Dr. Craig Detweiler was formally installed as the third President of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology on Friday, March 9. Delegates, colleagues, friends, neighbors, and The Seattle School’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni all gathered to witness and participate in the inauguration ceremony.

“Tonight we honor the story of The Seattle School and the mission that compels us, and we gather to confirm the appointment of Dr. Craig Detweiler and affirm him in the role of stewarding that mission,” said Mike Anderson, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “This is a milestone moment for this institution, a moment we approach with reverence, humility, and gratitude.”

The installation ceremony included music, liturgy and prayer, charges to the President, and a presidential address. It was a solemn and moving occasion, grounded in The Seattle School’s mission and vision. “The text of Scripture is our ballast,” said Dr. Detweiler in his address, “the text of culture is the sea we navigate, and the soul of Jesus remains the center of our mission.”

You can stream the inauguration in its entirety here, or click the timestamps below to jump to particular segments. And don’t miss the beautiful gallery of photos from this memorable evening.


Dr. Derek McNeil
Senior Vice President of Academics

Mike Anderson
Chair, Board of Trustees

A Reading from the Psalms
Dr. J.P. Kang
Affiliate Faculty; Associate Pastor, Japanese Presbyterian Church

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles
Dr. Stephanie Neill
Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology

A Reading from the Letter to the Colossians
Dr. Angela Parker
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

Charge to the President
Dr. Roy Barsness
Professor of Counseling Psychology

Charissa Bradstreet (Master of Divinity, ‘04)
Senior Specialist, People and Organization Potential, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Special Music: Naomi Wachira (MA in Christian Studies, ‘10)
Afro-Folk Singer & Songwriter

Investiture Liturgy

Prayer of Consecration
Fil Anderson, MA
Trustee; Executive Director, Journey Resources

Prayer for the Family
Rev. Dr. John and Sharon McKeague
Trabuco Presbyterian Church

Community Blessing
Gus Peterson, MDiv
Director of Convocation, Pepperdine University

Presidential Address
Dr. Craig Detweiler

Hymn: Be Thou My Vision

Benediction and Passing the Peace
Dr. Richard L. Gathro, Trustee