Provost Appointed to Lead Academic Programs and Launch Women’s Studies at Northern Seminary

Upon the faculty’s unanimous recommendation, the Northern Seminary Board of Trustees announces the appointment of Dr. Lynn Cohick to be Provost, Dean of Academic Affairs, and Professor of New Testament. She begins January 19, 2021.

Dr. Cohick holds degrees from Messiah College (Grantham, PA) (B.A.) and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.). Lynn began her teaching career at Messiah College. Her first seminary teaching experience occurred at the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (Nairobi, Kenya), where she taught pastors and church leaders from across the continent of Africa. Lynn taught New Testament at Wheaton College for 18 years, after which she served as Provost and Academic Dean at Denver Seminary. In 2015, she taught a New Testament course at Northern Seminary. Lynn will also soon be a featured instructor on the new streaming video platform Seminary Now ( Lynn says, “I am excited to join the amazing team of scholars and students at Northern Seminary. I am eager to participate in Northern’s collaborative culture to serve and strengthen its mission to lead the church and engage the world.”

Dr. Cohick’s appointment comes following a national search led by Dr. Ava Ivy, Chief Administrative Officer, and Dr. William Shiell, President of Northern Seminary. Ava said, “Lynn’s international mission experience, her biblical scholarship, academic administration, along with her commitment to the values of Northern Seminary make her a superlative choice for Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs. I look forward to working alongside her to continue to progress Northern’s mission.”

Interim Dean Ivan Hartsfield agrees: “Over these recent months, I have had the privilege of engaging with Northern Seminary’s Beloved Community of students, trustees, partners, faculty, and staff. As an alum, I desired to use my gifts and talents to give back to Northern. When asked by Dr. Shiell to step in as Interim Dean of Academic Affairs, I was both honored and excited. My role has focused on the academic side of preparing leaders to lead the church and engage the world. It has been both challenging and rewarding. In my experience, Northern Seminary’s commitment to ethnic and gender diversity continues to be the institution’s abiding value. That is why I enthusiastically support the new Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs selection, Dr. Lynn Cohick. Her experience, scholarship, and commitment to the values of Northern position her well to lead the seminary’s academic agenda well into the future.”

President William Shiell praised Dr. Cohick’s cross-cultural teaching experience, commitment to the church, and administrative expertise. “We sensed God’s providential work bringing Northern and Lynn together. Dr. Cohick is a highly-regarded administrator, world-class scholar, and committed follower of Jesus Christ. She brings a global perspective and passion for the church that will enhance Northern’s mission.”

In addition to her work as Provost and Dean, Lynn will be working with the faculty to design a women’s studies program at Northern. She will also be teaching in the New Testament program alongside Dr. Scot McKnight and Dr. Nijay Gupta.

Dr. Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Chair of New Testament, says, “Lynn Cohick, an accomplished New Testament scholar and a specialist about women in the 1st and 2nd Century, is a dream come true for me. I have known her Christian integrity, her scholarship, her wise administrative skills, and her professionalism for more than a decade. Our students will quickly discover Dr. Cohick to be an advocate for women in ministry and the significance of diverse voices in the curriculum.”

Dr. David Fitch, Betty R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, concurs, “I am thankful for Dr. Lynn Cohick coming to Northern Seminary. A gifted leader, she brings an abundance of experience navigating the current challenges of theological education. Her extraordinary scholarship in New Testament studies adds much to our growing Biblical studies programs. And most importantly, she loves the church of Jesus Christ. I look very much forward to working with her at Northern.”

Dr. Bob Price, faculty representative to the Academic Committee of the Board of Trustees, says, “Dr. Lynn Cohick is an exceptional leader.  She comes to Northern with strong administrative skills and teaching gifts in NT studies.  She is ideal for the Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs role.”

Dr. Nijay Gupta agrees, “Dr. Lynn Cohick is a world-renowned scholar whose work I have recommended to students and colleagues countless times. She is also an impressive leader in higher education. I have no doubt Northern Seminary will be propelled forward by her leadership, and I know our students are eager to learn from her in the classroom.”

Lynn has authored seven books and numerous scholarly chapters and articles. Most recently, she has published the Ephesians commentary in the New International Commentary on the New Testament Series.  Along with co-author Amy Hughes, Lynn has written Christian Women in the Patristic World: their Influence, Authority, and Legacy in the Second through Fifth Centuries. Dr. Cohick also serves as the President of the Institute for Biblical Research.

Northern Seminary was founded in 1913 and offers an innovative educational model that is international, interracial, and intercultural. Through its Northern Live delivery system, the seminary reaches students in 40 states, 7 countries, and 5 centers. The seminary provides accredited education for students seeking to lead the church and engage the world.


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