Dr. David Gyertson Announces Retirement
Dr. David J. Gyertson will be transitioning from his role as Associate Provost and Dean of the Beeson School of Practical Theology (BSPT) to devote more time to his research, writing, teaching and consulting interests in leadership development, executive transitions, board governance, and strategic initiatives facilitation. His retirement officially takes effect on September 1, 2019.
“It has been a privilege to be back at the Seminary helping invest in the ministries of current and emerging ecclesial leaders,” Gyertson said. “I am thankful to President Timothy Tennent, our Provost Dr. Doug Matthews, and for a wonderful team of dedicated staff and faculty for their love and support.”
Gyertson came out of retirement four years ago to assist Asbury Theological Seminary with transitions in the Beeson International Center for Biblical Preaching and Church Leadership. He oversaw the Doctor of Ministry program that has had a significant increase during his tenure, the Lilly Endowment funded Thriving in Ministry initiative, the development of a strategic plan for the Office of Faith, Work & Economics, and expansion of lifelong learning opportunities through the newly formed Asbury Institutes under Dr. Bryan Sims.
The curriculum for the Doctor of Ministry program has been enhanced to focus on doctoral level education, and the business model for the Doctor of Ministry program has been assessed and is now being modified. Since last summer, he guided the merger of the Beeson Center and the School of Practical Theology, with assistance from Dr. Tom Tumblin and Dr. Chris Kiesling, creating the Beeson School of Practical Theology, and helping to extend the Seminary’s commitment to applied and practical theological education.
“David has blessed the Seminary with a regal and Spirit-led presence in our midst, while modeling relational teamwork and moving forward Beeson and Practical Theology initiatives,” Dr. Doug Matthews, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said. “We are glad that he may continue to assist the Seminary in future ventures.”
To assist with the Beeson School of Practical Theology transition, Dr. Tom Tumblin’s title will be changed, effective immediately, from Associate Dean of the BSPT Faculty to Dean of the BSPT Faculty. David’s title will be changed, effective immediately and until September 1, to Associate Provost for the Beeson School of Practical Theology. Additional BSPT plans will be implemented and commence after September 1, 2019.
The Gyertson’s intend to remain in the greater Lexington area as they transition to this next chapter of their ministry. Join us in prayer for the Gyertson family and the transitions within the Beeson School of Practical Theology.