Mary Young joined the staff of The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in June 2017 as director, leadership education. She is responsible for planning and implementing leadership education programs for administrators in ATS member schools, including conferences and workshops for academic officers, development personnel, financial officers, and student personnel administrators as well as the programs for Women in Leadership (WIL) and the Committee on Race and Ethnicity (CORE).
Young came to ATS after 23 years in service to Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, most recently as assistant professor of Christian education, and director of the Master of Arts in Christian Education program. She also led the seminary in institutional effectiveness, accreditation preparedness, data collection, grant reporting, and program evaluation. Having guided the seminary in discussions around online learning, she also completed a Wabash Center program on online teaching for theological faculty.
Ordained in The American Baptist Churches, Young has served as minister of education at several churches in the Richmond area and written church school curricula for the denomination. She brings to ATS her experience as a pastoral leader, workshop facilitator, and consultant in Christian education for churches and other organizations.
Her publications include sermons in Preaching Funerals in the Black Church: Bringing Perspective to Pain (Dr. Peter M. Wherry, author/editor, Judson Press, 2013), and Those Preachin Women, Volume 4 (Dr. Ella P. Mitchell, editor, Judson Press, 2004). She is coauthor of “Small Investments Yield Big Rewards: How One Seminary's Faculty, Staff, and Students are Working Together to Put a Dent in the Debt Crisis," an article in the Theological Education journal. Forthcoming publications include “Religious Education and Communities of Learning: Inspiring Religious, Social, and Public Political Activism" in From Lament to Public Advocacy: Black Religious Education and Public Theology.
A graduate of Virginia Union University in mathematics, Young earned her MDiv from Virginia Union and her EdD from Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education.