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Board of Commissioners

Current Members

Chair

Todd Lajiness
Pastor
Our Lady of Good Council
Plymouth, MI

Vice Chair and Treasurer

Currently vacant*

Secretary

Barbara Mutch
Senior Director of Accreditation
The Association
of Theological Schools
Pittsburgh, PA

Commission Representative to ATS

Alvin Padilla
Dean of Latino and Global Ministries; Professor of New Testament
Gordon Conwell-Theological Seminary
South Hamilton, MA

*As per the Bylaws of the Commission on Accrediting in relation to vacancies occurring on the Board of Commissioners between Biennial Meetings, any current vacancies will be filled by majority vote of the Board of Commissioners, and each Commissioner so appointed shall serve until the next Biennial Meeting and until the Commissioner’s successor is elected and qualified or until such Commissioner’s earlier death, resignation, or removal (Bylaws, Section 3.4).

Class Of 2022

Rene Espinosa
Vice President for Finance
Oblate School of Theology
San Antonio, TX

Todd Lajiness
Pastor
Our Lady of Good Council
Plymouth, MI

Oliver McMahan
Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness
and Accreditation
Pentecostal Theological Seminary
Cleveland, TN

Shawn Oliver
Senior Associate Academic Dean
Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton, NJ

Arch Wong
Professor of Practical Theology
Ambrose Seminary of Ambrose University
Calgary, AB

Class Of 2024

Esther E. Acolatse
Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Intercultural Studies
Knox College
Toronto, ON

Betty Holley
Academic Dean; Director for the Master of Divinity Degree Program;
Professor of Environmental Ethics
and African American Religious Studies
Payne Theological Seminary
Wilberforce, OH

Christine Mitchell
Adjunct Professor
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK

Alvin Padilla
Dean of Latino and Global Ministries; Professor of New Testament
Gordon Conwell-Theological Seminary
South Hamilton, MA

Mitzi Budde*
Head Librarian and Professor
Virginia Theological Seminary
Alexandria, VA

 
Class of 2026

Joe Harrod
Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness;
Assistant Professor of Biblical Spirituality
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, KY

Becky Maloney
Academic Dean and Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Notre Dame Seminary
New Orleans, LA

Mark Morozowich
Dean; Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology
Catholic University of America School of Theology and Religious Studies
Washington, DC

Dwight Perry
Provost
Moody Theological Seminary
Chicago, IL

Jeff Straits
Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Wesley Theological Seminary
Washington, DC

Emanuel Naydenov*
Director of Masters Programs, Extension, and Affiliate Education
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Deerfield, IL

Public Members

Nestor Bunda
Manager of Pastoral Services
and Office of Mission and Ministry
Baylor Scott & White Health
Dallas, TX

Tom Ferguson
Rector
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Sandwich, MA

Charla Long
Executive Director
Competency-Based Education Network
Franklin, TN

Barry Morrison
Retired Pastor
Wolfville Baptist Church
Wolfville, NS

ATS Accrediting Director Staff

Stephen R. Graham
Director of Accreditation
The Association of Theological Schools
Pittsburgh, PA

Elsie Miranda
Director of Accreditation
The Association of Theological Schools
Pittsburgh, PA

James R. Moore
Director of Accreditation
The Association of Theological Schools
Pittsburgh, PA

Barbara Mutch
Senior Director of Accreditation
The Association of Theological Schools
Pittsburgh, PA

Valerie Rempel
Director of Accreditation
The Association of Theological Schools
Pittsburgh, PA

Lester Edwin J. Ruiz
Director of Accreditation and Global Engagement
The Association of Theological Schools
Pittsburgh, PA

Tom Tanner
Director of Accreditation
The Association of Theological Schools
Pittsburgh, PA

Christopher The
Director of Commission Information Services
The Association of Theological Schools
Pittsburgh, PA

The academic and professional qualifications and relevant employment and organization information for Commissioners is available upon request from the Commission office. Requests may be submitted by letter (10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110) or by email. Find contact information for members of the Commission staff.

Monthly summary reports of actions taken by the ATS Commission on Accrediting:

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