Trinity Community Bids Farewell – The Rev. Dr. Leander Harding
Leander Harding Receives Call to St. Luke’s, Catskill, NY
AMBRIDGE, PA – March 25, 2013 – The Rev. Dr. Leander Harding announced today that he has accepted a call to be Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Catskill, NY in the Diocese of Albany. He will remain at the seminary through the end of his June Intensive Class and will resign from his various roles at Trinity School for Ministry on August 31 2013.
“My wife Claudia and I have cherished our time at Trinity,” remarked Dr. Harding, “and it is with a mixture of sadness and joy that I make this announcement. The challenge of a new ministry and the chance to be closer to two of our sons brings us excitement, but we will deeply miss the Trinity community which has come to mean so much to us. While I will no longer be a daily presence on the campus, I do hope to continue some teaching through online and intensive classes.”
Leander began teaching at Trinity in 2005 after the Very Rev. Dr. Paul Zahl, then Dean/President, and others suggested that he apply for an open position in Pastoral Theology. More recently, he has taken on an additional role as Dean of Church Relations and Seminary Advancement.
“Leander has been a wise professor, a strategic thinker, and a true pastor to everyone in the Trinity community” commented the Very. Rev. Justyn Terry, Trinity’s Dean/President. “He and Claudia will be truly missed, and we pray that they will be as much of a blessing to St. Luke’s as they have been to us at Trinity School for Ministry.”
Trinity School for Ministry is an evangelical seminary in the Anglican tradition. Begun in 1976, the seminary has trained more than 1,000 graduates and many others who serve in ministries all over the world. As a global center for Christian formation, Trinity continues to produce outstanding leaders who can plant, renew, and grow churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.