Dr. Karen Sawyer Elected Chair of the Biblical Seminary Board of Trustees
PHILADELPHIA, October 14, 2014—The Board of Trustees of Biblical Seminary elected Dr. Karen Sawyer to serve as the eighth board chair in its 43-year history. Dr. Sawyer is the seminary’s first female board chair, succeeding Mr. Joe Longo (MA ’90), a businessman from New Jersey. Mr. Longo will remain on the seminary board.
Dr. Karen Sawyer, assistant professor in physical therapy at Arcadia University, graduated from Biblical Seminary’s counseling program in 1991 and has been on the board since 1994. “BTS is trying to reach out in new ways to marginalized people. To follow the heartbeat of God is to be in the margins of society with the poor, destitute, sick, economically deprived, and abused. We should be who he is. I see that the seminary is doing this, and it’s a privilege to be a part of it… I work with an amazing group of people on the board. I love it,” said Sawyer.
Sawyer brings a wealth of experience. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Arcadia, she also counsels and oversees student service trips to Jamaica, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Morocco as a part of curriculum requirements for an experiential program she developed. Over 250 Arcadia students have provided care to men, women, and children with neurological disabilities and some with orthopedic problems. In 2004, Sawyer led efforts to launch a clinic in St. Elizabeth Parish where one of her students has served since graduating.
“Karen’s humility and wisdom characterize her leadership style. I look forward to working alongside of her in this next season of the seminary’s ministry. I’m honored she accepted the invitation,” said Dr. Frank A. James III, President of Biblical Seminary.
Mr. Timothy Haahs, elected as vice chair, joined the board of trustees in 2008. He is the president and CEO of TimHaahs, a multi-disciplined engineering and architectural design firm. He is also the founding pastor of Calvary Vision Church.
“Tim is one of the remarkable leaders of our generation. He strives for excellence in every realm of his life. As both a business leader and a pastor, he points others to Jesus,” said Thom Skinner, Vice President for Development.
Biblical Seminary, established in 1971, is an evangelical seminary committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ and a generously orthodox Christian faith for the purpose of preparing missional leaders to serve the church. Biblical Seminary offers graduate degrees and certificates in divinity, theology, biblical studies, counseling, and ministry.