Bishop Ruediger R. Minor came to the episcopacy with
experience as both seminary professor and local pastor. He was already
deeply committed to theological education when assigned to the Eurasia
"We must prepare pastors to preach the gospel persuasively
to analytical listeners," he declared. In 1994, building on an ecumenical
program initiated by Korean United Methodists in Moscow, the seminary
How Are They to Hear Without
a Preacher? -- Romans 10:14
In addition to some Russian professor, scholars from
Europe, Korea and the United States serve as visiting professors
at the seminary. The courses taught follow a program set by the
seminary administrator and include Old Testament, New Testament,
history, theology, Christian education, worship, sociology, and
pastoral counseling. The exact courses are determined through consultation
between the administrator and visiting professors.
Visiting professors must be United Methodist teaching at a seminary
or a professor at a United Methodist seminary. These scholars are
required to teach a minimum of four to six weeks. Through a translator,
professors lecture and conduct large and small group discussions.
Visiting professors from United Methodist seminaries the in United
States have included those from Candler School of Theology, Iliff
School of Theology, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Perkins
School of Theology, Saint Paul School of Theology and Wesley Theological
Seminary. Professors teaching at Asbury Seminary and Ashland Theological
Seminary have also served. Occasionally the seminary invites other
United Methodists with expertise in specific fields to teach.
of the students expressed an absolute confidence in the importance
of bringing spiritual values into the public discussion and
response to the social crises experienced in Russia.
- Dr. Robert Harman,
former associate general secretary,
General Board of Global Ministries
This teaching experience
has been enriching in numerous ways, especially the opportunity
to participate in the fervent and enthusiastic spiritual devotion
of Russian United Methodism.
- Douglas M. Strong
Professor of the History of Christianity
Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.
Work with the Russian United Methodist
Seminary has been one of the high points of my career as a
biblical scholar and a theological educator. Further, the
presence of graduates from the seminary in Ph.D. programs
devoted to religious and theological studies permits one to
be sanguine about the future of the UMC in Russia.
- Dr. David L. Petersen,
Professor of Hebrew Bible,
Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA