The Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg became Bethany’s 20th President on January 1, 2016. She previously served as Brite’s Vice President for Advancement. Prior to her arrival at Brite in 2011, she completed a two-year intentional interim presidency at the Disciples Seminary Foundation, Claremont, California. From 2006-2009 she served the Foundation as Dean for Southern California. Dr. Rodenberg has also served as a missionary in Swaziland of the Common Global Ministries Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ, as a congregational minister in Kentucky and California, and as a campus minister at the University of Kentucky. In addition, she has taught courses in Christian Ethics, Inter-Cultural Studies, World Religions, the Sociology of Religion, and History and Polity of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as an adjunct member of the faculties of Claremont School of Theology and San Francisco Theological Seminary. She was the Disciples Representative to the International Peace Commission of the World Council of Churches and served as a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches. She recently completed services as the Chair of the Finance Committee of the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Dr. Rodenberg currently serves as a board member with The Bethany Fellowship Program.
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA., Ph.D.
Ecumenical Institute, Bossey, Switzerland, Directed Research
Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, KY, Master of Divinity
United Theological College, Bangalore, South India, Directed Research
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, Bachelor of Arts
American Academy of Religion
Development and Institutional Advancement Program-Association of Theological Schools
Program for Philanthropic Partnerships, Lone Star Council
National Association of Professional Women
Association for Women in Development
Dr. Rodenberg and her husband John have two children, Heather and Matthew and they reside on campus at the President’s residence, Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights.