The Methodist Theological School in Ohio has announced the Installation details for its new dean.

The MTSO Board of Trustees voted May 25 to appoint Valerie Bridgeman to a three-year term as dean and vice president for academic affairs, beginning July 1. Bridgeman, who has served as interim academic dean since July 1, 2017, was nominated by President Jay Rundell with the concurrence of the faculty.[widgets_on_pages id=1]


Bridgeman also serves as associate professor of homiletics and Hebrew Bible at MTSO. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Baylor University in biblical studies, with secondary studies in ethics.

In addition to her work at MTSO, Bridgeman is the founding president and CEO of WomanPreach! Inc., a nonprofit organization bringing preachers to full prophetic voice. An advocate and activist for justice, she is in demand as a speaker and preacher throughout the country.

Most recently, the Carter Center invited Bridgeman to participate in the Human Rights Defenders Forum held this past July in Atlanta. The forum was led by former President Jimmy Carter.

“Many people know Dr. Bridgeman as an exceptional preacher, activist and educator,” Rundell said. “She also is a gifted administrator, leader and colleague. I am grateful for her service as interim dean and look forward to our continued partnership.”

Bridgeman will be installed as Dean on November 12. Her 10 AM installation that day begins a day-long celebration to which all are invited. An RSVP is required and may be made at the bottom of this linked page.

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