May 25, 2018


Valerie Bridgeman named dean and VP for academic affairs


The MTSO Board of Trustees voted May 25 to appoint Valerie Bridgeman to a three-year term as dean and vice president for academic affairs, beginning July 1. Bridgeman, who has served as interim academic dean since July 1, 2017, was nominated by President Jay Rundell with the concurrence of the faculty.

Bridgeman also serves as associate professor of homiletics and Hebrew Bible at MTSO. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Baylor University in biblical studies, with secondary studies in ethics.

In addition to her work at MTSO, Bridgeman is the founding president and CEO of WomanPreach! Inc., a nonprofit organization bringing preachers to full prophetic voice. An advocate and activist for justice, she is in demand as a speaker and preacher throughout the country.

Most recently, the Carter Center invited Bridgeman to participate in the Human Rights Defenders Forum, to be held July 21-24 in Atlanta. The forum will be led by former President Jimmy Carter.

“Many people know Dr. Bridgeman as an exceptional preacher, activist and educator,” Rundell said. “She also is a gifted administrator, leader and colleague. I am grateful for her service as interim dean and look forward to our continued partnership.”

Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just, sustainable and generative world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.

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Danny Russell, communications director, 740-362-3322