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From the Dean

Posted on November 15, 2017

Dear Friends,

I met recently with a wonderful group of Disciples students to inform them that I will be retiring from the Disciples Divinity House at Dean on June 30, 2018.

Next summer, I will have been Dean of the Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt for 23 years. I’m astonished at how many great students have come through this place. It’s rewarding to me to see how they—you—have gone on to fruitful ministries in many and different contexts. The special partnership between the Disciples of Christ and Vanderbilt Divinity School here has been embodied in an innovative way. I am grateful to have been a part of a long legacy of forming ministers who are faithful, bold, creative, effective, and transformative in a community of Disciples. The DDH-Vanderbilt experience builds a strong theological foundation, offers tools for ministry, and nurtures a love for doing justice and a life-sustaining collegiality.

The House is in a good place. The board has been working toward this transition for the last 12 months. A Transition Planning Committee worked through the spring and reported in June. The board met again in September with a consultant on succession planning and will continue working toward an orderly transition at meetings in November and June. Our staff is very able, and I have full confidence that the board will guide the House well through the next two years. I am deeply grateful for their work. They will continue to keep everyone informed.

After a teaching leave this spring from the Divinity School, I will continue to teach ministry courses for an additional year or so. Then Bonnie and I will think about where the best place is for us to be and continue to use our gifts.

Later, there will be time for saying goodbyes. I look forward to your prayers for us and for the House as we move into the next chapter.


Mark Miller-McLemore, Dean