Dear Friends and Colleagues:
At its annual meeting in May, I announced to the Board of Trustees my
desire to retire from this office on June 30, 2004. That will complete for
me fifty years of ministry in the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)—twenty-nine
in the pastorate and twenty-one here at the Seminary. It has been a
wonderful road to travel.
Accepting my request, the Board appointed a presidential search committee
to discern the one God has chosen to be the sixth president of Princeton
Theological Seminary. It is a strong committee of able people who in due
season will be seeking comments and suggestions from alumni/ae and from
the church-at-large. Please keep them in your prayers.
Meanwhile, the beat goes on at Princeton Seminary. You will hear it in the
lovely tribute by Professor Beverly Gaventa to our faculty colleague
Donald Juel, whose untimely death in the spring semester devastated the
Seminary community. You will hear the beat also in the articles featuring
our two new mission and ecumenics professors,
Dr. Luis Rivera-Pagán and Dr
Darrell L. Guder. The beat is very strong in the feature article on the
inauguration this summer of the
Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching, which
received rave reviews from the forty young pastors invited to participate.
With every good wish, I remain
Thomas W. Gillespie