|SFTS Appoints Head for New Center for Innovation in Ministry|
SFTS Appoints Rev. Sherri Hausser to Spearhead a New Center for Innovation in Ministry
San Francisco Theological Seminary has appointed Rev. Sherri A. Hausser, an experienced pastor and interfaith leader, to spearhead the Seminary’s new Center for Innovation in Ministry. Hausser will help establish the Center, which will be a hub for the generation of ideas and encouragement for those who are engaged in developing new forms of ministry.
Hausser brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this new position. She has taken on leadership roles with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), served congregations of more than 3500, developed and led innovative and interfaith adult education classes, and served on the boards of several academic institutions. Hausser is a founding and current Board member of the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, which develops leaders for the interfaith movement, creates accessible models for interfaith work, and educates and inspires people of different faiths to create cohesive communities.
As an Associate Pastor at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church for 13 years, she helped develop both local and international partnerships with alternative church communities, including Broad Street Ministries, and has made multiple appearances on the Today Show with Matt Lauer and Rabbi Irwin Kula. She holds a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary and a B.A. in International Studies from American University.
“Sherri’s combination of impressive experience and education, and her deep commitment and passion for innovation in ministry provides a huge boost for the launch of this exciting new enterprise,” said Rev. Dr. James McDonald, President and Professor of Faith & Public Life at SFTS. “Sherri will help connect SFTS to a broad network of innovators in the church, in the nonprofit world, in business and government, and in education.”
Rev. Dr. Jana Childers, Dean of the Seminary and Professor of Homiletics and Speech Communication, shares the President’s enthusiasm. “Sherri’s pastoral and international experience, energy, and passion make her an excellent partner for the faculty at San Francisco Theological Seminary, and will greatly further our preparation of students for today’s Church.”
The Center for Innovation in Ministry represents SFTS’ commitment to forward-looking, effective, relevant, and responsive ministry that is vital for the church of the 21st century. Hausser will work closely with McDonald and Childers to launch the Center’s first public event in October 2014.