Disciples Divinity House

of the University of Chicago

Dean Kris Culp Celebrates Twenty-Five Years!

May 01, 2017 —  

On April 28, during the spring meeting of the Board of Trustees and the Alumni/ae Council, DDH celebrated the work of Dean Kristine Culp and her completion of twenty-five years of service as the dean of Disciples Divinity House. Since 1991, she has provided outstanding leadership to the Disciples Divinity House as well as in the Divinity School. The first woman to become chief executive of one of the theological education institutions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dean Culp led the Disciples Divinity House through its centennial anniversary in 1994. She is currently engaged in preparations to mark DDH’s 125th anniversary in 2019. Dean Culp will complete twenty-six years of service on June 30.

The celebration began in the late afternoon with a reception at Disciples Divinity House followed by a panel discussion in the Common Room. Alumni/ae Larry Bouchard, April Lewton, Teresa Hord Owens, and Andrew Packman discussed the theme of vulnerability and glory from Dean Culp’s work, with special reflection on her visionary leadership, and the innovative possibilities that have extended from the mission of the Divinity House in the church, the academy, and beyond over the past twenty-five years.

After the panel discussion, everyone enjoyed a private dinner party at the Piccolo Mondo restaurant in Hyde Park. Trustee Marshall Dunn offered a word of prayer before the meal. As guests were ready to start on dessert, the President of the Board of Trustees, Lee Hull Moses, and Alumni/ae Council President, Melinda (Lindy) Keenan Wood, read excerpts from some of the letters that alumni/ae and friends sent in to celebrate Dean Culp and presented her with the full collection of letters and notes. It was a delightful evening for all.