ESR Announces Upcoming Retirement of Stephanie Crumley-Effinger

Stephanie Crumley-Effinger, Director of the Supervised Ministry program, will retire from her position at the close of the 2019-20 academic year. Stephanie has served in this role since 2000. She is a 1981 graduate of ESR, earned her B.A. from Earlham in 1977, and is a recorded Friends minister.

"Stephanie will be greatly missed at ESR," shared dean Matt Hisrich. "She has been a fixture of the faculty and the Earlham community for decades and shaped ESR’s Supervised Ministry capstone course for our Master of Divinity degree into the vibrant program it is today. Students will miss her spiritually grounded and practically-oriented guidance in both this course as well as in Discernment of Call and Gifts. The entire community will miss her regular contributions to worship and community life that have enriched ESR for so long. We wish her the best as she retires from ESR and trust that the gifts she has brought to us will continue to impact lives for many years to come."

"Being a member of the ESR faculty has been a source of much joy and growth, and I am grateful for each," Stephanie shared. "Both the specific responsibilities of my role and participation in seminary community life with its rhythms of worship, meals, classes, meetings with individuals and groups, special programs, and informal visits have provided rich engagement and learning. The most challenging (and a very rewarding) dimension of my work has been helping develop ESR's Access program. I have learned how to teach in online, video-conference, and 2-week intensive formats, and traveled each Spring Semester since 2005 to such distant places as Oregon, Rhode Island, Sweden, Iowa, Florida, and Texas to visit students during their internship year. Many thanks to ESR for all of these remarkable opportunities to connect with so many people both on and off campus to nurture students in fruitful use of their gifts and callings in ministry."

We hope you will join us in thanking Stephanie for her rich and lasting contributions to the ESR community as she moves into her last year as a member of our faculty.