Thursday, April 5, 2012

Roger Ferlo’s Venture Capital

From The Living Church-

The Rev. Roger A. Ferlo compares his new calling as the first president of two federated Episcopal seminaries to helping an internet startup firm. Ferlo, Virginia Theological Seminary’s associate dean and director of its Institute for Christian Formation and Leadership, will become president of Bexley Hall and Seabury-Western seminaries beginning July 1.

“It’s kind of like venture capital,” he said. “I’m 60 years old. This is fabulous. I feel like it’s the culmination of my ministry to take these two seminaries and move them to a new place” of ministry.

The boards of trustees for both seminaries announced March 27 that they had approved the federation in unanimous votes. They will share one budget, one president and one board, but continue in their two locations: Seabury-Western in a building shared with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s national office in suburban Chicago and Bexley in its cooperative ministry with Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio.

“I would like to teach at both places once a year,” said Ferlo, who will be based in Chicago. “Because it’s now federated we’ve got the full spectrum of a seminary education.”

“Roger embodies our ideal, and we are eager for him to lead the formation of our next generation of students,” said a joint letter by the Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer of Bexley Hall’s board and the Rev. Gwynne Wright of Seabury-Western board.

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