Ben King appointed director of advanced degrees program at Sewanee's School of Theology

September 22, 2010

The Rev. Benjamin J. King has been appointed director of the advanced degrees program at Sewanee: The University of the South's School of Theology, effective Sept. 1, according to a press release.

King will continue to serve as assistant professor of church history at the Tennessee-based school.

The Rev. William F. Brosend, associate professor of homiletics and former director of the advanced degrees program, was recently appointed acting director of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation. Brosend will remain a full-time member of the school's faculty in addition to continuing as an adviser to the advanced degrees program.

"I am delighted to be stepping into the role of director of the advanced degrees program," said King. "As Dr. Brosend has brought such high standards to our program, I am looking forward to continuing to strengthen the pool of quality instructors in our program from inside and outside Sewanee."

King, a native of Brighton, England, holds two bachelor's degrees from the University of Cambridge -- one in history and one in theology -- a master's in theology from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Durham, England.

King was ordained a priest in the Church of England by the bishop of Chichester in 2000. Upon his relocation in the United States, he served in the Diocese of Massachusetts as a parish priest in Boston for five years and then as Episcopal chaplain at Harvard University for four years. He joined the School of Theology faculty in 2009.

"The advanced degrees program is designed to increase professional knowledge in the practice of ministry," the release said.

"I intend the advanced degrees program to attract the attention of the national and international church," explained King, according to the release. "Our instructors will come from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond, with reputations as leading scholars who can communicate their insights in socially and culturally sophisticated ways that will benefit the ministries of all who learn at Sewanee."

The Very Rev. William Stafford, dean of the School of Theology, described King as "a brilliant scholar with a pastor's mind, heart, and experience. He has a clear-eyed view of the shaping and reshaping of the church's life in our era, both in the local community and globally as well. Sewanee's advanced degree programs have taken a great step forward with Bill Brosend's leadership; I look for ongoing growth in depth and reach with Ben King's."

Sewanee is owned by 28 Episcopal dioceses, the only university so directly related to the Episcopal Church.