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AMBRIDGE, PA - May 18, 2016 - The Trinity School for Ministry Board of Trustees announced today their appointment of the Rev. Dr. Henry “Laurie” Thompson III as Interim Dean/President. He will take office on July 1, 2016. The Dean/President is the senior administrator and chief academic officer of the seminary and is responsible for all of the daily operations and fundraising efforts.

Trinity School for Ministry will hold its Thirty-Eighth Commencement on May 14, 2016 at 10:00am. This year the commencement speaker will be the Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of North America and Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South. The Baccalaureate service of Holy Communion will take place the evening before commencement, on May 13, 2016 at 5:00pm. Both events will be held at St. Stephen’s Church in Sewickley, PA.
“If you want to make the Lord laugh make plans.”  That’s what Archbishop Duncan told my fellow ordinands and me as we prepared for our futures in ministry. Well, church planting was not something my wife, Kate, and I had planned to do. In fact, I would say that we actively tried to avoid it over the years. Yet, our path of planting has proved the Archbishop right in more ways than one. We had no plans to do this, and most of our plans on how it would look and develop ended up looking completely different.

It never ceases to amaze me how much God can do through one leader. Just think about John Stott and all the millions of people around the world that have been influenced by him through his preaching and teaching, the initiatives he undertook, and the books he wrote. Admittedly, John Stott was an exceptional leader. But what he shows in abundance is seen to some extent in every leader. As the founders of the Church Missionary Society said, “Remember that, under God, everything depends upon the quality of people chosen.”

In 1976, SAMS-USA was founded as the American branch of the South American Missionary Society, a British organization that goes back to 1844. Trinity School for Ministry was also founded in 1976 and the two organizations shared quite a few founding board members in common. It’s not surprising that many of the early SAMS missionaries were some of the first graduates from Trinity!