[Bexley Seabury press release] Bexley Seabury, one of 10 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church, today announced the Rev. Scott Stoner has joined its faculty as affiliate professor of practical theology. In addition to course development and teaching, Stoner will contribute to student formation programs and community building. Founding president and executive director of the Samaritan Foundation for Church and Family Wellness, Stoner is the creator of Living Compass, a faith-based wellness ministry serving individuals, families, and congregations. He is former rector of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2001–2008), and a seasoned pastoral counselor and family therapist.
“We are thrilled to welcome Scott Stoner to Bexley Seabury,” said President Roger Ferlo. “Dr. Stoner’s understanding of the church as the original wellness center and his grasp of the spiritual and pastoral skills needed to lead the church in today’s culture align perfectly with our mission to equip leaders for the church we are becoming.”
“My ministry and that of Bexley Seabury are entirely congruent,” Stoner said. “Bexley Seabury exemplifies the strength-based, adaptive leadership that comes from wholeness—the ideal model for emerging leaders who are facing the challenge of finding new ways of being church. I’m delighted to return to Bexley Seabury at such a dynamic time in its long history, at the cutting edge of theological education.”
A Bexley Seabury alum (M.Div. Seabury-Western ’81), Stoner earned a D.Min. in Pastoral Psychotherapy (’85) at Chicago Theological Seminary, where Bexley Seabury will consolidate in July. Stoner also earned a Post-Graduate Certificate in Applied Family Systems Thinking at Family Therapy Training Institute (’08), Milwaukee. He is author of “Your Living Compass: Living Well in Thought, Word, and Deed” (Morehouse/Church Publishing, 2014) and primary author of Advent and Lenten devotionals published annually by Living Compass. Stoner introduced his “Words of Wellness” email column in 2008; it now reaches 5,000 people each week.
Bexley Seabury is an Episcopal center for learning and discipleship offering theological education in a generous spiritual and intellectual tradition. Our mission is to equip lay and ordained leaders for bold inquiry in service of the Gospel and active engagement in congregational and community life. In July 2016, Bexley Seabury will consolidate from its current two sites, in Chicago and Columbus, to a unified campus at 1407 East 60th Street, Chicago, Ill., 60637, becoming the sixth (sole Episcopal) seminary in the ecumenically and theologically diverse Hyde Park/Woodlawn area. Learn more at bexleyseabury.edu.