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Dean's Message

Edwin David Aponte, Ph.D.

Palmer Seminary's clear and demonstrated commitment to integrate faith, reason, and justice is succinctly expressed in its motto, "The Whole Gospel for the Whole World through Whole Persons."  This lived reality is expressed in practical theological education in a diverse community, which is rooted in the love and faithfulness of God, holistic salvation through Jesus Christ, and the dynamic empowerment of the Holy Spirit.  In all our programs, we strive to educate students for transformative service in the reign of God in the world, to help people find integration between head and heart, theory and praxis, ideal and reality as they concretely and lovingly care for “the least of these” in a variety of ministries.

In this shared calling of theological education God has joined us in one of the most diverse seminaries in North America. Diversity is one of Palmer’s most distinctive and treasured characteristics and is apparent in our student body, committed staff and administration, and creative, caring, and experienced faculty. Our differences find their expression in authentic community, and our diversity finds meaning and growth in the context of shared lives. We learn to love one another because of, as well as in spite of, our differences. This is essential for Christian discipleship and witness. And we take what we learn through life together into holistic ministries in the world.

If you are intrigued by what is happening at Palmer Seminary, then as Jesus told his first disciples in the Gospel of John, “Come and see.” I invite you to follow your curiosity and God’s prompting and come visit us virtually and in person on campus. May God bless you in your exploration and journey.

Blessings and Peace,   

Rev. Edwin David Aponte, Ph.D.