Earlier this year, the Trinity School for Ministry (TSM) Board of Trustees appointed the Very Rev. Bryan C. Hollon, Ph.D., as the eighth Dean President. Dr. Hollon succeeds the Very Rev. Dr. Henry L. Thompson (Laurie) who retired during the summer.
Dr. Hollon most recently served as Professor of Theology at Malone University in Canton, Ohio, director of the C.S. Lewis Institute of Northeast Ohio, canon theologian of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes and chair of the Executive Committee of the Society of Anglican Theologians.
In addition to guiding TSM, an evangelical seminary in the Anglican tradition, Dr. Hollon also will play an instrumental role in the success of the North American Lutheran Seminary (NALS), particularly as the NALS is centered in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, at Trinity and works to form leaders and pastors to serve the growth of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC).
“We want to do everything we can to help the NALS succeed in its effort to educate and form students to faithfully preach, teach and live God’s eternal truth, through Word and Sacrament,” said Dr. Hollon. “All of us at Trinity have great affinity for the work the NALS is doing, and we want to make it easy as possible for the NALS as the administration and faculty work to fulfill the seminary’s goals.”
Dr. Hollon believes the relationship among the NALS and TSM faculty will be vital in supporting the goals of both institutions. “In addition to providing facilities for use by the NALS staff, faculty and students, we believe TSM faculty can also benefit by the growing number of professors and theologians now on the NALS team so students answering God’s call to serve congregations in evangelical and orthodox teaching can thrive.” The NALS students study, worship and build friendships with Anglican students and with students of other traditions.
Dr. Hollon received his Ph.D. in Religion from Baylor University in 2006, and his M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2001. He is a proponent of the great consensual tradition that C.S. Lewis referred to as “Mere Christianity,” and as a scholar, he specializes in Ressourcement Theology, which is best exemplified in the work of Henri de Lubac. He is the author of Everything is Sacred: Spiritual Exegesis in the Political Theology of Henri de Lubac (Cascade Books, 2008) as well as numerous book chapters, journal, and magazine articles.
Dr. Hollon was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) in 2015. In 2017, he planted and pastored St. John’s Anglican Church in Canton, Ohio, until a full-time rector was called in May of 2021.
Bryan and his wife, Suzanne, met at Baylor University and were married in 1993. They have three children. Harrison is a graduate of Mount Union University and lives in Columbus, Ohio. Claire is a senior at Baldwin Wallace University and John is a freshman at The Ohio State University.
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