Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
The Christmas Season and a New Year highlight new beginnings in multiple dimensions of our world. Let us enter this New Year of 2018 with an increased amount of hope in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
New transitions are often necessary components of life. My new year begins with the honor of serving as the newly elected President-Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary. I appreciate the thoughtfulness of the Board of Trustees to entrust in me this wonderful opportunity and in their consistent support in the successful transition of my family to Atlanta.
I am grateful for the time, wisdom, and energy in which Rev. Dr. Walter L. Kimbrough guided this historic institution during an interim period as President-Dean. It is always wonderful to see people step-in to serve an academic institution toward a path of vitality. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. emphasized the significance of service and we acknowledge his legacy on the national holiday of January 15th. We celebrate and work towards seeing Dr. King’s dream become reality in our community and our world.
I look forward to visiting with you, seeing you, and getting to know you. I would like to hear your dream(s) for Gammon Theological Seminary. What are your dreams for our institution? How are you willing to help the dream(s) succeed? In the coming months, you will be contacted by Gammon using a variety of correspondence such as phone, direct mail, surveys, and/or email so you can share your dream(s) with us. Feel free to contact the office by phone, email, and be sure to schedule an in person meeting with us when you are visiting Atlanta, we are excited to meet with you!
Each New Year, for my personal productivity, I often schedule several half-day sabbaticals for prayerful-mediation to write in my journals about goals concerning my mind, body, and soul. For my mind, I am currently reading “Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence” edited by Chad Williams, Kidada Williams, and Keisha Blain. The book highlights the Black Church and the continual need of effective church leadership for the world. For my body, I routinely watch the following video: “Before You Eat The Church Food”, it is available at no cost on www.YouTube.com. The video reminds me of the importance of a healthy diet. For my soul, I have been asking God for more wisdom and knowledge as the 16th President-Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary since the schools' inception in 1883.
With God’s power, I am confident Gammon Theological Seminary will continue to experience miraculous transitions in 2018 as we work together…
Grace and Peace,
Ken J. Walden, PhD
Gammon Theological Seminary
Rev. Ken Walden President-Dean, Gammon Theological Seminary