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Pohly Center Co-Directors Travel to Cambodia and Australia Print E-mail


Co-Directors of United’s Kenneth Pohly Center for Supervision and Leadership Formation, Roger and Marilyn Evans, are participants in a West Ohio Conference Leadership Development Mission to Cambodia from September 6-20. While in Cambodia, they will lead the 11 District Superintendents of the Cambodian United Methodist Church in workshops on supervision and thinking theologically about supervisory work. Additionally they will participate in the biblical storytelling component of the mission and visit churches and United Methodist mission sites.
An invitation from the Uniting Church of Australia in Western Australia takes the Evanses to Perth for five days of training in supervision and theological reflection from November 21-25.  They will work with pastors and supervisors, teaching the Pohly Center’s signature course based on the work of Dr. Kenneth Pohly and described in Transforming the Rough Places: The Ministry of Supervision.
Then, from November 28-30, the Evanses will teach a workshop, “Dynamic Theological Reflection and Covenantal Supervision” for the Australia New Zealand Association of Theological Field Educators (ANZATFE) during its biennial gathering in Melbourne, Victoria.

Zeiders and Martin Honored by Alumni/ae Association Print E-mail

zeidersAt its annual Alumni/ae Banquet on May 10, 2011, United’s Alumni/ae Association honored Rev. Dr. G. Edwin Zeiders ’73 as Distinguished Alumnus and Rev. Dr. David F. Martin ’72 as Effective Minister. Both honored alumni were joined by family and friends as they were recognized for their incredible work over the past 40 years. Rev. Dr. Zeiders has served congregations in Ohio and Central Pennsylvania, has served as District Superintendent and Council Director. He also served as United’s president from 2000-2008. He now serves as pastor of St. Paul UMC in State College, PA.

martinRev. Dr. Martin retired in June after 41 years of service, 16 of which have been at Rocky River (OH) UMC. Martin has take Rocky River to new heights in mission and ministry and has touched countless lives and allowed the congregation to pursue and expand its mission of being a “Beacon on the North Coast.”

eckels2011Four members of the class of ’71 were inducted into the Eckels Society. They include Rev. David Howell, Rev. Thomas Jacobs, Rev. David Wilson, and Rev. Galen Black. The Eckels Society identifies and honors United Theological Seminary graduates of 40 or more years who have given dedicated service to Christ. The Society is named for the Rev. Dr. Harry L. Eckels who earned a diploma and five degrees from United over the years from 1941 to 1989.

joanzeidersA special Honorary Alumna Award was presented to Mrs. Joan Zeiders for her outstanding volunteer work for United between 2000-2008 while accompanying Rev. Dr. Zeiders during his tenure as United's president.

United Alumna Named to Ambassador Post Print E-mail


Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, D.Min. ’90, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON – Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook ’90, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, April 14, as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom at the Department of State’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and was sworn in on May 16 by Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Maria Otero. The first woman and person of African American descent to hold this position, Dr. Johnson Cook was appointed by President Barack Obama, and will serve as principal advisor on religious issues globally to him and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. She will be supported by the office of International Religious Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

Upon her confirmation, Dr. Johnson Cook stated, “I am deeply honored by the trust that President Obama and Secretary Clinton have placed in me to serve our nation in advancing the right to freedom of religion abroad. I am similarly persuaded in my mind, heart, and soul that religious freedom is the birthright of all people everywhere;
a foundation of civil society, a key to international security, and it must always be a pillar of U.S. foreign policy.” Dr. Johnson Cook plans to embrace the mandate of the International Religious Freedom Act, while aggressively promoting the growth of the Office of International Religious Freedom. Plans also call for Dr. Johnson Cook
to provide oversight of the Annual Religious Freedom Report to Congress, a report that examines the state of religious freedoms in 198 countries throughout the globe.

