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James E. Ehrman


James E. Ehrman, Dean and Assistant Professor of Leadership and Culture

“It is my conviction that Christianity is most true to itself when involved in the risky business of cultural engagement and hence my research, teaching, and strategic planning interests follow that idea.”

Serving as an adjunct at Evangelical Seminary since 2006, Jim was asked to join the faculty and administration full-time as the Dean of Academic Programs in 2016. In January 2018, he was appointed the Vice President of the Seminary while also holding an appointment as the Assistant Professor of Leadership and Culture.

Before the full-time move to Evangelical, Jim served as the Executive Director for Love146, an international anti-human trafficking organization headquartered in New Haven, CT—where he also served as the gubernatorial appointee to the State of Connecticut’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.

Before those roles, Jim served several years as the Executive Director of Yale University’s World Christianity Initiative. In that role he aided both Yale University and the Western Church at-large in its engagement with the explosive growth of the worldwide Church. Inspiration for that focus stemmed from his years of travel and work as an international service worker and later as Director of Global Ministries for the Evangelical Congregational Church–a role in which he facilitated a world-wide service workforce, relationships with several hundred international churches and non-profits, as well as relief and development works in several nations.

Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Masters of Arts in Religion from Yale University, and did his PhD studies at Eastern University, with an emphasis on global leadership. In his spare time, Jim enjoys home renovation projects and motorcycle rides—but rarely at the same time.

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