Columbia Theological Seminary Names New President

Source: Presbyterian Mission

Columbia Theological Seminary announces that the Rev. Dr. Victor Aloyo will become Columbia’s 11th president effective August 1.

“Victor Aloyo brings a passion for God’s work in the church and the world that resonates with Columbia’s deep commitment to preparing leaders. His experience in congregational ministry equips him to understand the hopes and challenges for local pastors, and his experience at Princeton Seminary prepares him for leadership in theological education,” said the Rev. Dr. Millie Snyder, search committee chair, executive pastor at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Columbia Seminary Board of Trustees member. “I believe Victor Aloyo will lead Columbia to embody God’s vision for our future. Victor conveys an excitement that embodies hope for the role Columbia will have in the church, in the community, and in the world.”

Currently, Rev. Aloyo serves as the Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity & Community engagement at Princeton Theological Seminary. During his tenure at Princeton Seminary, he has developed a Diversity Action Blueprint which serves as a resource for the seminary to establish goals, objectives, and assessment criteria to strengthen multicultural relations across departmental lines. Additionally, he initiated and led the seminary’s campus-wide antiracism formational platforms focusing on matters of race, power, privilege, stereotypes, and justice.

In addition to his academic responsibilities, Rev. Aloyo is the founding and lead pastor of La Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras, a multicultural community of faith in North Plainfield, New Jersey.

“I am drawn to Columbia Theological Seminary because I believe with its long and rich history it is positioned to serve a vital purpose of leading the theological academy by preparing people for innovative, creative and substantive leadership,” Aloyo said. “My call to ministry embraces important principles of adaptive leadership, innovation in strategic planning, trust-building, equitable distribution of resources, and access to education.”

“With the collaboration of trustees, students, faculty, administrators, alumni, community organizers, faith leaders, and donors, I intend to serve to equip the saints for ministry,” Rev. Aloyo said. “The vision statement recently approved excites me and it speaks to my passion for continuing to explore and model how God intersects our common call at all levels of the teaching-learning-serving paradigm.”

Rev. Aloyo’s community involvement includes serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Presbyterian Foundation, Family Promise, the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, the Muhlenberg Foundation, and Convener of the Covenant Architects Network.

He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Sociology from the College of New Rochelle, an Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation research focused on navigating diversity and inclusion within a framework of social justice.

“Victor Aloyo’s pastoral presence and his experience with DEI and leading multicultural communities of faith will help Columbia realize its vision of becoming a community of belonging,” said the Rev. Dr. Jane Fahey, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “He has the skills and experience necessary to guide Columbia toward its third century.”

Source: Presbyterian Mission