A noted leader in the religious community, Dr. Johnson Cook is adept at developing interfaith synergies. Founder and President of Wisdom Worldwide Center,
and a former advisor on President Clinton’s Domestic Policy Council, she is the first female and African American to serve as Chaplain to the New York Police Department, a position she has held since 1990, and has served as Senior Pastor of Bronx Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in New York City since 1996. Dr. Johnson Cook also served as the Senior Pastor to The Mariners Temple Baptist Church from 1983 to 1986. A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Johnson Cook also holds a B.S. from Emerson College, a Master of Arts from The Columbia University Teachers College, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary, where she was a member of the Proctor Fellows. She was honored in 2007 as United’s Distinguished Alumna.

Through her international travels, Dr. Johnson Cook has had the privilege of engaging various religious beliefs through constructive dialogue that led to the accomplishment of common goals. She has traveled to five continents to engage Muslims, Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Protestants, Jews, and practitioners of several other spiritual traditions. She has visited Zimbabwe and South Africa to meet with Zulu faith leaders to promote religious freedom and tolerance; worked with World Vision, in Ruschlikon, Switzerland, in its efforts to combat global poverty; and has led interfaith delegations to Israel, Jordan and Egypt. As a young woman, Dr. Johnson Cook worked with Operations Crossroads Africa, and participated in a cross-cultural exchange with many spiritual groups in Ghana. These experiences act as key elements of her brand and have uniquely prepared her for
the task of stewarding religious freedom on a global basis.

Listen to the Interview with Dr. Johnson Cook

Interview Part 1

Interview Part 2

UMC Ruling for Online Courses Print E-mail


United celebrates the forward step taken by the UM University Senate on January 27, 2011, with regard to United Methodist Distance Learning.

The Senate has ruled: 1. That UM candidates for ordination may take up to two-thirds of their required degree work online at a United Methodist seminary that offers Distance Learning and 2. One-third of the degree must be completed in residence at the seminary. In early March, the United Faculty will announce details for a new, summer residency program, to take place at United’s main campus in Dayton, Ohio, beginning in August of 2011. This program will be designed to fulfill the residency requirement for UM candidates for ordination in such a way that it will not be necessary for the student to relocate to Ohio. Effective August 2011, United Methodist candidates for ordination will be able to complete their educational requirements at United in one of three ways: 1. The traditional way: commute or move to Dayton, Ohio and complete all the requirements in residence 2. Complete two-thirds of the degree (2 years) online and relocate to Dayton, Ohio to complete one-third of the degree in residence 3. Enroll in the Summer Residence program, to fulfill the one-third residency requirement of the University Senate. This program can be completed in 3.5 years. Students who begin in August 2011 will be able to graduate in December 2014. UM students that enrolled in United’s 3-year Online/Hybrid MDiv program in the 2010-11 academic year will be eligible for UM ordination under a “Grandparent” Clause announced in July 2010 by then University Senate Secretary Wanda Bigham.

  • Documents

     March 8, 2011 Thank You from President Deichmann


    February 3, 2011 CTE Recommendations to University Senate


    January 18, 2011 Letter from President Deichmann to Leaders of the Church


    January 5, 2011 Email from President Deichmann to AUMTS


    December 2010 "A Begrudging, Recalcitrant Academic Observes What She’s Learning:
    Distance-Learning in Leadership Formation" by Lisa Hess


    December 2, 2010 Letter from President Deichmann to Lord


    September 7, 2010 Request from President Deichmann to Lord and Barrett


  • Taking a Hybrid or Online Course

    For more information about taking an online course at United, please visit our Online Learning page or contact Admissions:
    admissions@united.edu | 1.800.322.5817

New! Fall 2011! MA in Christian Ministries Print E-mail


United is excited to announce a new Master of Arts in Christian Ministries degree offering. This program is designed to equip persons for leadership and service in various areas related to Christian public life and practice. The 45-hour degree can be completed within two years in either a traditional or online/hybrid format. 

Potential students include those:

  • Preparing for the ministry of Deacon in The United Methodist Church

  • Seeking leadership opportunities in a denomination that requires a 45-semester hour seminary degree

  • Laypersons who seek to serve the church with specific competencies

Contact: Admissions Office
admissions@united.edu | 800.322.5817



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