The Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg has been confirmed as Interim President, effective July 1, 2009, by the Board of Trustees of Disciples Seminary Foundation (DSF). DSF’s Executive Committee, responsible for naming an interim, stated clearly at the Board’s February 19 meeting that Dr. Rodenberg is being called to serve as an intentional interim with the purpose of guiding DSF through its recently adopted strategic plan. Dr. Rodenberg is highly suited to this role, having moderated the task force charged with the plan’s design. An open executive search process will be initiated in 2010.
Dr. Rodenberg has been serving as the Dean of DSF in Claremont since 2006. She is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with experience in pastoral ministry and theological education. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University, studied at United Theological College in Bangalore, India, finished her M. Div. at Lexington Theological Seminary, and earned her Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.
Before joining the DSF staff, Dr. Rodenberg served in congregational ministry in the U.S. as well as in mission for the Global Ministries Board of the Christian Church (DOC) in the Kingdom of Swaziland, Africa. Additionally, she has been an executive consultant to the South African Council of Churches, a member of the Social and Economic Development Committee of Church World Service, a member of the General Minister and President’s 21st Century Visioning Team, and most recently a denominational representative to the National Faith and Order Commission. Dr. Rodenberg has taught at the United Theological Education College in South Africa and currently teaches courses at DSF partner institutions Claremont School of Theology and San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Dr. Rodenberg has said that she is honored to accept the responsibility of leading DSF through this important transition period.