Jon L. Berquist has been named the new president of Disciples Seminary Foundation. Berquist was approved by the Board of Trustees at their Oct. 21, 2010 meeting after an extensive search by the DSF Executive Search Committee.
Berquist grew up in First Christian Church, Ventura, Calif. and is an ordained Disciples minister. He received a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Christian University, in Eugene, Ore., and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He taught Old Testament at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Okla., where he served as associate professor and associate dean. For the last 16 years, he has worked in religious publishing at Chalice Press and Westminster John Knox Press, specializing in biblical studies, theology, and preaching.
Berquist will be moving to Claremont, Calif. with his wife, Sally G. Willis-Watkins, a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He will assume leadership responsibility for DSF beginning Feb. 1, 2011. For more information on the Disciples Seminary Foundation, go to: www.dsf.edu