Dr. Christopher A. Hall, Chancellor at Palmer Seminary's parent institution, Eastern University, on July 1 will begin a term of service as Acting Dean at Palmer Seminary. Dr. Hall, who will continue to hold the title of Chancellor of Eastern University, has for several years been among the University's most decorated and most popular professors. He has a BA in history (UCLA), an MA in Biblical Studies (Fuller Theological Seminary), a Th.M. (Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.), an M.Phil. (Drew University), and a Ph.D. (Systematic and Historical Theology, Drew University).
Dr. Hall has served in the pastorate overseas (in France, for 5 years) and in Canada (British Columbia, for 2 years). He served as Director of Pastoral Care at New Jersey's only state gero-psychiatric hospital and has ministered in Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, the Middle-East, and Canada in addition to the United States.
Said Dr. Hall, "I consider it an honor to have the opportunity to provide leadership to a school that for so many years has provided leadership for the church of Jesus Christ. I'm committed to do my best to help Palmer Seminary continue to strive toward excellence."
Dr. Hall is the author or editor of numerous books, including Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: The Gospel of Mark, with Thomas C. Oden (InterVarsity Press, June, 1998); Reading the Scripture with the Fathers (InterVarsity Press, September, 1998); Realized Religion: Research on Religion and Health, with Theodore Chamberlain (Templeton Foundation Press, Fall 2000); Ancient and Postmodern Christianity, with Kenneth Tanner (IVP, 2002); Learning Theology with the Church Fathers (InterVarsity Press, 2002); The Trinity, with Roger Olson (Eerdmans, 2002); Worshiping with the Church Fathers (InterVarsity Press, 2010); Does God Have a Future: A Debate on Divine Providence, with John Sanders (Baker Academic, 2003); and Ancient Christian Texts: Homilies on Numbers - Origen, with Thomas P. Sheck (IVP, 2009). Dr. Hall also served as the associate editor of the 29-volume Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (ACCS).
He co-authored (with Dr. David Fraser) Making Room for God:Spiritual Formation for Christian Leaders (The Center for Organizational Excellence, Eastern College, 1997), a modularized audio and print curriculum recently adopted by the Christian College Coalition.
Chris serves as a member of the editorial council for Christianity Today. In addition to books, he has written numerous articles and reviews for Christianity Today, Catalyst, Christian History, inMinistry, Books and Culture, Christian Scholars Review, Modern Theology, and Crux.
Dr. Hall is a member of the Episcopal Church. He and his wife, Debbie, have three grown children: Nathan, Nathalie, and Joshua.