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LTSP Notes: June 2015

Staff Changes at LTSP

The Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton

Effective July 1, 2015, David will fully transition to his new appointment of Vice President for Planning, Assessment, and Administration. David began assuming some of this responsibility in April. In his new role he will oversee the development and execution of the seminary’s strategic plan to accomplish its mission to educate public leaders for a public church in a changed and changing world. He will work with senior administrators to develop tools to assess performance for all areas of the seminary’s operations. He will coordinate and support the work of the Administrative Council. David will lead the preparation and submission of accreditation reports and function as primary liaison to accrediting agencies and the US Department of Education. He will also serve as supervisor to the Director of Operations and the Director of Communications.

Alice Popovic

Effective May 15, 2015, Alice transitioned to her new appointment of Graduate School Administrator. In this role, she will function under the direction of the Dean and work with those appointed to direct the various programs of the Graduate School. Alice will manage the administrative records of the Graduate School and in cooperation with the Admissions Director and Director of Communications, develop publicity material, including the advanced degree webpages. Alice will assist the Dean to coordinate the efforts with other institutions with which the seminary has agreements related to advanced graduate education. Alice joined the seminary in 2007 as Administrative Assistant for Enrollment Services. Most recently, she has been the Administrative Assistant for the Graduate School and provided administrative support to the Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton, who led as Director for Graduate Studies.

Craig Eisenhard

Effective June 1, 2015, Craig will transition to the seminary as a staff member. He has been appointed to serve as the Director of Operations, under the direction of the Vice President for Planning, Assessment, and Administration. He will continue in his management of the Facilities and Grounds department. In addition, Craig will manage our Security. The security staff will continue under the daily supervision of Chief Vincent Ferguson. Chief Ferguson will report to and work with Craig to provide the campus with the level of excellence we have come to rely upon. Craig began with the seminary in April, under the employ of PeopleShare staffing. It didn’t take long for him to assess the needs of the campus and develop a proposal of budget saving measures that will be beneficial in our strategic planning.

Mariam Ibrahim Nowar

Effective July 1, 2015, Mariam will be promoted to Director of Finance. Mariam began her appointment as Business Office Manager last year and has continued to demonstrate her financial acumen through her work with John Heidgerd, CFO. Mariam has been able to handle the challenges of managing the seminary’s budgetary demands while learning new software and assuming additional responsibilities. In addition, she provides financial management support to the staff of LACAP.

The Rev. Allison DeForest

Effective July 1, 2015, Allison will join the seminary as part-time staff member. She has been appointed to serve as the Coordinator of DMin Studies for the Graduate School, and will work closely with Alice Popovic, Graduate School Administrator, to assist with the maintenance of DMin files, student communications, annual questionnaires, and course evaluations. She will sit on the Graduate Studies Committee of the faculty. She will assist in organizing and teaching the annual DMin Colloquia and Graduate Intensives. Pr. DeForest is a recurring adjunct for the seminary.

Robert Hensil

Bob Hensil, User Support Technician, retired May 29, 2015 after 14 years of serving the LTSP community. Bob joined the seminary in May 2001 and instantly became an integral part in keeping the technological infrastructure of the community “up and running”. Bob has been Kyle Barger’s right hand and knows all of LTSP’s computers and AV equipment. The seminary would not have successful meetings, classes, Skype sessions, or technical support without his expertise. According to Bob, he plans to spend a lot of future summers at his place on the upper Delaware River working on the property, doing some reading, tubing, boating, and fishing. He also has a long list of unfinished projects for his home in Havertown. When his wife The Rev. Cheryl Hensil (MDiv 2005) retires in the next few years, they anticipate doing some traveling. While it is hard to see Bob leave, the seminary community thanks him for 14 years of dedicated service, and wishes him blessings and happiness in his retirement.

Faculty Notes

The Rev. Dr. Wayne E. Croft, Sr.The Rev. Wayne E. Croft, Sr., DMin, PhD
Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies

Dr. Croft and St. Paul’s Baptist Church, the congregation he pastors in West Chester, PA, were highlighted in an article on From the article:

WHEN THE REV. Wayne E. Croft Sr. first visited St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester about three years ago, the phrase “limitless possibilities” jumped into his head.
“I saw a campus, a facility, a congregation that had so much to offer, not only to church members but to the community,” he said. “The members here have a heart for God and humankind.”


Dr. Croft  contributed this month’s “Reflection” in PS Portions.


The Rev. Dr. Karyn WisemanThe Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman
Associate Professor of Homiletics and Director of United Methodist Studies

Presenter for “A Father’s Love” with Rev. Frank Schaffer at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (May 2, 2015) – led two workshops on “Clobber Passages: Homosexuality and the Bible.”

Lead two workshops, “Worship by Design,” at Ministry Day for UTI at LTSP, June 13, 2015.

Preaching dates:

May 3 – Preached at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Tedford, PA

May 16 – Preached for Jay Mitchell’s Ordination Service, Grace Epiphany Episcopal Church, Philadelphia

May 31 – Preached at Christ Lutheran Church in Oreland, PA

June 14 – Women’s Day Speaker at Reformation Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, PA


Dr. Michael Krentz, AiMDr. Michael Krentz, AIM
Director of Music Ministries and Seminary Cantor, Director of the TEEM Program

Michael Krentz was elected to a two year term as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. He was also elected to a second term as Dean of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

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