Editorial Preface -- By: David W. Baker
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus, in saying “change alone is unchanging”, seems to have known the life of each of us as individuals, as well as of Ashland Theological Seminary as an institution. Every quarter new students arrive, and others graduate, facing changes in location and ministry. Staff and administrative changes have implications for those of us who remain, but can also affect the Seminary’s public face. One major change in this area over the past year is the reconfiguration and fuller staffing of the development department. This will likely impact many of our alumni readers.
Faculty also change, with some departing and others arriving. At the graduation ceremony in June, we said ‘farewell’ to Dr. Luke Keefer, our colleague and friend who has served not only the Seminary as Professor of Church History and Theology, but also the wider church during his twenty-one years with us in Ashland. All who were present were touched by his graduation address to this year’s graduating students. In order to share it more widely, we include it as our first entry in this issue. While retired, Luke and Doris have not left us, since will continue to teach courses periodically. We as an institution wish Godspeed to our friend in this new stage of life, and are pleased to dedicate this issue of the Ashland Theological Journal to him.
Arriving to fill the resultant teaching needs is Dr. Paul W. Chilcote who comes as Professor of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies. He has taught at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Asbury Theological Seminary, and Duke Divinity School in the US, and at St. Paul’s United Theological College in Limuru, Kenya. He is widely published in the areas of Wesleyan studies, worship, and spirituality, and will make a valuable addition to Ashland. We welcome him, his wife Janet, and their daughters to our community.
We also welcome you, our readers, some of whom have been with us for years, and others who are new, to this new issue. I trust it contains material which will encourage and stimulate your thinking as well as your service for God’s Kingdom.
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