Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.Dietrich Bonhoeffer
More than 60 years ago, a group of dedicated educators, theologians and church leaders took up the responsibility to cultivate quality leadership for the church and academy. That commitment formed the legacy of the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE). Today, FTE board members dedicate their time, talent and resources to support gifted, diverse young adults pursuing vocational leadership in ministry and teaching.
Through their wisdom and service, the FTE board of directors acknowledges their role and stake in helping young adults explore their purpose, passion and calling.
Trustee Elizabeth Conde-Frazier is dean and vice president of education at Esperanza College of Eastern University in Philadelphia, PA. Rev. Dr. Conde-Frazier was previously tenured associate professor of religious education at Claremont School of Theology and taught Hispanic Latino/a theology at the Latin American Bible Institute.
Trustee Hyepin Im is president and founder of Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD) in Los Angeles, California. Recognized nationally for her work and advocacy, she also serves as a U.S. Presidential Appointee on the Board of Corporation for National and Community Service.
Vice-Chair Linda Kay Klein is the founding director of the Work on Purpose program at Echoing Green. A storyteller, writer and speaker, she currently sits on the advisory boards of NYU’s Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life and Our Inner Lives, and is the founding board member of two organizations.
Trustee Ross Lockhart is associate professor at St. Andrew’s Hall at The University of British Columbia. Rev. Dr. Lockhart is also the director of denominational formation at The Vancouver School of Theology where he teaches courses in Reformed Worship, Creeds and Confessions and Evangelism and Catechesis.
Trustee Jesse Miranda is founder and president of the Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership (JMC). Most recently he served as distinguished professor at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA, providing the leadership for this institution to become the second Christian Hispanic Serving Institute in the nation under Title V of the U.S. Department of Education.
The secretary/treasurer for FTE, Frank Sims is professionally retired, but actively engaged on the board of directors of Piper Jaffray, Inc., PolyMet Mining Corporation, South Jersey Industries, Inc. and United Theological Seminary in Minnesota. Mr. Sims was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Paul Quinn College.
Trustee Frank M. Yamada is the executive director of the Association of Theological Schools. He previously served as the president and Cyrus McCormick Professor of Bible and Culture at McCormick Theological Seminary. He is the first Asian American to serve as president of a Presbyterian Church (USA) seminary. Prior to becoming president, Rev. Dr. Yamada was the director of the Center for Asian American Ministries and associate professor of Hebrew Bible at McCormick. He also taught Hebrew Bible/Old Testament for nine years at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.