institute, you'll:

  • build your skills for effective church leadership
  • gain a deeper understanding of complex cultural change
  • learn strategies to make your congregation more vital

When:  Monday, June 16-Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Where:  Wieboldt Hall, 340 East Superior St., Northwestern University’s Chicago Campus

Cost:  $1450

pdfApply online. Admission is by application only.

Questions?  Please call 800-275-8235 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Bexley Seabury Accredited

CHICAGO, September 6, 2013--On September 6, President Ferlo received news that the Bexley Seabury Theological Seminary Federation is accredited through 2015 by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada to offer the degrees of Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. 

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Charting a New Course: May 2013 Board of Directors Meeting

June 20, 2013--The new Bexley Seabury board of directors met in late May to begin charting a course for the new federation. Thirty-five members attended the meeting in Columbus at which the board approved a three-year strategic plan, a 2013-2014 operating budget, and the granting of degrees to eleven 2013 graduates.

As its first order of business, the board elected officers including the Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, bishop of West Virginia, as chair, the Rev. Alan Gates of the Diocese of Ohio as vice-chair, the Rev. Gwynne Wright of the Diocese of Chicago as secretary, and Roger Lumpp of the Diocese of Chicago as treasurer.

“The boards of Seabury Western and Bexley Hall Seminary came together with high spirits and great excitement and enthusiasm for providing formation for the church of the 21st century and beyond,” said Klusmeyer. “The Holy Spirit was present, and it was hopeful and joyous to move forward into a new call from God.”

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Bexley Seabury Inaugurates Federation, Installs Ferlo, Grants Honorary Degrees

Seminaries to Hold "Biblical Imagination" Event in Indianapolis

April 24, 2013 —The federation of Bexley Hall and Seabury Western Theological Seminary, now known as Bexley Seabury, will be inaugurated on Saturday at a Festival Eucharist in the chapel of Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. The Rt. Rev. Catherine Waynick, bishop of the Diocese of Indianapolis will preside and the Very Rev. Ian Markham, dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary, will preach.

At the service, the Rev. Dr. Roger A. Ferlo will be installed as the federation's first president and the Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce, bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Los Angeles, and the Rev. Canon Carlson Gerdau, former canon to Presiding Bishops Frank Griswold and Katharine Jefferts Schori, will be granted the doctor of divinity, honoris causa. Bruce is a 2011 alumna of Seabury's Doctor of Ministry program, and Gerdau has served on the Bexley board since 1995.

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A New Adventure: Bexley Seabury Board Begins Work

March 28, 2013--Nearly five years of work came to fruition quietly in late February when the legal federation between Bexley Hall and Seabury Western Theological Seminary became final. The new entity, which will be inaugurated on April 27 in Indianapolis, is formally called the Bexley Hall Seabury Western Theological Seminary Federation, Inc. For now it will be known simply as Bexley Seabury.

Beginning on May 15, the federation will have a single board of trustees that will include continuing members from each seminary’s board and ten new members. “Thankfully, many of the leaders who oversaw the birth of the federation have agreed to stay on, while our new members complement their skills and experience with fresh perspectives and ideas,” said Roger Ferlo, Bexley Seabury president. “I’m grateful to Alan Gates and Wendy Lane who chaired the nominating committee, the committee’s members, and the ten people who agreed to join us at this pivotal time. Bexley Seabury has just the board it needs to lead us into the future.”

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An Historic Moment for Bexley and Seabury

At a joint meeting on October 3-5, 2012, the boards of Bexley Hall and Seabury Western Theological Seminary approved the creation of a federation to unite the two seminaries into a single institution.

This was a historic moment, said the Rev. Roger Ferlo, who became president of both schools on July 1. What Bexley and Seabury have done is unprecedented in the world of theological education and will serve as a model for many other schools. I applaud the daring and courage that both boards demonstrated during this long and fruitful process.

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Roger Ferlo to Lead Federation of Seabury and Bexley

COLUMBUS, March 27, 2012--At historic meetings this month, the boards of Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Chicago and Bexley Hall in Columbus unanimously voted to federate and to elect the Rev. Roger Albert Ferlo, Ph.D., D.D., as the Federation’s first president. Ferlo, who is currently the associate dean and director of the Institute of Christian Formation and Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary, where he also serves as professor of religion and culture, will take up his duties on July 1.

"As we searched for a new president, we asked ourselves what kind of leaders the Episcopal Church of the 21st century needs,” said the Rev. Dr. Gwynne Wright, chair of the Seabury Board of Trustees and co-chair of the presidential search committee. “Roger embodies that ideal, and we are eager for him to lead the formation of our next generation of students." 

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Seabury Moves to Lutheran Center

EVANSTON, September 23, 2011—Officials at Seabury Western Theological Seminary announced today that the school will move from suburban Evanston into space at the Lutheran Center, the headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in Chicago.

"Our new quarters, just a few minutes from O'Hare Airport, will not only make it easier for us to attract top-quality faculty and students, but will make tangible our commitment to ecumenical collaboration like that exemplified by our partners at Bexley Hall," said Robert Bottoms, who serves as interim president of both Seabury and Bexley Hall, which is located on the campus of Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

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Ecumenical Leader Chosen as Bexley Hall's New Dean

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson will begin work in July

COLUMBUS, OHIO, May 4, 2011—The Board of Trustees of Bexley Hall Seminary today announced the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson as the seminary's dean.

"We are thrilled to welcome Tom Ferguson to our seminary," said Bishop Catherine Waynick of Indianapolis, a member of Bexley’s board who chaired the search committee that selected Ferguson. "His background in theological education and extensive ecumenical work make him the ideal person to continue our robust MDiv program, strengthen our ecumenical partnerships and lead our growing commitment to lifelong learning for clergy and laity."

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Bexley Seabury In the News

In Trust: Coming to the Table

The New Year 2013 magazine of In Trust, an organization committed to strengthening boards and governance in North American theological schools, profiles the Seabury and Bexley federation. The story is titled "Coming to the Table: Building on a shared missionary heritage, two Episcopal seminaries carefully chart a way forward."

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Dean Ferguson on Fasting in Christianity and Judaism

Tom Ferguson was recently featured on All Sides with Ann Fisher, a local NPR show in Columbus. Listen to a 13-minute segment to hear him talk about fasting in Christianity and Judaism.