New President FAQ
Who is the new president? What qualifications does he have and why was he chosen?
For complete information about Dr. Mark Young, including his background and passions, please refer to his bio.
As stated by Board Chair, Kirk Douglas: "Dr. Young brings a unique view of mission and transformation that matches the mission and values of Denver Seminary. He embodies the image of Dr. Vernon Ground's bold and defining statement:
‘Here is no unanchored liberalism
-- freedom to think without commitment.
Here is no encrusted dogmatism
-- commitment without freedom to think.
Here is a vibrant evangelicalism
-- commitment with freedom to think
within the limits laid down in Scripture.'
"Dr. Young carries the distinctive ability to intelligently answer and respond to both sides of an issue. We are excited that the legacy and mission of Denver Seminary will continue, and are hopeful about what God will do in this next chapter of our history."
What is the new president's immediate vision for the short-term future of the Seminary?
Dr. Young states: "While I have an obvious passion for missions, I have no predetermined agenda for change. It is my desire to spend the next six months learning the culture of Denver Seminary, exploring both its values and its strengths, so that I become a fully invested part of the community. Then, together, we can develop a clearer vision and direction for the future of the Seminary."
When and where will I have the opportunity to meet the new president?
Dr. Young begins his term as president July 1, 2009. We are currently developing a series of events to allow alumni, givers and friends of the Seminary the opportunity to meet and interact with Dr. Young and his wife Priscilla. Events will be posted on Denver Seminary's website, and invitations will be sent in a timely manner.
How will the transition from Gordon MacDonald to Mark Young occur?
Gordon MacDonald will continue to serve in full capacity as Interim President through June 30, 2009. He is the point person for presidential decisions until that time. Pastor MacDonald will preside over the spring 2009 commencement ceremonies in May, and will head the Seminary's birthday and anniversary celebrations for Dr. Vernon Grounds and his wife Ann in June.
The Board of Trustees is working with Gordon and Gail MacDonald in the hope of finding a future role which will meaningfully capture their pastoral gifts for service at Denver Seminary.
Dr. Mark Young will begin his term as Denver Seminary's seventh president in a fulltime capacity on July 1, 2009.