The Seminary began the spring semester in worship on January 22 in a full-to-the-rafters Miller Chapel. New president Dr. M. Craig Barnes preached the sermon, based on John 21:15–19 and titled “A Place You’d Rather Not Go.” Martin Tel and the Selah Gospel Ensemble led the congregation in song, and minister of the chapel Jan Ammon and Ph.D. candidate Sunder John Boopalan officiated at the table of the Lord’s Supper.
After worship, the whole Seminary community adjourned to the Mackay Campus Center Dining Room for a Unity reception to welcome Dr. Barnes. Jerria Martin, a senior student and president of Student Government, led the festivities, presenting the new president with gift bags of PTS items: a CD of the Seminary choir, an umbrella, a tie, a coffee mug and pen, and a PTS baseball cap. “We know you came from another PTS [Pittsburgh Theological Seminary],” said Professor Dennis Olson in presenting Barnes with a tie emblazoned with the Princeton Seminary logo, “so we want you to fully take on your new identity at this PTS!”
Barnes told the gathered community that he wants to begin his presidency by listening. “And I think it is important to speak into this community from the scriptures every week.” He plans to preach once a week in Miller Chapel. He said his primary goals are to attend to the spiritual health of the Seminary community and to clarity about its center in Jesus Christ, and to the dual commitment to scholarship at the cutting edge and to the church and in particular the pastorate. “I feel like my own devotion to scholarship and to the pastorate in my own life are blending now as I begin this time with you,” he said.
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View photos from the Opening Communion Worship Service and the Unity reception.