Service, Wisdom and Dedication

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.


Elizabeth Conde-Frazier

Trustee

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.

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Gregory Ellison

Chair

Board Chair Gregory Ellison is assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. In 2010-2011, he was the recipient of Candler’s “Faculty Person of the Year Award.”

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Lee Hinson-Hasty

Trustee

Trustee Lee Hinson-Hasty is senior director for Theological Education Funds Development for the Committee on Theological Education (COTE) of the Presbyterian Foundation (USA) and the Presbyterian Foundation. The Rev. Dr. Hinson-Hasty is actively engaged in dialogue, study and initiatives that foster relationships and leadership development in the church and academy.

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Hyepin Im

Trustee

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.

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Linda Kay Klein

Vice-Chair

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.

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Ross Lockhart

Trustee

Trustee Ross Lockhart is associate professor at St. Andrew’s Hall, director of ministry and education, and Presbyterian director of denomination formation at the Vancouver School of Theology. An ordained minister of the Word and Sacrament, he currently serves as Minister-in-Association at St. Andrew’s and St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church.

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Skip Masback

Trustee

Trustee Skip Masback is the founding director of Yale Youth Ministry Institute and associate director of Yale Center for Faith and Culture at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT. Rev. Masback served as minister of the Congregational Church of New Canaan for 19 years prior to his current role.

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Jesse Miranda

Trustee

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.

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Frank Sims

Secretary/Treasurer

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.

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emilie townes

Trustee

Trustee Dr. emilie townes is dean of Vanderbilt University Divinity School. An FTE Doctoral Fellow, ordained American Baptist clergywoman and acclaimed author, Dr. townes is a leading scholar of Christian ethics, womanist ethics, critical social theory, cultural theory and studies, and social postmodernism.

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Frank Yamada

Trustee

Trustee Frank M. Yamada is 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.

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