Thursday, July 3, 2014

Teresa Reeve Named Seminary Associate Dean

Teresa Reeve, associate professor of New Testament at Andrews University, has been chosen as the new associate dean of the Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Reeve succeeds R. Clifford Jones, who is now serving as president of the Lake Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists following 19 years at the seminary, including ten years as associate dean.

Reeve comes to the position with several years of experience in teaching and ministry. She holds an MDiv from the Seminary and a PhD from the University of Notre Dame, and has been teaching in the Department of New Testament of the seminary for 11 years.

“Reeve’s appointment is especially significant because she is the first female associate dean in seminary history,” says Jiři Moskala, seminary dean. “This is an historical nomination, and I am glad I can play a part in it. With this appointment comes unique diversity in our seminary.”

When asked about the significance of her role as first female associate seminary dean, Reeve says, “I will leave others to debate what the appointment means for the church. For the seminary, my appointment is simply an expression of our belief that every believer is gifted by God, and it is our responsibility as the body of Christ to put everyone to work for Him in the places most appropriate to their gifting.”

Reeve began her career as an elementary teacher, teaching in Adventist and Montessori schools for ten years and earning an MA in educational and developmental psychology from Andrews. She has developed materials and services in various aspects of child and family ministries for the General Conference and North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists and Advent Source, including work with the Adventure Club and Sabbath School curricula.

Upon returning to Andrews to complete her MDiv, Reeve assisted the pastor and served as head elder at All Nations Church in Berrien Springs for several years, before completing her PhD and joining the New Testament department. During this time she has published numerous articles and served the church on a number of committees, including the Biblical Research Institute Committee, the Theology of Ordination Study Committee and the Seminary Deans’ Council.

“My central focus will be to work closely with the dean to pursue, in increasingly effective ways, our mission of preparing effective leaders to make disciples in preparation for Jesus’ soon coming,” says Reeve. “I especially hope to prioritize preparing students to work in a diverse, multicultural church by providing training, experiences and a diverse faculty that can serve as the needed educators and role models.”

Reeve says that she feels humbled by her appointment, but is counting on our gracious and mighty God for His wisdom and leading.

“I love my God, my church, and our seminary,” she says. “I am excited about serving the faculty and students and about seeking together the possibilities of the future and planning and working together in God’s wisdom for the service of His kingdom.”

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