I Wish My Dear Friend Good Sailing: A Tribute to Alan Culpepper


By Molly T. Marshall, President of Central Seminary

mollymarshallUpon the occasion of his retirement as Dean, I join many others in celebrating the good work R. Alan Culpepper has conducted at the McAfee School of Theology. He has accomplished what venerable seminary president David Tiede observes as most important: “getting out of the job alive.” Because of his extraordinary capacity to balance extensive interests—and he has many—Alan leaves the legacy of a remarkable school, yet has robust energy to add to his life’s work.

I hold Alan Culpepper in the highest regard, having observed his life for forty years. Scholar, administrator, colleague, and friend, Alan has set a worthy standard for the rest of us in theological education. Treasured for his wisdom, he has kept on imagining how preparation for ministry might better be accomplished. I have gained greatly from his perceptive insight.

I had the good fortune of spending…

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