Bishop Baxter Dedication
Lancaster, Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA
Lancaster Theological Seminary honored Bishop Nathan Baxter with a special dedication ceremony in early December. The Seminary named a room for Bishop Baxter following his retirement and in recognition of his impressive career and the important role he plays within the community. The event was a heartwarming celebration with several of Bishop Baxter’s colleagues singing his praises with sincere and loving words. Laughter and hugs flowed freely throughout the whole ceremony.
The room now dedicated in the Bishop’s name is an important one in the Lark building on the Lancaster City campus. The room opens into and often serves as an extension of the beloved Santee Chapel. Additionally, many gatherings and classes take place in the space. Bishop Baxter’s contribution to Lancaster Theological Seminary will not be forgotten!
Bishop Baxter has lead an amazing life and career of service. He graduated from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 1976 with honors and later earned his Doctor of Ministry from LTS in 1985. He holds numerous other academic honors and no less then eight honorary doctorates.
Bishop Baxter was the dean of Washington National Cathedral from 1991 to 2003. He addressed the nation in a televised sermon in a memorial following the September 11 attacks. Before this, he delivered a prayer for the nation during the White House Millennium Celebration which was televised to international audiences. He later served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania for eight years. After retiring in 2015, he returned to Lancaster Theological Seminary to continue teaching.
Bishop Baxter has been married for over 40 years. He’s enjoying his recent second retirement and welcome a puppy into his family.
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