—Dr. M. Craig Barnes will be inaugurated and installed at a service at the Princeton University Chapel on October 23 at 2:00 p.m. The event will be live streamed.—

Princeton, NJ, October 18, 2013–Dr. M. Craig Barnes will be inaugurated and installed as Princeton Theological Seminary’s seventh president, and as professor of pastoral ministry, on Wednesday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m. in a service in the Princeton University Chapel. The inauguration will be live streamed (link available on the home page). A reception will immediately follow the service in a tent on the Seminary’s quad.

craig barnes commencementDelegates from thirty-seven academic institutions, including the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, founded in 1582, will process in the inaugural procession. In addition, eighteen delegates from churches and denominations will participate, including from the Church of Central Africa, the Mar Thoma Church of India, the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, the Diocese of Trenton of the Roman Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, the United Church of Christ, and the Presbyterian Church (USA), the founding denomination of Princeton Seminary. The Reverend Dr. Neal D. Presa, moderator of that denomination’s 220th General Assembly, will participate in the service.

Dr. William P. Robinson, chair of the Seminary’s Board of Trustees and president emeritus of Whitworth University, will preside at the inauguration and give the charge to the new president. President of Princeton University Christopher L. Eisgruber will bring greetings to President Barnes.

Dr. Barnes will give an inaugural address titled “Beauty and Truth.”   

Dr. Barnes began his presidency in January 2013. Prior to that he was pastor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Robert Meneilly Professor of Leadership and Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He previously served pastorates in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Madison, Wisconsin, and at National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.

Princeton Theological Seminary, founded in 1812, is the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Its mission is to educate leaders for the church of Jesus Christ worldwide, and its more than 500 students and 11,000 graduates from all fifty states and many nations around the world serve Christ in churches, schools and universities, healthcare institutions, nonprofit agencies, initiatives for social justice, mission agencies, and the emerging ministries of the church in the twenty-first century.