Bryan Chapell Steps Down From Covenant Presidency

See here.


  1. reiterations said,

    April 30, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Does being “chancellor” basically mean he’s retired but will be able to teach (or whatever) now and again?

  2. greenbaggins said,

    April 30, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I’m not sure what that title means, or whether it would be the same in all institutions.

  3. jerry said,

    May 2, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    he was actually asked to step down… They are very hush-hush about it!

  4. jerry said,

    May 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    the official public statement is a very cleaned up version of what went really on. Sad that there is not more honesty and transparency at this point…

  5. jerry said,

    May 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    the title didn’t exist btw and was newly created, so Bryan can focus more on his external ministries

  6. greenbaggins said,

    May 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Jerry, what is the source of your information?

  7. jerry said,

    May 3, 2012 at 9:51 am

    a student at CTS

  8. jerry said,

    May 3, 2012 at 9:52 am

    that student has ties and is a reliable source

  9. barlowjon said,

    May 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Jerry, that makes no sense. Chancellor is a higher position than President. A more reasonable narrative is that they ensconced him in a position where he can do all the fun and interesting parts of the job of being president, but without having to do all the nitty gritty things involved with running a school.

    Who is this student? Who is the “they” who asked him to step down? The faculty? The board? What percentage? Why are they promoting him to a position higher than he currently serves in? You must realize that it is very easy for anyone to say anything they like on a blog. If you can’t back it up publicly, you shouldn’t say it publicly, especially when the implication is directed at tearing down a presbyter in the church.

    Would someone who asked Chapel to “step down” feel satisfied that he was promoted? Are you saying that Chancellor is a lower position than President?

  10. jerry said,

    May 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    finding out more as time goes on… seems there was some bad blood involved. Will be hard to know whom to believe, sadly… Seems however that the whole new chancellor position was invented to make Bryan go away quietly and give reconciliation a chance. I sadly don’t think we will see Bryan at CTS much longer… One more year tops, is my guess.

    What a sobering moment for all of us. We should pray for Bryan & Kathy and the board/faculty

  11. jerry said,

    May 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    You do not have to take my word for it. Contact the board at Covenant if you want. I’m sure they will not confirm it, but they will not deny it either. “No Comment” is probably what you get.

    Just so you know, I have the highest regard for Bryan. That is also the main reason why I have not published any of the accusations leveled against him. I would love to hear Bryan’s side of the story!

    My major miff is not with Bryan but with how the board has handled the situation. The official public statement is not false but clearly not the main reason why Bryan got “promoted” (read “demoted”) to chancellor. A position that sounds honorable and higher than president, but that was actually created just for this situation, to protect Bryan and make his departure less painful. He will continue teaching classes, which not everybody is happy about.

    I am not asking that the board my everything public, but they should be forthcoming about the real major reason for all this.

  12. Cris Dickason said,

    May 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    So, what is a chancellor? Looking at various on-line dictionaries, it will mean whatever a given institution chooses to define in its by-laws, etc.

    Can’t fault CTS for not having it’s by-laws on-line, since my own alma mater, WTS-PA, doesn’t seem to have its by-laws on-line.

    So … here’s what Covenant Seminary does have on-line.

    …at the April, 2012 meeting, the Board of Trustees unanimously moved forward with a goal set in prior years to transition President Bryan Chapell to assume the role of Chancellor, a more outward facing position at the Seminary.Effective June 1, 2012, Dr. Chapell will move from his role as President of Covenant Seminary to assume the new position of Chancellor. As Chancellor, Dr. Chapell will focus on representing the Seminary among its external constituencies, continuing his teaching duties, and engaging in opportunities that advance the Gospel. Dr.Chapell will assume these responsibilities upon his return from his current sabbatical.


    As Interim President, Dr. Dalbey will assume the management of the institution’s operations and academics.

    So the creation of the office/role of chancellor at CTS was planned in the past, and is now about to go into action. The chancellor is freed operational duties. The chancellor gets to teach and be the face of the seminary.

    Don’t know about y’all, but this programmer analyst would love to jettison his operational duties (department meetings, administrative jobs) and just code (and document!) solutions for my users. That would be sweet.

    Sr. Systems Analyst at an undisclosed hospital in suburban Philadelphia

  13. greenbaggins said,

    May 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Jerry, did you get my email?

  14. barlowjon said,

    May 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Jerry, who are you?

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