UF Grad Named Winebrenner Theological Seminary President
The Board of Trustees of Winebrenner Theological Seminary has announced the selection of the Seminary’s next president, the Rev. Dr. Brent C. Sleasman. Sleasman will begin his service on December 1, following the retirement of Winebrenner’s current president, Dr. David E. Draper.
Originally from Fayette County in southwestern Pennsylvania, Sleasman earned a Bachelor Arts in Speech from The University of Findlay; a Master of Divinity from Winebrenner Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in rhetoric from Duquesne University in 2007. He is currently an associate professor in the School of Communication and the Arts at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Additional duties include serving as basic course director and director of Gannon’s Master of Arts in Health Communication. Sleasman has also taught courses at Owens Community College in Findlay, The University of Findlay, Winebrenner Theological Seminary, as well as numerous other colleges and universities.
Sleasman is editor of an upcoming volume exploring Albert Camus’ philosophy of communication, author of “Albert Camus’ Philosophy of Communication: Making Sense in an Age of Absurdity” and contributing author to “Critical Insights: Albert Camus’ The Stranger: Critical Essays,” and the “Journal of the Albert Camus Society.” Other publications have appeared in “The Electronic Church in the Digital Age: Cultural Impacts of Evangelical Mass Media,” as well as the Sage Encyclopedia of Identity and the Social History of American Families. He serves on the editorial board of the “Journal of Communication and Religion,” is ordained in the Allegheny Region of the Churches of God, General Conference and has served in several pastoral roles.
Sleasman writes, “I am humbled to assist Winebrenner Theological Seminary in creating a Christ-centered environment where faculty engage in high quality teaching, thought-provoking scholarship, and local and international service. My goal is to lead an institution where graduates are equipped to serve God locally and globally in His ministry of reconciliation.”
Dr. Draper, gave his congratulations, noting that, “Dr. Sleasman brings great academic credentials, expertise, and pastoral experience which will fit well for leading in fulfillment of WTS’ mission …by preparing servant leaders of the Lord Jesus Christ for effective ministry in the Church and the world.”
Sleasman and his wife Julie have three children. He will be formally installed as president at a special service to be held at a later date.