General Theological Seminary appoints two new faculty members

May 25, 2011

General Theological Seminary in New York will welcome two new members to its faculty in the fall of 2011: the Rev. Amy Bentley Lamborn as assistant professor of pastoral theology; and the Rev. Clair McPherson as visiting associate professor of ascetical theology.

"We are delighted to be able to add to the seminary's faculty two new professors, both of whom are excellent teachers and possess the highest levels of scholarly ability," said the Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee, interim dean of GTS, according to a press release.

Lamborn currently serves as theologian-in-residence at Christ Church, Bronxville. She received her Master of Philosophy degree in 2007 and her doctorate in psychiatry and religion in 2009, both from Union Theological Seminary in New York. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Sewanee: the University of the South in Tennessee in 1996. Ordained an Episcopal priest in 1998, she is currently an analyst-in-training with the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association. She has previously served as adjunct professor at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York and Marymont Manhattan College and a lecturer at Union Theological Seminary. Lamborn also is well published and is the recipient of many awards, including the Robert Wood Lynn Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching.

McPherson has taught at several colleges and seminaries, including Union Seminary and General Seminary, where he earned his Master of Divinity in 1982; Seabury-Western in Chicago, the University of Missouri, and Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned his doctorate in medieval literature in 1980, with a specialty in Old English and Latin. He is currently adjunct professor at New York University's Gallatin School and at Fordham College Lincoln Center. He has published three books on spirituality, as well as translations, original poems, book reviews, and has served as contributing editor of Spirituality and Health.

In other announcements, Elisabeth Koenig, retiring professor of ascetical theology, and the Rev. John Koenig, professor of New Testament, were elected professors emeriti/ae of GTS, having served with distinction for 25 and 33 years respectively. Both departing professors were honored at a reception on May 4.

The seminary's selection process continues for a New Testament professor with a scholarly concentration in the Pauline and Johannine texts.