Rev. Dr. Barbara Blodgett to be installed

The Rev. Dr. Barbara J. Blodgett will be installed Saturday, Jan. 19, as the Donald and Lillian Nunnelly Assistant Professor of Pastoral Leadership.

The service begins at noon in the Sanders Chapel on campus.  Those attending are welcome to stay for lunch in Fellowship Hall afterwards.

Faculty, staff, trustees, and retired faculty and staff should arrive early so that they may join the academic procession.

Dr. Blodgett will deliver an installation address titled “On Not Going It Alone: Building Community in the Congregations of the Future.”

Dr. Blodgett joined the Seminary faculty in 2012. A Ph.D. graduate of Yale University, Department of Religious Studies, Ethics Program, Dr. Blodgett was most recently a lecturer in the SAGES Program at Case Western University. Dr. Blodgett also served as director of supervised ministries at Yale Divinity School, where she earned a Master of Divinity degree. Dr. Blodgett recently served as minister for vocation and formation in the national setting of the United Church of Christ and served as associate pastor at First Congregational Church (UCC) in Amherst, Mass.  Her teaching experience also includes roles at Yale University Graduate School, Mount Holyoke College and Yale College. Dr. Blodgett is a respected author of three books and numerous publications on the subjects of pastoral ethics, worship practices, field education and other areas pertinent to ministry.

The Donald and Lillian Nunnelly Chair in the Practice of Ministry was established in 2003 with a $1.2 million anonymous gift in honor of the Nunnellys, LTS graduates who have served in various leadership roles on the regional and general levels in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit