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  • Dr. Nick Carter Appointed Interim President

    May 2, 2016 ~ ABSW

    Rev. Dr. Nick Carter
    Rev. Dr. Nick Carter

    The Reverend Dr. Nick Carter has been named interim president of the American Baptist Seminary of the West. He succeeds the Reverend Dr. Paul M. Martin who died suddenly on March 23. Dr. Carter will begin his term on May 15, 2016.

    Dr. Carter retired from Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS) in 2014 where he had served as President and CEO for ten years. While at ANTS, Dr. Carter developed a new strategic plan, brand position, and led efforts for more than $15 million in campus improvements. Carter’s signature contribution, however, was his pioneering work in interfaith leadership education, which is evident today in Andover Newton’s close collaborative relationship with neighboring Hebrew College and their joint efforts to promote understanding and new initiatives through the Interreligious Center for Public Life, which Carter chairs.  In addition, Carter taught courses in Fund Raising, Strategic Planning, and “Politics & the Pulpit.”

    Carter is a popular lecturer and author of many publications.

    Before becoming president of ANTS, Dr.Carter was President and CEO of several organizations both for -profit and non- profit. In 2001, Carter founded Wayfinders Consulting Group, a management- consulting firm that worked with religious, educational and other non-profit organizations on issues of leadership, governance, fundraising, communications, and strategic planning.

    “Dr. Carter brings to the American Baptist Seminary of the West both leadership and pastoral skills. We feel fortunate to have Dr. Carter as our interim president during this time of transition,” says The Reverend Michelle M. Holmes, Vice President.

    The Reverend Dr. Nick Carter is an ordained minister within the American Baptist Churches, USA. He received his Master of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Divinity School (NY) and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Colgate University (NY). In addition, Carter has received Doctor of Divinity (Honorary) from Franklin College (IN) and Doctor of Humane Letters (Honorary) from Hebrew College & Rabbinical School (MA).

    He is currently the Chair of the Board of the Interreligious Center for Public Life and serves with Ecclesia Ministries- Common Cathedral, and others.

    Founded in 1871, the American Baptist Seminary of the West is a charter member of the Graduate Theological Union and is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA.

  • ABSW Mourns the Death of President Rev. Dr. Paul M. Martin

    March 31, 2016 ~ ABSW

    Students, faculty, staff, trustees, and graduates mourn the sudden death of Dr. Paul M. Martin, President and Professor of Pastoral Theology at American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW) in Berkeley since 2009. He died on March 23 at the age of 77 while in Denver with his wife, Dr. Agnes Martin. A former ABSW trustee, Dr. Martin was the first African-American president of ABSW.

    Dr. Martin came to Berkeley with sound credentials. He earned his B.A. degree from Pepperdine University, his Master of Divinity degree from Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology in Richmond, VA, and his Doctor of Philosophy from the California Graduate School of Theology. His dissertation was entitled, “A Critical Analysis of Black Theology from Slavery to Civil Rights.” Dr. Martin was a life member of the Urban League, the NAACP, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Honoring his homiletical skills, Morehouse College named him to its Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Hall of Preachers.

    During nearly six decades as an ordained minister, he served as senior pastor for twenty-seven years at the Redeemer Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles, seventeen years at Macedonia Baptist Church in Denver, and later was the interim pastor for two years at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

    Dr. Martin believed in serving the community. During his tenure in Denver, Colorado, he served on the development committees for the Denver International Airport and the Stapleton International Airport. Starting in 1959, Dr. Martin hosted radio ministries on eight stations in Los Angeles and Denver. At the time of his death, he had once again returned to radio by hosting a Saturday morning show from Los Angeles.

    Dr. Martin is survived by his wife, Agnes, and their children Anthony Martin, Robert Williams, Rosalyn Thomas, Arlene Sharp, and beloved grandchildren.

    Memorial services will be held on: April 16 at 11:00 am at Second Baptist Church, 2412 Griffith Avenue, Los Angeles, CA; April 30 at 10:00 am, Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd, Oakland, CA; and May 14 at 11:00 am, Macedonia Baptist Church, 3240 Adams Street (MLK Blvd. and Adams Street), Denver, CO

    We would also like to announce the establishment of the Rev. Dr. Paul M. Martin Presidential Scholarship. This will be an endowed scholarship to be awarded each year by the ABSW President, a resource that was close to Paul’s heart.

    Founded in 1871, the American Baptist Seminary of the West is a charter member of the Graduate Theological Union and is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA.

  • The Passing of Rev. Dr. Paul M. Martin, President of ABSW

    March 23, 2016 ~ ABSW

    On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Rev. Dr. Paul M. Martin, President of ABSW, passed away from a suspected heart attack.  Please keep the Martin family and the ABSW community in prayer during this difficult time.  Dr. Martin spent close to 60 years in pastoral ministry that culminated with his presidency at ABSW.  He will be sorely missed.  News of a memorial service will be forthcoming.

    May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all during this difficult time.

    The ABSW Community


  • Living Religions Collaborative Pedagogies Consultation

    March 10, 2016 ~ ABSW

    Rev. Hudgins is one of several members of a consultation team that recently met at Santa Clara University. Sponsored by a Wabash grant, the team of pastors, educators, and journalists is exploring how the changing trends in religious practice (specifically social media or digital media) informs how we study religion in the class room, the congregation, and in the news media.

    Members of the consultation represent Santa Clara University (the sponsor), Graduate Theological Union, American Baptist Seminary of the West, Religion News Service, and various congregations. They will gather again in June and October. Stay tuned for more news to follow.

    Admissions Director, Rev. Tripp Hudgins, is pictured third from the left.
    Pictured left to right, Jerome Sokolovsky (Chief Editor, Religion News Service), Dr. Sarah Robinson (Santa Clara University), Rev. Tripp Hudgins (American Baptist Seminary of the West), Kimberly Legocki (Religion News Service), Dr. Elizabeth Drescher (Santa Clara University, Consultation Chair), Dr. Philip Riley (Santa Clara University), and Dr. Ricky Manalo (Santa Clara University, Paulist Press).