Meri MacLeod

 Meri MacLeod
Address101 East 13th Street
Holland, MI 49423

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Director of Distance Learning, Western Theological Seminary

B.S., Bridgewater State College,
M.R.E., Gordon-Conwell Seminary,
Ph.D., Trinity International University,

Dr. MacLeod has served on the staff of three congregations, an urban/suburban transitional congregation, a large multi-staff, suburban congregation of several thousand both in the Boston area, and a new church plant in Phoenix. In each church Meri led the congregation into new ministries, instituted new programs and created new leadership development practices. In addition, she has led university campus ministries on two state universities and expanded the work into graduate and international student groups. She pioneered a new collaborative-style partnership ministry between congregations and a national parachurch organization providing new ministry resources, consulting and leadership development. The congregational training and resources were developed out of a national research study she designed and conducted while pursuing her doctorate. She has published an interactive Bible Study series designed for a postmodern culture and is a co-author of a discipleship handbook. She is a frequent speaker and trainer and serves on the Board and Executive Committee of Presbyterians for Renewal. Meri has been an Assistant Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, the Dean of an adult education program in a Christian university and is currently Special Doctoral Faculty at Colorado State University where she is mentoring a PhD candidate in qualitative research.

At Western, Dr. MacLeod is the Director of Distance Learning, where she oversees the new distance learning Master of Divinity program. Under her leadership, the Distance Learning program was highly praised by The Accrediting Commision of the Association of Theological Schools as “Sets New Standard in Distance Learning”. She is also Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and teaches in the area of congregational change and postmodern culture.

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