The Frederick Houk Borsch Chair of Anglican Studies was inaugurated at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) in a brief ceremony in the seminary’s Schaeffer Ashmead Chapel during Wednesday Eucharist on April 9, 2014. The chair at LTSP was established as the Anglican Studies chair as the result of a generous gift from The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Colleagues and graduates of LTSP serving in the Pennsylvania diocese joined the seminary community and members of the LTSP board of trustees for the worship service, where Borsch presided.
The Rt. Rev. Frederick Houk Borsch, PhD, was the first holder of the Episcopal chair, serving since the fall of 2003, and also teaching as Professor of New Testament for much of this time. Borsch was earlier the Episcopal Bishop of Los Angeles and has a long involvement with theological education. He has been on the faculty of several seminaries in the United States and England, and served as Dean and President of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and interim Dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Author or editor of more than twenty books, he was for some years Dean of the Chapel at Princeton University, where he taught in the Department of Religion and the Program in the History, Archaeology and Religion of the Ancient World.