Category: Announcement

Dr. Strait Accepts Faculty Position in Indiana

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute celebrates the appointment of Dr. Drew Strait as Assistant Professor of New Testament at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. The AMBS announcement describes what every one of his EI students already knows: Dr. Strait is a masterful teacher, an excellent scholar, and a passionate follower of Jesus.

Arriving in 2013 as a doctoral candidate still completing his dissertation, Strait taught Greek, Orientation to Biblical Studies, and New Testament (13 classes in all), becoming Professor of New Testament (part-time) and receiving the Dunning Distinguished Lecturer award. Students have regularly penned accolades on their course evaluations such as brilliant, wonderful, excellent, fantastic, and exceptional. He will be sorely missed at St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute, but his legacy will remain: students, colleagues, and alums whose understanding and love of Scripture grew deeper and stronger through Dr. Strait’s teaching.


EI Alumni Day 2018

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute will hold its 4th Annual Alumni Day on Saturday, October 6, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm.  Beginning with a prayer service and ending with lunch, the event will include a presentation by Rev. Chris Skinner, PhD. Dr. Skinner was a member of the EI faculty from 2005 through 2010 and was named the Dunning Distinguished Lecturer for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship during the 2008-2009 academic year. Many will remember him as their dynamic and engaging New Testament professor. Dr. Skinner is currently Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago. Go HERE for details or to register.


New EI Staff Member

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Rebecca Hancock as our new Coordinator of Communications, Operations, and Student Services. Dr. Hancock is well known to students and faculty, having served here as an instructor in Old Testament for 7  years. With a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary and a Ph. D. from Harvard University, Dr. Hancock brings a wealth of experience in theological education. While she will continue serving as a part-time instructor in the EI, the new position will allow her to invest even more fully in theological formation.

Dean Brent Laytham said “Dr. Hancock has come into a newly reshaped position with increased responsibilities, and she is already defining it with creativity and excellence.”


EI Alumni Day Saturday, Sept. 30

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute will hold its 3rd Annual Alumni Day on Saturday, September 30, 8:30 am – 1 pm.  Beginning with a prayer service and ending with lunch, the event will include a presentation by Rev. Dennis Edwards, PhD. A member of the EI faculty from 2006 through 2012, Dr. Edwards was back on campus this summer as one of the instructors for the EI’s DMin course. Many may well remember him as a dynamic and engaging Hebrew Bible professor. Dr. Edwards is currently Senior Pastor of Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis, MN.  Alumni Day is sponsored by the EI Alumni Council.

Register Now and enjoy time and fellowship back on campus.