—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.—
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.
Delegates 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
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.
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.