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Board of Commissioners

Chair

Todd Lajiness
Rector-President
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Detroit, MI

Vice Chair and Treasurer

James R. Moore
Associate Professor of Educational Ministries
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School of Trinity International University
Deerfield, IL

Secretary

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

Commission Representative to the ATS Board of Directors

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

 

Class of 2022

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

Todd Lajiness
Rector/President
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Detroit, MI

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

Shawn Oliver
Associate Dean for Planning and Assessment
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
Professor of Hebrew Scriptures
St. Andrew’s College
Saskatoon, SK

James R. Moore
Associate Professor of Educational Ministries
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School of Trinity International University,
Deerfield, IL

Alvin Padilla
Academic Dean; Vice President of Academic Affairs; Professor of New Testament
Western Theological Seminary
Holland, MI

 

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

Valerie Rempel
Dean of the Biblical Seminary; Vice President;
Associate Professor of Historical and Theological Studies
Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary of Fresno Pacific University
Fresno, CA

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

 

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

Debbie Creamer
Senior Director of Accreditation
The Association of Theological Schools
Pittsburgh, PA

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

Barbara Mutch
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.