David Emmanuel Goatley, a Black church theologian and missions leader, has been named the next president of the California-based Fuller Theological Seminary, the largest Protestant interdenominational seminary in the nation.
Goatley is leaving his research professorship and associate deanship at Duke Divinity School to assume his new role at FTS in January 2023. Not only will he be the sixth president of
FTS, but he will also be the first person of color to take on the role.
“There’s a certain representation that is important … The journey of which I am part matters,” Goatley told Christianity Today. “I am a Black person in the United States, which means some of my story has to do with discrimination and segregation and slavery, and all of that helps to give insight to how I handle myself and how I seek to handle creation and engage with other people.”
“It also means something significant that Fuller Theological Seminary was able to take…