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Frank Yamada, 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.

Rev. Dr. Yamada is the author of Configurations of Rape in the Hebrew Bible: A Literary Analysis of Three Rape Narratives and an editor for and contributor to The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible and The Peoples’ Bible, a cross-cultural study bible.

He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Rev. Dr. Yamada received his Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Southern California College. He earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he studied Hebrew Bible with an emphasis in hermeneutics, feminist theory, and culturally-contextual biblical interpretation.

He and his wife Michelle have two sons, Stephen and Adam, and live with their beloved Australian shepherd mix dog, Roy.

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