A Historic Moment: The Installation of Jeffrey P. Greenman as President
On October 24, 2015, over 300 people gathered at the Frederic Wood Theatre on the University of British Columbia’s campus for the installation of Dr. Jeffrey P. Greenman as Regent College’s fifth President. The charge to the President was delivered by Dr. Carl Armerding, who was the second principal of Regent, from 1978 to 1988. Dr. Armerding’s message to Dr. Greenman was to take courage and to be an encourager—of Regent’s faculty, staff, board, alumni, and students—in the years ahead. This was followed by the official installation ceremony led by Roger Laing, Chair of the Regent College Board of Governors, and affirmed by the faculty, staff, and students.
Dr. Greenman’s address to the College was titled “Now More than Ever: Whole Persons, Whole People, Whole World,” in which he expounded Regent’s history and mission as a school founded to educate and equip the whole people of God. This past is the foundation on which Regent’s future will be being built, as the College continues to find innovative, holistic, and theologically rooted means to fulfill its mission.
The installation was concluded with a hymn, “Festival Hymn to the Trinity,” written especially for the occasion by Dr. Tony Payne of Wheaton College; by a prayer by Dr. Diane Stinton, Dean of Students of Regent College; and by a benediction by Dr. Susan Phillips, Executive Director of New College Berkeley.
The installation was then celebrated at Regent College with lunch and a symposium consisting of four separate panel discussions. Each panel was centred on a question about the future: “The Future of Theological Education,” “The Future of Women in Leadership in the Church, Marketplace, and Academy,” “The Future of Evangelicalism,” and “The Future of Theological Books and Congregational Worship.” Special guests participating in the symposium included Melanie Humphreys of Kings University, Shaila Visser of Alpha Canada, Timothy Larsen of Wheaton College, Gordon T. Smith of Ambrose University, and Mark Young of Denver Seminary, among many others.
It was a day that brought together old and new friends of Regent, from alumni to faculty, from donors to staff, from board members to students, all in celebration of God’s faithfulness toward Regent and in anticipation of a new era in the life of Regent College.
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