Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin awarded three Doctor of Divinity degrees, honoris causa, during its May 14 commencement ceremony.
The degree recipients were Bishop Suffragan Paul E. Lambert of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas; the Rev. Jonathan Baker, principal of Pusey House at Oxford University; and the Rev. J. I. Packer, Anglican theologian, author and executive editor of Christianity Today.
A prolific writer and lecturer, Packer is perhaps best known for his 1973 book Knowing God, now considered a modern classic. He has also served as general editor for the English Standard Version of the Bible and was a contributor to the watershed Evangelicals and Catholics Together: Toward a Common Mission, the ecumenical project launched by Charles Colson and the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus. Packer has also collaborated on books with Thomas Howard and Thomas Oden, and remains a seminal thinker in contemporary Anglicanism.
Elected in March 2008 as bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Dallas, Lambert has served parishes in the dioceses of Dallas and Western Kansas. He is a member of the board of trustees at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. He served as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Dallas from 2002 until his election as bishop suffragan. Lambert gained a Master of Divinity from Nashotah House in 1975.
Baker read English at St. John's College, Oxford, and completed two years of graduate work in early modern poetry before moving to St. Stephen's House, Oxford to read Theology. Ordained priest in 1994, Baker spent the next 10 years in parochial ministry -- seven as incumbent of Holy Trinity, Reading and St. Mark's, Reading -- before returning to Oxford and to Pusey House in 2003. Baker is an experienced advisor in the field of vocation; he serves on the panel of Vocations Advisers in the university and the Diocese of Oxford.
Founded in 1842, Nashotah House is a seminary of the Episcopal Church.