Faculty and Staff News


Dr. Hak Joon Lee, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics has just published an article: "Toward the Great World House: Hans Kung and Martin Luther King Jr. on Global Ethics" inThe Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics , (Washington, D.D.: Georgetown University Press, Vol. 29, No. 2, Fall/Winter 2009).

Dr. Willard Ashley, Director of Supervised Ministry and Associate Professor of Practical Theology, will host a small delegation from Impact, a Dutch knowledge and advice center for post-disaster psychosocial care in October. The delegation hopes to visit New York and New Orleans to learn from post 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina care and apply it to municipalities in the Netherlands. He will also be a presenter at the October 11 Circle of Healing seminar sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association's Traveling Mental Health Disparities Education Program in New York City.

Dr. John Coakley, L. Russell Feaks Memorial Professor of Church History, and Dr. Allan Janssen, Affiliate Faculty in Theological Studies, each have written a chapter in editor James Hart Brumm's book, Tools for Understanding (Eerdmans). Dr. Coakley's chapter is titled "John Henry Livingston as Professor of Theology," and Dr. Janssen's chapter is titled, "The Ministry of the State: A Reformed Approach." Dr. Janssen also had an article titled "A.A. van Ruler and the Point of Connection" published in The Reformed Review, Spring 2009, and a chapter published "A.A. van Ruler's Influence in the Reformed Church in America," in a book titled Men Moet Telkens Opnieuw de Reuzenzwaai aan de Rekstok Maken which was the proceedings of the 2008 Van Ruler congress held in Amsterdam.

Dr. Jessica Davis' article, "Jesus, the Great Womanist," will appear in the Winter 2009-2010 issue of The African American Pulpit, a quarterly journal that serves as a repository for the very best of African American preaching and provides practical and creative resources for persons in ministry.

Dr. Timothy Mulder, Associate Professor of Worship, Preaching and the Arts directed a week-long conference for the Episcopal Preaching Foundation on preaching the Beatitudes at Villanova University in June. Sculptor Dr. Charles McCollough was a presenter. Dr. McCollough will be our 2009-2010 Visiting Artist. One NBTS student and two graduates attended the event: Doug Brown, Larry Akins and Ben Rivera. Larry and Ben together gave a presentation on their experiences as prison chaplains. Dr. Mulder also authored the section on Advent and Christmas in the latest volume of the New Proclamation series, a resource for preaching from the lectionary in Year C, Advent through Holy Week.

Visiting Artist Dr. Charles McCollough has a display of his sculptures in the Helen Studdiford Kleis Art Alcove. On Monday, November 2, there will be a special reception for Dr. Mc Collough. The reception will begin at 5:15 p.m. From 5:30 to 6:00 p.m., Charles will meet with students, alumni/ae and faculty to talk about images and ideas for a special sculpture to mark the Seminary's 225th Anniversary. From 6:20 to 7:20, Charles will lead First Things First: Worship! with a special presentation on his art work and theology.
The Rev. Dr. Charles McCollough is a United Church of Christ ordained minister, author, activist, theologian and teacher. Dr. McCollough studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Johnson Atelier, and Mercer College. He holds a Ph.D. in theology from Drew University. His most recent book is titled The Art of Parables.

This summer NBTS offered its first preaching class in Korean. Dr. Paul Yang, Pastor of Pilgrim Church, taught the class and brought a well-known Korean news broadcaster to the class to help the participants with their diction and presentation.

President Gregg Mast, Dr. Willard Ashley and Dr. Timothy Mulder represented NBTS at the Association for Reformed and Liturgical Worship on the campus of Columbia Theological Seminary the end of July. The theme of this year's conference was on how to form worship leaders in the Reformed tradition. Directors of field education and professors of worship from the 26 self-identified seminaries in the Reformed tradition were invited to assist the association in their deliberations. Dr. Mast serves as the presiding officer of the association.

President Mast and Dr. Mark Kraai, retired Director of Supervised Ministry and Professor of Practical Theology, will visit the three RCA colleges the last week of September. Dr. Kraai has assumed a new role as ambassador to Central, Hope and Northwestern Colleges during his retirement in Michigan.

The Rev. Dr. Andrew Lee, Adjunct Faculty in Biblical Studies and Denominational Studies directed an internship program on behalf of The Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity (ISAAC). The Institute, in New York City, focused on calling Chinese American Youth into Ministry. This project responded to the need for cultivating future leaders among second-generation, English-language ministries of immigrant Chinese churches.

The Rev. Audrey Williamson, a 2005 graduate, joined our staff as the New Jersey Recruiter. Rev. Williamson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a Master of Divinity from NBTS. She is a Professor of Sociology at Union County College and an ordained minister in the AME Zion Church. She is currently the Executive Minister of St. James A.M.E. Zion Church in Perth Amboy and supply pastor at the First Congregational U.C.C. Church of Woodbridge. She is married and the mother of two teen-aged boys. She also had previous work experience in corporations including Loreal and American Express.

The Rev. Faye Taylor, a 2004 graduate, joined our staff as the New York Recruiter. Rev. Taylor earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and a Master of Divinity from NBTS. In 2007 she retired after working 24 years for the Phoenix House Foundation in New York City as the executive assistant to the Chief Operations Officer. She was on the ministerial staff at Bridge Street A.M.E. Church in Brooklyn, New York, serving as minister of Christian Education from 1995 to 2004. In 2004, she was appointed pastor of St. Mark's Chapel A.M.E. Church in Kingston, New York, where she currently serves. She is a doctoral candidate in the area of pastoral care and counseling at Drew Theological Seminary with an anticipated graduation date of May 2010. Rev. Taylor is married with two grown step children and two grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. Darren Mitchell, pastor of First AME Zion Church of Brooklyn, New York, taught preaching on the St. John’s campus.


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