The Reverend Dr. David M. Mellott is the son of Francis and Joyce Mellott and was raised in Shadyside, Ohio. Theologian, teacher, administrator, and spiritual director, he is committed to supporting and nurturing Christians and Christian communities as they seek to love God, neighbor, and themselves more deeply. Reimagining theological education and spiritual formation have been the focus of his teaching and writing. He is the author of two books: I Was and I Am Dust: Penitente Practices as a Way of Knowing and Finding Your Way in Seminary: What to Expect, How to Thrive. He is currently completing a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, “Current and Future Directions in Theological Education”.
Dr. Mellott began his service as President of Christian Theological Seminary July 1, 2019.
Dr. Mellott holds a PhD from Emory University, an MA in Religious Studies and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and a BA in English Literature and Latin American Studies from the Pontifical College Josephinum.
Previously, he served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania from 2011 to 2019. He also was the Professor of Theological Formation and Director of Ministerial Formation.
Dr. Mellott is an Ordained Minister of the United Church of Christ. He and his husband the Reverend Lance F. Mullins reside in Indianapolis, Indiana.