A New Testament scholar at Vanderbilt University Divinity School has been nominated to become senior minister of New York’s Riverside Church, one of the nation’s most prestigious pulpits. Brad R. Braxton would succeed James A. Forbes, who served at Riverside 18 years until his retirement last year. The multiracial, interdenominational congregation near Columbia University will vote on the nomination September 14. Braxton told the New York Times that if installed he hopes to continue the dual legacies of “congregational care internally, and bold, courageous, prophetic action externally, for which the Riverside Church has been known now for so many years.” At 39, Braxton would bring a youthful profile to the post; Forbes was 71 when he retired. Braxton previously taught at Wake Forest University Divinity School in North Carolina. Author of three books in Pauline studies, he holds a master’s degree from Oxford.


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