Darrell Guder, Lib Caldwell will be honored during General Assembly
December 30, 2019
Two outstanding leaders in theological education will be honored at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 224th General Assembly in Baltimore in June 2020.
The Committee on Theological Education and the Theological Education Fund will honor the Revs. Drs. Darrell Guder and Elizabeth (Lib) Caldwell with the Award for Excellence in Theological Education during a breakfast event at General Assembly. A date for the Theological Education breakfast has not yet been set. The 224th General Assembly is set for June 20–27, 2020.
In addition to both COTE and the Theological Education Fund jointly honoring Guder and Caldwell, they will ask the 224th General Assembly to do so.
“I am so thrilled over the selection of professors Darrell Guder and Lib Caldwell as the latest recipients of the Award of Excellence in Theological Education,” said the Rev. Dr. Ted Wardlaw, president of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. “They both represent high-water marks with regard to lifetime commitment to their seminary settings and the cultivation of students, graduates, scholars, and church leaders too numerous to name or count. They deserve this award, and they inspire us!”
The Rev. Dr. Darrell L. Guder is the Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology Emeritus and one of the founders of the Center for Church Planting and Revitalization at Princeton Theological Seminary. The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth (Lib) Caldwell is a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. For 30 years, she served as the Harold Blake Walker Professor of Pastoral Theology and Associate Dean of Students and Academics at McCormick Theological Seminary.
The Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty, senior director of funds development for the Theological Education Fund at the Presbyterian Foundation, noted that the award is the highest honor in the PC(USA) for those who teach, lead and support theological education. “In the life of the Presbyterian Church, only 16 other leaders have received this honor,” Hinson-Hasty said. “This award is reserved for those who have made significant and transformational contributions to the mission and life of the Church through their service in theological education. Both Darrell and Lib have mentored generations of ministerial leaders across the Church and world while raising the bar for scholarship and research at theological institutions and broadened the impact that seminaries have on the world around them. We are all grateful for their contributions.”
Previous Recipients of the Excellence in Theological Education Award are:
1997 Robert Wood Lynn
1998 C. Ellis Nelson
1999 James H. Costen
2002 Sara P. Little
2003 Jack Leven Stotts
2004 Henry Luce III
2006 Catherine Gonzalez
2008 Sara C. Juengst
2010 Barbara Wheeler
2012 John Trotti
2014 Cynthia M. Campbell and Jack B. Rogers
2016 Katherine Sakenfeld and Craig Dykstra
2018 Katie Cannon and Doug Oldenburg
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Today’s Focus: Excellence in Theological Education Award Recipients
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