CTS Professor Emeriti Frank Burch Brown Accepts Dual DSF Appointment

Disciples Seminary Foundation has announced the appointment of Dr. Frank Burch Brown as their new Dean in Northern California, beginning August 1, 2014. In this role, he will serve as advisor to all DSF students in Northern California, work in the DSF office at the Pacific School of Religion, represent DSF at the Graduate Theological Union, and actively participate in DSF events.

DSF President Jon L. Berquist welcomed the addition of Dean Brown in making the announcement. "Frank Burch Brown is a highly respected professor, known widely as one of the most significant scholars in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and beyond. His students know him as a fabulous teacher and as a very strong, compassionate mentor. This combination is exactly what our students need, and Frank will lead them to be better thinkers, listeners, and leaders for our church and our world."

In addition to serving as Dean, Dr. Brown has also accepted the position of the CARE/GTU Visiting Professor of Art and Religion for the Center for Arts, Religion and Education (CARE). The center, an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), announced his appointment for the 2014 - 2016 academic years in late April.

“Frank Burch Brown is a leader in the field of theological aesthetics and a pioneer in the study of art and religion,” said Dr. Devin Zuber, CARE Board Member and Core Doctoral Faculty member in Art and Religion at the GTU. GTU Dean Arthur Holder agreed. "Frank Burch Brown has been a friend and colleague to many GTU students and faculty over the years. I am delighted that he will be in Berkeley to teach courses and guide students in their research," he said.

In covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and in cooperation with ecumenical partners on the West Coast, the Disciples Seminary Foundation seeks to serve God through the formation and support of emerging theological leaders for diverse Christian communities. Partner schools include Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, CA; Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA; and Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry in Seattle, WA. DSF also offers a Certificate of Ministry Studies in San Diego and Claremont, CA.

Dean Brown leaves for Northern California from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, where he has served for twenty years as the Frederick Doyle Kershner Professor of Religion and the Arts and in, 2009, as Interim Dean. He holds degrees from Georgetown College and the University of Chicago, where he earned his Ph.D. in Religion and Literature. Author of numerous award-winning articles and books, Dean Brown is editor of the widely acclaimed Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts (Oxford UP, 2014) and Senior Editor in Religion and the Arts for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion.

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