Pittsburgh Theological Seminary faculty member the Rev. Ronald E. Peters, Ed.D. has been elected by the Board of Trustees of Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Ga. as its new President. Dr. Peters has been on the faculty of Pittsburgh Seminary since 1991 and serves as the Henry L. Hillman Professor of Urban Ministry and director of the Metro-Urban Institute. Dr. Peters will begin his duties as President of ITC September 1, 2010.
PTS President the Rev. Dr. William J. Carl III said, “Ron Peters has certainly made his mark on Pittsburgh Seminary, the city of Pittsburgh, and the world, in both the classroom and on the street through his leadership of the Metro- Urban Institute. Although we will miss his effective bridging of the word and the world we celebrate with Dr. Peters this new appointment to lead an outstanding theological institution such as ITC and wish him well in this new endeavor.”
Dr. J. LaVon Kincaid, senior pastor, Laketon Heights United Methodist Church and chair of the Metro-Urban Institute Advisory Committee, said, “Dr. Peters has been an outstanding and prophetic educator at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for nearly two decades. As the founder of the Seminary’s Metro-Urban Institute, he has made an indelible mark on the lives of many students and pastors around the country.”
At PTS Peters teaches courses in the areas of church and ministry, education, and ethics. An advisor on social witness policy and urban theological education for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Peters has conducted urban ministry workshops and preached in Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia and has observed urban theological education programs in Switzerland, Singapore, Thailand, and the Republic of China. His most recent writing was Urban Ministry: An Introduction (Abingdon, 2007). Peters is married with two adult children.
In 1991, the Seminary initiated the Metro-Urban Institute to help churches address growing concerns related to urban living. MUI has become an important resource for those concerned with “the welfare of the city” (Jeremiah 12:7) whether or not they actually live in urban areas.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.