St. Davids, PA, May 19 2014: Eastern University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Edwin David Aponte as the next Dean of Palmer Theological Seminary, effective July 1, 2014. Dr. Aponte is currently the Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. He brings to the Palmer community an impressive scholarly and administrative profile and a keen sense of our Seminary’s ethos and mission.
Dr. Aponte said, "With a deep sense of God's calling, I have agreed to serve as Dean of Palmer Theological Seminary at Eastern University during this important time in its history. I embrace Palmer Seminary’s clear and demonstrated commitment to integrate faith, reason, and justice as succinctly expressed in its motto, “The Whole Gospel for the Whole World through Whole Persons.” With God's help, I will assist the community at Palmer in its mission to educate and transform students by the love of God in Christ as they concretely and lovingly care for “the least of these” in a variety of ministries. I believe that we share this calling and that God has joined us in the dynamic ministry of theological education. I look forward to my tenure as Dean of the Seminary."
Prior to his tenure at Christian Theological Seminary, Dr. Aponte taught or served in administrative roles at numerous institutions, including Lancaster Seminary, Temple University, New York Theological Seminary, Southern Methodist University and Palmer itself, where he served as visiting professor in 2005. In addition to these institutional roles, Dr. Aponte is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church USA and has served on various professional committees for the Association of Theological Schools, Middle States Association, and American Academy of Religion. Dr. Aponte is a visionary leader well suited to lead Palmer’s “Whole Gospel for the Whole World” mission into the twenty-first century.