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Whitworth names its new dean of spiritual life

On Dec. 11, Whitworth announced that the Rev. Forrest Buckner will be the university’s next dean of spiritual life and campus pastor, replacing Terry McGonigal, who now directors the Office of Church Engagement.

Forrest begins his duties in July 2015. 

He looks forward to working with people in the community, as well as being a part of an institution that investigates the holistic development of mind and heart.

“I see it as an invitation to surrender to God’s rule over one’s entire life and participate by the Spirit in Christ’s ongoing redeeming work in the world,” said Forrest, a native of Boulder, Colo.

He earned civil and mechanical engineering degrees at Colorado School of Mines in Golden. He was director of high school ministry and then director of student and family ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Boulder.

He earned a master of divinity degree at Fuller Seminary in 2012, and then moved with his wife, Janelle, and three children to St. Andrews, Scotland, to complete his studies in systematic and historical theology. He will earn a doctoral degree there in July 2015.

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