On October 30, 2019, Dr. Felix Theonugraha was installed as the 12th president of Western Theological Seminary.
Excerpts from the presidential address, “Live Lives Worthy of the Calling”
…As we stand poised to enter the third decade of the 21st century, what does it mean for Western Theological Seminary to live lives worthy of the calling that we have received? After all, we find ourselves at a time of great transition in theological education, in our country, and in our world.
…First, let us continue to be an institution that exhibits a winsome, irenic, and generous Christianity. Let it flow from our actions, our words, and our very being.
…Second, let us continue to be an institution resolutely committed to the good news of salvation in Christ, as well as the ethics of the Kingdom of God for our daily lives. …I pray that our graduates may be happy recipients and messengers of a historic Christian faith passed down from generation to generation, holding firm to the inspired and infallible Word of God, while recognizing full well that we see through the glass darkly and therefore maintain a posture of epistemic humility in our daily engagement.
…Finally, let us continue to be an institution that participates responsibly with the movement of God’s Spirit around the world.
…Let us continue to be a seminary standing boldly on Christ alone, trusting Scripture alone, proclaiming a salvation that is through faith alone and by grace alone, and living according to the ethics of the Kingdom of God, an ethic that points this world toward its Creator and reminds the people of this world that they are loved, deeply loved, so loved that our God would sacrifice his one and Only Son so that we may be reconciled with God.
Join us as we boldly and courageously live lives that are worthy of our calling, out of obedience and faithfulness to God, for the sake of His Church and for the sake of His Creation. Amen.