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The Lexington Theological Seminary Board of Trustees has named Dr. Charisse Gillett the Seminary’
s 17th president, effective
Sept. 1.


“Dr. Gillett brings vision and energy for leading LTS with its innovative approach for preparing
men and women for congregational ministry. She brings a unique combination of experiences with
higher education, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and LTS. Her demonstrated leadership
abilities, her strategic and creative approach to issues, her commitment to students and
congregations, and her effective communication style are all qualities that clearly make Dr. Gillett
the right person to lead the Seminary as we move forward,” said LTS Board of Trustees member
Leslie Geoghegan, who chaired the presidential search committee.


Dr. Gillett has served as Vice President of Administration and Special Projects at LTS since
February 2010. Dr. Gillett has more than 20 years of successful administrative experience in higher
education, including service at Transylvania University, Midway College, Robert Morris College and
University of Northern Iowa. She holds a doctorate in education from Northern Illinois University. A
former moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she has been a commissioned minister
by the Christian Church in Kentucky since August 2010 and is Associate Minister at East Second
Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where her husband, LTS D.Min. alumnus Dr. Donald
Gillett II, serves as Senior Pastor. She is also a former LTS trustee and officer of the board.


“I am deeply committed to the church and to the work of the Seminary in shaping students for
ministry,” Dr. Gillett said. “I am excited about the future of the Seminary, and the students and
congregations we will be able to touch in the years to come as our program continues to grow in
dynamic ways. We have a wonderful team of faculty and staff who are dedicated to our students
and to the church, and I am looking forward to working closely with them and leading the
Seminary as we move forward into the next page of our story.”


Dr. Gillett’s appointment is a historic one in the 146-year history of LTS. She is the first woman and
first African-American to lead the Seminary as president.

“Dr. Gillett has an outstanding depth of knowledge and experience about the Seminary,” said LTS
Board of Trustees president Rev. Gary Kidwell. “LTS has a storied history of shaping people for
ministry, and with Dr. Gillett’s leadership, we look forward to an exciting future for the Seminary.”   
Dr. Charisse Gillett
Sunday School 9-950
Worship 10 am
Lexington African Church
Worship 3:30 pm
August  11    Youth Day. Sister
Kayla Ward Preaching.

August 18   Annual Church
Bar-B-Que at future home of East
Second Street Christian Church -
outdoor service in tent with food,
games to follow.

Faithful Sermon Series beginning
July 28 - come and join us.

Men's breakfast
August 3