Northern Thanks Alistair Brown on the Occasion of His Retirement

Northern Seminary President Alistair Brown, Ph.D., announced last fall that he would retire at the close of a 2015-2016 sabbatical year. With his departure, the Northern community expresses our deep gratitude for the indelible impact Dr. Brown has made.

On behalf of the board, James Stellwagen, Chair of the Board of Trustees, says,

“President Brown has been an innovative leader for Northern. Under his guidance, the Northern community has transitioned through these tough economic times with fresh approaches, creative solutions, and new programs. I am grateful for the great contributions he has made and pray the Lord’s favor on this next season of his life.”

Dr. Brown began as President in September 2008, addressing head-on many of the challenges brought by the economic downturn. His eight years of ministry and leadership has impacted Northern’s faculty, staff, and students, as well as the countless churches, alumni, and friends who have enjoyed his preaching and pastoral care.

Dr. Karen Walker Freeburg shares,

“Alistair Brown’s impact on Northern has been significant. Under his leadership, Northern has become known for its creative programs and nimble responsiveness to the challenges facing theological education. His wisdom regarding how to release gifts for leadership among the staff and Cabinet changed the face of Northern. Creativity, wisdom, and joy became the marks of our life together. Thank you, Dr. Brown for investing into the Kingdom of God at Northern. Your absence will be greatly felt.”

Marilyn Mast Hewitt, Registrar and Director of Student Services, has been at Northern for many years and shares her thoughts on Dr. Brown’s retirement,

“Every President of Northern Seminary leaves a legacy, and Dr. Brown is no exception. We are grateful that he and Alison were willing to be “transplanted” to the U.S. so that Alistair could lead Northern for the past seven years. He has taught us many things and has shared his life and testimony with us. The staff will miss Alistair’s encouragement, caring presence, and personal engagement. We will also think fondly of Alison as spring comes and we see the Prayer Garden and other areas that she has nurtured on campus come to life. We wish the Browns God’s blessing as they move into their next ministry.”

A formal recognition of Dr. Brown’s contributions to Northern will take place the weekend of commencement in June. Please keep Alistair and his wife Alison in prayer as they prepare to return to the U.K. this summer.

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