The Rev. Kurt Dunkle to be Dean and President of GTS

General Theological Seminary announces:

The Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle has been nominated to be the next Dean and President of The General Theological Seminary in New York City.

Approved by the Executive Committee of the seminary’s Board of Trustees, Dunkle’s nomination was presented to the Trustees on Friday, February 1, 2013, by Search Committee Chair Randall Ashley Greene. The Trustees will formally vote on the nomination at the next Board meeting in May 2013.

Since 2006, Dunkle has been serving as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Orange Park, Florida, a parish that has experienced significant growth under his leadership. Just before his arrival, 965 of the 1,000 members had left the parish because of disagreements with The Episcopal Church. Today, the parish has about 450 members, an expanding parish day school of students from preschool through eighth grade, a new organ, and emerging programs and parish life created from scratch. “I like to grow things and people,” Dunkle said.

Prior to his ministry at Grace, in his first call after ordination, Dunkle served as Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of Florida, with responsibilities for staff administration, deployment, and representing the Rt. Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard in all aspects of diocesan life, particularly managing clergy and congregational conflict.

Dunkle is a graduate of General Seminary, where he earned the Seymour Prize in Preaching and served as a member of the Admissions Committee. Prevously, he worked as a partner at Rogers Towers, the largest law firm in Jacksonville, Florida. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida’s College of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the university’s Journal of Law and Public Policy, and his bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

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