By Linda Arntzenius
Dr. M. Craig Barnes was installed as Princeton Theological Seminary’s seventh president at a service at the Princeton University Chapel last week.
Mr. Barnes is also a professor of pastoral ministry.
The October 23 event featured an inaugural procession in which delegates from 37 academic institutions took part, including those from the University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582.
In addition, 18 delegates from churches and denominations in the United States and around the world participated, including the Church of Central Africa, the Mar Thoma Church of India, the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, the Diocese of Trenton of the Roman Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and the United Church of Christ.
The Reverend Dr. Neal D. Presa, moderator of the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, the founding denomination of the Princeton Seminary, took part in the service. Dr. William P. Robinson, chair of the Seminary’s Board of Trustees and president emeritus of Whitworth University, presided over the inauguration and Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber welcomed the new president.