Episcopal Divinity School Names the Rev. Dr. Thomas Eoyang Jr. as Dean of Student and Community Life

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Eoyang

Episcopal Divinity School today announced the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Eoyang Jr. (MDiv ’03, DMin ’14) as the school’s dean of student and community life. The Rev. Dr. Eoyang will begin his appointment on June 1, 2015, and will reside on the EDS campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“We are thrilled to welcome Thomas Eoyang back to EDS as dean of student and community life,” said Interim President and Dean the Very Rev. Francis Fornaro (MDiv ’96). “As both an EDS alumnus and a pastoral leader, Thomas brings incredible insight and experience to the position. The dean of student and community life is so important in each student’s formation in lay or ordained ministry, and because Thomas has been there, both as an EDS student, as a scholar, and in parish ministry, I know he will be an invaluable asset to this community.”

The Rev. Dr. Eoyang earned both his MDiv and DMin degrees from Episcopal Divinity School. For the last seven years, he has served as rector of Grace Epiphany Church in Philadelphia. Previously he served as interim rector at Trinity Memorial Church in Philadelphia and as assistant to the rector at St. Peter’s Church in Glenside, PA. He was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Pennsylvania in 2004.

“I am very excited to return to the school that was so instrumental in my own formation,” said the Rev. Dr. Eoyang. “As dean of student and community life I look forward to working closely with students, faculty, staff, and EDS alumni/ae and friends and help to strengthen and grow this vibrant theological community.”

Prior to his ordination, the Rev. Dr. Eoyang worked in medical and health sciences publishing, most recently as editor-in-chief of nursing books in Philadelphia.

In addition to his EDS degrees, the Rev. Dr. Eoyang holds an MA in comparative literature from Stanford University, and graduated cum laude from Harvard College, where he studied English history and literature.

About Episcopal Divinity School

Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) is a progressive seminary and theological graduate school for lay and ordained leaders of all denominations. Committed to a mission of social justice and inclusive education and grounded in the Anglican tradition, EDS awards Masters’ degrees in Divinity and Theological Studies, Doctoral degrees in Ministry, and Certificates in Anglican Formation; Justice, Reconciliation, and Mission; and Christian Spiritualities for the Contemporary World.

EDS offers unparalleled flexibility in its programs. Students may complete their course of study as Traditional Learning students, in residence at the school’s historic Cambridge campus, or as Distributive Learning students, taking blended online classes and completing four weeks of intensive campus residency per year.

EDS graduates serve as lay and ordained ministers of the Episcopal Church as well as in other Christian denominations. They are also leaders in a variety of professions and industries, including non-profit executives, mental health professionals, social workers, community organizers, academics, artists, and writers, often in addition to their work as clergy or church leaders.

EDS is a member of the Boston Theological Institute, a consortium of ten eminent theological schools, seminaries, and departments of religion in the Boston area.

A seminary for the Episcopal Church, Episcopal Divinity School is grounded in the Anglican tradition and committed to growing in relationship with other Christian and faith traditions. Episcopal Divinity School is an academic community of biblical, historical, and theological inquiry that respects students as responsible learners with valuable experience, supports spiritual and ministerial formation, and provides tools for the life-long work of social and personal transformation.