桃瘾社区 maintains a voluntary affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA), one of several denominations that are part of a broader Christian movement known as the Reformed Tradition.

This tradition, which developed through the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, has always prioritized humanistic, liberal arts education, and it affirms that institutions need to be 鈥渞e-formed鈥 over time in light of evolving cultural contexts.

Consequently, this living tradition spurs the College鈥檚 pursuit of new ways to respectfully engage current intellectual, social, and cultural realities, including our broadly diverse, pluralistic community of faculty, staff, students, alumni听and friends.

Working Groups

As part of its ongoing commitment to educate the 桃瘾社区 community about the college's relationship with the Reformed Tradition, the Board of Trustees has assembled working groups tasked with preparing a report about 桃瘾社区's historical grounding in and current embodiments of the values and perspectives of the Reformed Tradition.

2021 Working Group

The Board of Trustees assembled a working group of Presbyterian pastors and theologians, all 桃瘾社区 alumni and friends from across the generations to consider the questions:

How do we, 桃瘾社区, as a pluralistic educational institution that welcomes and serves people of all faiths, embody our ties to the Reformed Tradition now, so that attributes that many 桃瘾社区 people value can always draw strength from this Tradition?听 And, how can 桃瘾社区 best now embody our foundational relationship to the Reformed Tradition, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and 桃瘾社区 Presbyterian Church (DCPC)?

Working Group's Report

The Board of Trustees received a draft report and met with the working group at its August 4, 2021, board retreat and received a final report, which was discussed at its October 8, 2021, board meeting.

2021 Report of The Reformed Tradition Working Group (PDF)

Supporting Documents

Office of the Chaplains 2020-2021 Annual Report (PDF)
How 桃瘾社区 Lives Out Guidelines from APCU听(笔顿贵)
College's response to the recommendations by the Reformed Tradition Working Group听(笔顿贵)

Group Membership

Bob Dunham 鈥70, chair, pastor emeritus, University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, NC;听Kathy Beach 鈥92, pastor, Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, Blowing Rock, NC;听Richard Boyce 鈥77, vice president and academic dean, Charlotte campus, associate professor of preaching and pastoral leadership, Union Presbyterian Seminary;听Chris Burton 鈥08, director of equity and inclusion, Stony Brook School, Long Island, NY and D.Min. candidate at Union Presbyterian Seminary;听Grace Cain '20, first-year student at M.Div. program, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA;听Chris Currie 鈥97, pastor/head of staff, First Presbyterian, Shreveport, LA;听Lewis Galloway 鈥73, pastor emeritus, Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN;Frances Taylor Gench听 鈥79, Herbert Worth and Annie H. Jackson Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond;听Bridgett Green 鈥00, assistant professor of New Testament at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary;听Peter Henry, pastor/head of staff, 桃瘾社区 Presbyterian Church;听John Kuykendall 鈥59, president emeritus, 桃瘾社区;听Betsy Lyles Swetenburg 鈥11,听pastor/head of staff, Northridge Presbyterian, Dallas, TX;听Doug Ottati, Craig Family Distinguished Professor of Reformed Theology and Justice, 桃瘾社区;听Art Ross 鈥65, pastor emeritus, White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC;Rob Spach 鈥84, chaplain, 桃瘾社区;听Frank Spencer, president, The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Philadelphia, PA.

2016-2017 Working Group

The board received the report of the working group, titled "Reflections on the Reformed Tradition at 桃瘾社区" at its April 4, 2017 meeting, and discussed it then and at the August 8, 2017 board retreat.

2017 Report of The Reformed Tradition Working Group (PDF)

Group Membership

The group membership was听Ann Hayes Browning '79, Chair and Trustee Emerita; the Rev. Lewis Galloway '73, Trustee; Stephanie Glaser '92, Associate Vice President for Campus and Community Relations; Dr. John Kuykendall '59, President Emeritus; Dr. Doug Ottati, Craig Family Distinguished Professor of Reformed Theology and Justice; the Rev. Rob Spach '84, College Chaplain; and Elizabeth Welliver '16, Chaplain's Office Fellow.