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St. Davids, PA, July 22, 2013: Palmer Seminary of Eastern University has named Dr. Diane Chen as its Interim Dean, effective July 1 for a one-year term. Dr. Chen is Associate Professor of New Testament at Palmer and will continue to teach. As Interim Dean, she is responsible for the traditional MDiv and MTS programs. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith, Dean of the Smith School of Christian Ministries, oversees the DMin program, the MTS Openseminary, the Eastern School of Christian Ministry, and the Priscilla Institute.

She says, "I find it exciting to see the New Testament come alive for my students as they attend to the historical and literary contexts of these ancient writings."

Diane Chen earned her PhD in theology and the MA Biblical studies and theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. She earned an MS in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BS in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.”

Dr. Chen enjoys writing for the church. Her most recent book, Let Me More of Their Beauty See: Reading Familiar Verses in Context (Smyth & Helwys, 2011), encourages readers to revisit what they have always thought to be the meaning of some familiar and cherished New Testament passages. Her current writing projects include a short commentary on the Gospel of Luke and a series of essays on the enigmatic sayings of Jesus.

Dr. Chen has participated in many workshops and consultations sponsored by the Association of Theological Schools, the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, and the Fund for Theological Education.

She is an ordained elder of Narberth Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Ethnic Chinese Biblical Colloquium.

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