The Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio, has announced the appointment of Michael Joseph Brown as its next president. The seminary was founded in 1894 by leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church “for the purpose of promoting education, religion, and morality by the education of persons for the Christian ministry and missionaries for the redemption of Africa and other foreign lands.” Today, the seminary enrolls 189 students in master of divinity and doctor of divinity programs.
Since 2015, Dr. Brown has been serving as academic dean and interim president at the seminary. Previously, he was an associate professor of New Testament and Christian origins at Emory University in Atlanta. Earlier, he was an associate dean at Wabash College in Crawfordsville. Indiana. Dr. Brown is the author of four books including Blackening of the Bible: The Aims of African American Biblical Scholarship (Bloomsbury, 2004).
Dr. Brown is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds a master of divinity degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.