Leadership & change
Recorded on March 28, 2017 (60 minutes)
How do you identify and deal with a crisis? Will fundraising save a seminary?
Join presenters David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary, and G. Douglass Lewis, president emeritus, as they answer these questions and share the valuable lessons they've learned in 35 years of leadership. Things are different now than they used to be, but lessons from the past are still crucial.

Registrants will receive a free copy of G. Douglass Lewis' book, Leadership and Change: A President's Story.

Dr. G. Douglass Lewis served 20 years as president of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He helped to transform Wesley's board of trustees and created a program of trustee development for the United Methodist seminaries.

After retiring in 2002 he helped design and served as dean of a program on Seminary Presidential Leadership for the Association of Theological Schools. He has consulted widely with seminaries in the areas of governance, leadership, strategic planning, and development. He has taught and written in the area of leadership, including a book, Meeting the Moment: Leadership and Well-Being in Ministry. He co-edited the ATS Handbook for Seminary Presidents. His latest book about his 20-year presidency, Leadership and Change: A President's Story, was published in the fall of 2016.


He joined the In Trust Center board of directors in 2003 and became the chair in 2005; in 2012, he was named Interim President. Under his leadership the organization received major funding from the Lilly Endowment.

He received a B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee; a B.D. from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a PhD from Duke University. He was a World Council of Churches Fellow at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Dr. David McAllister-Wilson is in his fifteenth year as President of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He has served for nearly 30 years in theological education and has helped make Wesley one of the nation's largest and leading theological schools, preparing approximately 1,300 men and women for ministry each year.

President McAllister-Wilson received a Bachelor of Arts in History from California State University, Northridge, in 1983. He earned his Master of Divinity degree in 1988 and Doctor of Ministry degree in 2001 from Wesley. An ordained elder in the Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, McAllister-Wilson's main areas of interest are revitalizing the mainline Protestant church and excellence in church leadership.

McAllister-Wilson wrote about the training and development of effective church leaders in a chapter of Christian Reflections on the Leadership Challenge, edited by James Kouzes and Barry Posner. He also contributed a chapter to A Handbook for Seminary Presidents, edited by G. Douglass Lewis and Lovett H. Weems, Jr., of Wesley's Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Most recently, he has contributed to the book: Religion, Terror, and Error: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement, by Doug Johnston of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy.

McAllister-Wilson has focused his preaching, speaking and consulting in an effort to revitalize the mainline Protestant church, helping to encourage men and women to consider God's call to ministry and preparing them for leadership. With a strong interest and focus on leadership development, particularly in local congregations, he helped to establish the G. Douglass Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley and has established a new presence for Wesley at Mount Vernon Square in downtown Washington to expand their programs in urban ministry and public theology.

Wesley is a free-standing seminary, one of the largest graduate theological schools in North America. Affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Wesley typically has 26 different denominations and over 20 countries represented in the student body. 43% of the student body is racial/ethnic minority, predominantly African-American. One of Wesley's primary commitments is to build a "communion in diversity." Wesley has shaped a faculty and seeks to foster a confident, progressive and gracious expression of the Christian faith.

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