Trinity School for Ministry dean to step down at end of term

After much prayer, the Terrys feel called to return to England to be closer to family and to continue in ministry in the Church of England.

Ambridge, PA – January 8, 2016 – Justyn Terry announced this morning that he will step down as Dean and President of Trinity School for Ministry. After much prayer, the Terrys feel called to return to England to be closer to family and to continue in ministry in the Church of England. Justyn will continue to serve as Dean and President until June 30, 2016. A search is already underway for a successor to lead the school into the next chapter of its life.

Justyn first came to Trinity in January of 2005 while on a sabbatical from his parish in urban London, UK. As a result of this visit, he applied for an open position teaching systematic theology and joined the faculty the following summer. In 2008, Justyn was appointed by the Board of Trustees as the sixth Dean and President of the seminary and he has continued in this role ever since.

During Justyn’s tenure as Dean and President the school has been significantly strengthened. He has overseen a clarification of the school’s vision, the creation of a strategic plan, a major curriculum revision, and, most recently, the Reach for the Harvest Campaign which has raised more than $15.3 million dollars to support various initiatives for the seminary.

“I am so thankful to God for these eleven years at Trinity School for Ministry” remarked the Very Rev. Dr. Justyn Terry. “I have learned so much not only about Christian theology but also about Christian life and leadership from being with so many wonderful trustees, faculty members, staff, students, alumni, and supporters. What a blessing it has been to me and my family. It will be very hard to say all our farewells. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.”

“Justyn Terry has been a truly exceptional leader since he was named Dean/President nearly eight years ago” commented Mr. Douglas Wicker, Chairman of Trinity’s Board of Trustees. “The Lord has used him to guide Trinity forward and stay focused on our vision while overseeing key strategic initiatives. Justyn is loved by all and his prayerful, humble service to Jesus is an example for everyone.”

The Board of Trustees hopes to have a new Dean and President in place for the 2016/17 academic year, but the search will continue until the right candidate is found. Over the next several months, the Search Committee will receive candidate applications and prayerfully work through the selection process with the goal of presenting a recommendation or a slate of potential candidates to the Board. All applications must be submitted by March 1, 2016. Trinity’s institutional profile and a job description can be found on the school’s website at You may nominate a potential candidate via a form on that webpage.

Trinity School for Ministry is an evangelical seminary in the Anglican tradition. Begun in 1976, the seminary has trained nearly 1,200 graduates and many others who serve in ministries all over the world. As a global center for Christian formation, Trinity continues to produce outstanding leaders who can plant, renew, and grow churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.

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