A New Way Forward for Redeemer Seminary in Dallas

A statement from the Redeemer Seminary Board on recent actions

Trustee Brad Bradley, former executive director of the Southwest Church Planting Network, is now the interim president of Redeemer Seminary. The search for a new president is underway. Former president Steve Vanderhill will continue to serve the seminary as Chief Operating Officer…Professor of Old Testament, Dr. Doug Gropp, has been appointed as academic dean.

 

This has been a challenging season for Redeemer Seminary. We have faced financial pressures common to most seminaries as well as disagreement within our community. Through it all, we have striven to maintain our commitment to our mission and core values, while at the same time seeking the Lord’s face as to how best to move forward. On Tuesday, March 31, the Board of Trustees met and made a number of decisions that we believe will unite our community and strengthen our ability to accomplish our mission.

Trustee Brad Bradley, former executive director of the Southwest Church Planting Network, is now the interim president of Redeemer Seminary. The search for a new president is underway. Former president Steve Vanderhill will continue to serve the seminary as Chief Operating Officer. Trustee Jack Denman is the interim chairman of the Board of Trustees. Trustee John Vandercook has been elected as treasurer. Professor of Old Testament, Dr. Doug Gropp, has been appointed as academic dean.

The faculty who had planned to leave have been invited to continue teaching, and almost all are able and happy to do so.

At a recent meeting between trustees, administration, faculty and students, each of these men spoke to our mutual commitment to each other, to our students, and to ensuring that the quality experience attested to by our students and alumni will continue. We are hopeful that by working through these issues together in the power of the Holy Spirit, we will be able to strengthen our community and testify to the redeeming love and resurrection power of our Savior.

We also wish to express our deep appreciation for the faithful service of trustees and faculty members who will be moving on to other endeavors.

We are grateful for the many prayers that have been offered for Redeemer Seminary. We serve a God who is faithful to hear us when we cry out to him for rescue and who heals our wounds and binds us together in love.

Redeemer Seminary will be holding its Spring Fellowship Dinner at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, April 16. Joni Eareckson Tada will be the speaker sharing her testimony of hope amidst suffering. Contact Rachelle Hast at events@redeemer.edu if you would like to attend.