DAYTON — Mr. James Tharp, chair of the Board of Trustees at United Theological Seminary (United) in Dayton, announced Friday that Dr. Kent Millard, former senior pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, has been chosen as United’s interim president.
Millard received a bachelor’s degree from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD, a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology and his Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormack Theological Seminary in Chicago. He has authored books on church renewal (The Passion Driven Congregation), leadership (Lead Like Butler) and stewardship (The Gratitude Path).
He has also been chosen as Evangelist of the Year by the Foundation on Evangelism and served as a delegate for General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church. Dr. Millard has taught courses on leadership and stewardship as an adjunct faculty member for Garrett Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, IL, and is a retired elder in the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Millard follows Dr. Wendy Deichmann, who has served as United’s president for the past eight years. Under Dr. Deichmann’s leadership, the seminary was named by the Association of Theological Schools as one of the 12 fastest-growing seminaries in the United States.
United has a current enrollment of 444 full- and part-time students and is among the most diverse theological schools in the United States in its racial, ethnic, gender, denominational and theological make-up. United has been a leader in online theological education, and hundreds of students throughout the nation are receiving theological education experiences from the diverse faculty in Dayton, Ohio.
After taking a sabbatical leave, Dr. Deichmann plans to return to the classroom at United as Professor of History and Theology.