Bexley Seabury Seminary has chosen the Rev. Micah T.J. Jackson as its new president, effective June 1. He will succeed the Rev. Roger Ferlo, who retired in the fall of 2017.
“Micah brings a strong commitment to innovative theological education at a time when the needs of the church are changing,” said the Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, chairman of the board of directors.
“His vision is a good fit with Bexley Seabury Seminary’s non-residential educational model emphasizing contextual learning and practical applications, as well as traditional and non-traditional contexts,” Bishop Klusmeyer added. “Micah is a graduate of Seabury-Western, and we are proud to call one of our own to lead the seminary into the future.”
“I am honored to be called to serve as president of Bexley Seabury Seminary,” Jackson said. “I am looking forward to working with the board, faculty, staff, and students as together we inspire and form the next generation of leaders of the Episcopal Church. The seminary is heir to more than 150 years of tradition in forming church leaders for ministry in and for the communities in which they will serve. Communities of learning and formation are key to opening excellent theological education to a broad range of lay and ordained persons who serve the Church in pastoral, liturgical, and administrative roles.”
Before being called to lead Bexley Seabury Seminary, Jackson served as the Bishop John Hines Associate Professor of Preaching and director of comprehensive wellness at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin.
His academic interests include the spiritual discipline of preaching, homiletic form, the postmodern construction of the relationship between preacher and congregation, liturgical leadership, and clergy formation and wellness.
Jackson holds an MTS in preaching from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, an MDiv from Meadville Lombard Theological School, and a PhD in homiletics and liturgy from Graduate Theological Union. He is the author of Preaching Face to Face: An Invitation to Conversational Preaching (Church Publishing, July).