Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley Becomes First Black President of Fuller Theological Seminary

Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley is now president of Fuller Theological Seminary, making him the the institution’s first Black president.Dr. David Emmanuel GoatleyDr. David Emmanuel Goatley

Goatley – he stepped into the role this week– said he aimed for a future for Fuller that expanded beyond traditional American borders to become a global institution that supported the Christian community worldwide.

"We live in the midst of formidable challenges locally, nationally, and globally," Goatley said. “Christian higher theological education is as critical today as ever before, because churches need good leaders and the world needs good churches. Fuller has a rich history of forming faithful pastoral, academic, mental health and community leaders, and we will continue to expand Fuller’s ability to help equip people for the work that God is calling them to do. I’m grateful to greet all who are part of Fuller’s family.”

Gotley holds a Ph.D. in theology and a M.Div. in pastoral care from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.S. in guidance and counseling and associate of applied science in computer and data processing technology from the University of Louisville.