Installation of New Seminary
Dean at Andrews University
(Posted August 28, 2013)
BY BECKY ST. CLAIR
, media communications manager, Andrews University
n Tuesday, August 27, Andrews University Seminary held a special dedication service honoring their new dean, Jiří Moskala.
“The search committee wanted someone with the heart of a pastor who understood pastoral education and what is needed to make an effective minister,” said Andrea Luxton, provost of Andrews University, from the platform of the Seminary Chapel. “We wanted not just an administrator, but a leader; a pastor who looks forward to new pathways while still respecting valued traditions.”
Luxton welcomed Moskala to his new position.
“We look forward to your visionary and focused leadership, and we challenge you to take seriously the model of Christ and His leadership of His disciples,” she concluded. “Challenging but nurturing; just and compassionate; providing opportunity for growth, but leading from the front. And most of all, I invite you, as Jesus was, to be always in communion with the Father.”
Artur Stele, general vice president and director of the Biblical Research Institute at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, read Exodus 17:8-13, reminding the audience of Israel’s victories in battle that only were realized when Moses held up his arms.
“Teamwork is key,” said Stele. “When Moses got tired he had helpers. When the dean of the seminary gets tired, the leadership of the university on one side and the General Conference on the other need to support him and hold up his hands. If we all together lift him up every day in our prayers, we can be sure the best is yet to come.”
Moskala joined the Seminary faculty in 1996 and has most recently served as professor of Old Testament. Born in Cesky Tesin, Czech Republic, Moskala received both a Master and Doctor of Theology from the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University in Czech Republic. He has since completed his Doctor of Philosophy at Andrews University.