MARION, Ind., Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University announced today that it has hired Joy J. Moore, Ph.D., to join the faculty as an associate professor of homiletics and Christian ministry.
Moore will begin her duties at Wesley Seminary on July 1, 2017.
"I'm among those who have watched Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University from its inception," said Moore, who comes to Wesley Seminary from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. "I have been impressed by the intentionality of the faculty to design interdisciplinary courses taught by theologians and practitioners. I've been encouraged by the attentiveness to prepare ministers for the realities of the 21st century."
"Dr. Moore is practically and theologically trained, both by the academy but more so by her service to the local church," said the Rev. David Smith, Ph.D., dean of Wesley Seminary and a professor of New Testament and Christian ministry. "She is a nationally respected academic leader, ordained in the United Methodist Church, who has taught at several prestigious seminaries. Moreover, she loves the local church and is called to serve through preparing local church pastors for their respective Kingdom Mission."
Moore, who is an ordained Elder in the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church, was the founding associate dean of the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, where she also served as an assistant professor of preaching since 2012. Prior to that, Moore served as associate dean for Black Church Studies and Church Relations at Duke University, in Durham, N.C., where she also was a visiting professor of preaching.
A native of Chicago, Ill., Moore's move to the Midwest brings her closer to family.
"As my mother's health began to decline and I considered returning to the Midwest, IWU seemed the ideal place where I could return to a Wesleyan institution forming Christian leaders that sense the urgency of the task of the church to bring a witness to the holiness and justice promised by Jesus," Moore said. "I am eager to join this community and the innovative work that it is doing to prepare ministers who preserve the faith entrusted to us."
"I know that Dr. Moore is joining us in the belief that the church can benefit greatly from the rich rewards of ethnic integration in worship and collaborative community service," Smith said. "Our wish is that this will be modeled first in the classrooms of Wesley Seminary and then be graciously taken by our students to a fractured world."
Moore earned a Bachelor Arts in Education and Mathematics from National-Louis University in Evanston, Ill., a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Ill., and a Ph.D. in practical theology from London School of Theology/Brunel University in London, England. She became a John Wesley Fellow in 2001, and is a member of the National Association of United Methodist Evangelists, the Wesleyan Theology Society, the Academy of Homiletics, the Society for Biblical Literature, and is currently president of the Christian Theological Research Fellowship of the American Academy of Religion.
About Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church committed to global liberal arts and professional education. Nearly 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the main campus in Marion, Ind. More than 10,000 adult learners study online or at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. IWU has a sister institution in Sydney, Australia. More information is available at www.indwes.edu.
About Wesley Seminary
The Indiana Wesleyan University Board of Trustees formed Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University in April 2009 so that the university has a seminary with a practical and student-centered approach for busy, working ministers. The Wesley Seminary model allows ministers to stay in their current ministry setting while attending seminary. In addition to a Doctor of Ministry, the seminary also offers Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, and a Master of Practical Theology, as well as certificate programs in church revitalization; children, youth and family ministry; and church planting and multiplication. More information is available at www.indwes.edu/seminary.
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