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Walla Walla University Church Senior Pastor Named President of Kettering College
Story by Mindy Claggett
Alex Bryan, DMin, was recently named the sixth president of Kettering College in Dayton, Ohio, effective June 1. He replaces Charles Scriven, PhD, who retires this spring after a 12-year tenure at the college.
Bryan has been senior pastor at Walla Walla University Church in College Place, Wash., for the last four years. In addition to teaching on the faculty in both the School of Business and the School of Theology at Walla Walla, he is a member of the president’s cabinet, where he acts as advisor for vision and strategy for the university.
Bryan has traveled widely as a public speaker and is the author of a recent book, The Green Cord Dream, which explores a fresh vision for Seventh-day Adventist Christianity. He also is co-founder and co-chair of “the ONE project,” a grassroots organization exploring Christ-centered service in the 21st century. He served as lead pastor at New Community Church in Atlanta for 11 years before becoming pastoral director for mission and ministry at the Collegedale church (Tenn.) from 2007-2009.
“We are delighted to have the Bryan family join our community,” said Roy Chew, chair of the Kettering College board of directors and president of the Kettering Medical Center, which owns and operates the school. “Alex has a passion for education, learning and leadership. He will work with the Kettering College faculty and staff to continue to grow and improve the already excellent educational opportunities, making for an exciting future.”
Bryan said, “It is an honor to join such a wonderful team of educators and healthcare professionals. I am passionate about learning institutions like Kettering College, which trains its students in both professional excellence and meaningful Christian service. I look forward to contributing to a rich spirit of innovation as Kettering College pursues its unique and important mission in the days ahead. Adventist higher education has a long history of preparing men and women to make a rich, Christ-centered difference in the world. I am thrilled to be a part of this work.”
A graduate of Southern Adventist University (Tenn.), Bryan received his bachelor’s degree in 1993 with a dual major in history and religion. He went on to obtain a Master of Divinity, with an emphasis in young adult ministry, from Andrews University (Mich.) in 1996. Bryan earned a Doctor of Ministry from George Fox University (Ore.) in 2009. His dissertation was titled “The Role of Human Emotion in Christian Discipleship.”
The son of a pediatrician and a nurse, Bryan was raised in the mountains of western North Carolina. He is married to Nicole Ward Bryan, a high school counselor, and the couple has two children, Audrey (7) and William (2).
Kettering College Presidential History
William C. Sandborn, PhD 1966-69
Winton H. Beaven, PhD 1970-83
Robert A. Williams, PhD 1983-90
Peter D. H. Bath, DMin 1990-00
Charles Scriven, PhD 2000-13
Alexander Bryan, DMin 2013-
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