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Paul M. Martin Named President of ABSW

paulmmartinRev. Dr. Paul M. Martin, has been named the next President of American Baptist Seminary of the West (Berkeley, CA) on 23 March 2009.  He has been Interim President since the retirement of Pres. Keith Russell in July 2008 and will be installed as ABSW’s first African-American president on 1 July 2009.  With this election, Dr. Martin becomes the first African-American president of a Baptist-related seminary other than a historically black seminary.  (OOPS.  Until reminded by Dan Schweissing (Haitian Ministries), American Baptist missionary who blogs at Doing Theology from the Caribbean,  I’d forgotton that Dr. James Evans, who teaches theology at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, was president there for about 10 years.)

Founded in 1871 as Berkeley Baptist Divinity School, American Baptist Seminary of the West is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA and is a member institution of the Graduate Theological Union(Berkeley), an ecumenical consortium of 9 theological  seminaries which offers post-graduate theological degrees (Th.D., and Ph.D.) through the University of California at Berkeley.  Dr. Martin pursued his undergraduate work at Pepperdine University, his Master of Divinity at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Divinity, a historic Black seminary attached to the historic Black Virginia Union University, an institution related to both American Baptists and National Baptists.  Dr. Martin earned his Ph.D. at The California Graduate School of Theology.

March 28, 2009 - Posted by | Baptists, theological education

3 Comments

  1. “With this election, Dr. Martin becomes the first African-American president of a Baptist-related seminary other than a historically black seminary.”

    I don’t want to diminish the importance of this milestone, but Dr. James Evans was president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School for about ten years, beginning in the early 1990s.

    Comment by haitianministries | March 29, 2009

  2. Oh, yes! And congratulations to Dr. Martin who served as pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church here in Denver for twenty-odd years before becoming the interim president at ABSW.

    Comment by haitianministries | March 29, 2009

  3. Dan, you’re right and Evans still teaches at CRCD. I had forgotten that. I’ll correct it.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | March 29, 2009


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