The Stevenson School for Ministry seeks its next Dean
The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania seeks applications for the position of Dean of the Dean T. Stevenson School for Ministry. We seek a teacher-scholar and administrator who shares The Stevenson School’s mission and values, and commitment to the broad spectrum of formation for ministry in The Episcopal Church. Using deep experience in both online and in-person instruction and formation opportunities, major programs of the Stevenson School include local certification for ordination as deacon or priest (bi-vocational / “worker priests”) and all canonically approved lay ministries. The Stevenson School employs a high degree of collaboration with other church institutes including but not limited to local seminaries and inter-denominational resources in its mission. We seek applicants who share SSFM’s commitment to the formation of ministers for the Episcopal Church that are pursuing vocations in congregations.
For a complete position description, please click here: SSFM DEAN – DESCRIPTION OF POSITION & RESPONSIBILITIES
A letter from The Rev. Canon David W. Lovelace, Advisory Board Chair and The Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan, XI Bishop
Beginnings of SSFM
The Stevenson School for Ministry evolved out of the vision of The Rt. Rev. Dean T. Stevenson (Bishop, Diocese of Central PA 1966-82) who saw the need for all people in the diocese to have opportunities for learning and growth as disciples. This vision involved the sharing of knowledge and resources among the people of the diocese despite the size of the parish or the financial ability of the those involved to support excellent religious education. Over time this vision evolved into the into the School of Christian Studies. As needs change over the course of time, Bishop Nathan Baxter (Bishop, Diocese of Central PA 2006-2014) established a task group to address three specific issues – parishes impacted by changing demographics, the need for leadership development in parishes and the issue of the cost of theological education for those called to ordered ministry. As a result of this study, Bishop Baxter had a vision for building ministry teams and providing cost effective theological training for clergy through the revision and renaming of the Dean T. Stevenson School for Ministry.
This seed planted by Bishop Baxter was developed into the current Stevenson School for Ministry when The Rev. Canon David Lovelace was appointed chair of the advisory board charged with watering and nourishing the vision in cooperation with The Very Rev. Robin Szoke-Coolidge who was appointed dean. Today the Stevenson School for Ministry students and faculty create a community for learning and discerning God’s call to each of us to live into the Baptismal Covenant. Classes at the Stevenson School are virtual and use both synchronous and asynchronous learning modalities. The faculty is made up of scholars from across our wider church and include some ecumenical partners. It has been the custom for students and faculty to gather for formation retreats during the course of the year. The school offers certificate programs that empower lay ministries and assist those seeking to become ordained ministers. The school provides courses that can be used by small groups of learners in congregations or to strengthen one’s own personal spirituality and leadership skills. During the current academic year, the school has 176 students enrolled in 41 offerings. The school is in partnership Lancaster Theological Seminary and the Lower Susquehanna Synod of ELCA. In cooperation with Virginia Theological Seminary, Bexley Seabury, the School of Theology at Sewanee and the theological school at Drew University we have faculty teach in the Stevenson School. The school shares collaborative mission courses with the Lutheran Synod in our area. Currently, the school enrollment includes participants from six dioceses.
All of the courses offered by the Stevenson School for Ministry are intended to strengthen the faith of the students as they fulfill roles in the Church to proclaim the Gospel and serve Christ in all persons.
We seek an energetic and visionary dean with a love of learning, a passion to equip disciples of Jesus for ministry and mission, and gifts to administer and build a school using the resources of our digital age.
In the Way of Love,
The Rev. Canon David W. Lovelace
Advisory Board Chair
The Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan
To apply for the Stevenson School for Ministry (SSFM) Dean position please provide:
A Letter of Interest including an essay, of no more than 1,000 words, to tell us the following:
- A description of your own faith journey and theological perspective
- Your vision of formation for ministry in the next five to ten years and how we will meet the needs of the Church.
- A detailed Resume or CV
- Your OTM, or other Transition Ministry profile, if applicable
Please send all documents to Carolyn Patterson, Human Resources Administrator, Diocese of Central Pennsylvania by no later than October 1st, 2021. For more information about The Stevenson School for Ministry, visit https://diocesecpa.org/stevensonschoolforministry/. To learn more about Central PA, visit https://www.visithersheyharrisburg.org/.