Fuller is happy to announce that Brad Strawn, Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of the Integration of Psychology and Theology, has been named chief of spiritual formation and integration for the seminary. In this newly created role, Dr. Strawn will lead the development and implementation of a seminary-wide strategy aiming to ensure that theological, psychological, and intercultural wisdom are broadly and deeply integrated into Fuller’s curriculum across both schools. He will also lead the seminary’s efforts in forming students spiritually; strengthening a sense of community among Fuller students, faculty, and staff; and helping create synergy between the various formational efforts that already exist at Fuller. In support of these important activities, Strawn will have the additional title of dean of the chapel and will serve on the Senior Leadership Team.
In his many years serving as the chair of integration in the Clinical Psychology Department, Strawn was responsible for strategically integrating theology and psychology into the curriculum of Fuller’s doctoral programs, as well as leading spiritual retreats for students. Prior to joining Fuller he served as vice president for spiritual development and dean of the chapel at Southern Nazarene University. He is also an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. “Dr. Strawn is uniquely qualified for this new role,” said Chief Operating Officer Ted Cosse, who serves as chair of the Senior Leadership Team. “Leveraging these professional, educational, and experiential credentials across our seminary will provide the leadership we need to achieve our formational aspirations for Fuller’s next chapter.”
President Mark Labberton expressed his delight in this appointment. “Our strategy for Fuller’s future makes it clear that we must form students not only academically but also vocationally, spiritually, and emotionally. Dr. Strawn’s proven leadership skills position him nicely to not only lead the spiritual formation of our students but also to strengthen the sense of spiritual community across all of Fuller. We are excited about the possibilities his leadership holds for us in these areas.”