Fond Farewell to Dean David Mellott


Dean David M. Mellott will depart Lancaster Theological Seminary in June as he accepts an appointment to become President of Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis on July 1, 2019.  

Dean Mellott joined Lancaster Seminary 14 years ago in 2005 as Associate Director of Continuing Education. In 2011, he was named the 14th Dean of the Seminary and Vice President of Academic Affairs. He began teaching part-time, and because of his excellent teaching, publishing, and service, he earned the status of full professor.

Lancaster Seminary President Carol E. Lytch describes some of the many contributions Dean Mellott has made to our school:

“Our Dean has contributed to the Seminary in a variety of significant ways. He is known especially for developing a robust program of ministerial and theological formation. He will be remembered for designing with the faculty the two-track Bi-Vocational MDiv Program that gives greater access to students who continue paid employment as they study. He has championed the values of the Seminary, especially our commitments to diversity and inclusivity. He has advanced the strategic goals of the Seminary and, most recently, led the initiative to bring the Pennsylvania Academy for Ministry under our umbrella. He was instrumental in creating a new partnership with the Stevenson School for Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania for Anglican certification.

“Dean Mellott has provided the welcome and orientation for new classes of students and has shepherded our seminarians through their education and formation. His teaching in a variety of subjects such as Formation, Qualitative Research, Worship, and Philosophy will have a lasting impact on many lives in ministry. His leadership in chapel worship has imprinted a love of liturgy, sacraments, and joyful congregational music. He exemplifies the invitation, ‘No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.’

“We give thanks to God for the blessing of sharing the journey with Dean David Mellott and send him off with our love and prayers for his future service in Christ’s mission.”