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4-23-13 Alex Bryan Named President of Kettering College
Senior pastor at Walla Walla University Church replacing retiring president Charles Scriven
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, Ga., for 11 years before becoming pastoral director for mission and ministry at Collegedale (Tenn.) Adventist Church 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 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.”
“It is an honor to join such a wonderful team of educators and health care professionals,” said Bryan. “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 in Collegedale, Tenn., Bryan received his bachelor’s degree in 1993 with a dual major of history and religion. He went on to obtain a Master of Divinity, with an emphasis in young adult ministry, from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich., in 1996. Bryan earned a Doctor of Ministry from George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., in 2009. His dissertation was entitled “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).
About Kettering College
Kettering College is a fully accredited, coeducational college that specializes in health science education. A division of Kettering Medical Center, the College is located on the KMC campus in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, and is chartered by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Kettering College offers certificate programs, Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees, and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree.
Born out of Adventist faith and upholding Christ, Kettering College educates students to make service a life calling and to view health as harmony with God in body, mind, and spirit.
Kettering College Presidential History
William C. Sandborn, Ph.D. 1966-69
Winton H. Beaven, Ph.D. 1970-83
Robert A. Williams, Ph.D. 1983-90
Peter D. H. Bath, D.Min. 1990-00
Charles Scriven, Ph.D. 2000-13
Alexander Bryan, D.Min. 2013-
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