Rev. Walter B. Tennyson Named Rhodes College Chaplain

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Publication Date: 5/21/2007

Rev. Walter B. Tennyson, pastor of Broadway Presbyterian Church in New York City, has been selected as Rhodes College chaplain. Tennyson will take office August 1.  A Chaplain Search Committee recommended Tennyson’s appointment from a talented pool of applicants following a nationwide search.

“We are excited to welcome Rev. Tennyson to the Rhodes and Memphis communities,” says Carol Casey, dean of students. “With his extensive experience in urban ministries and service, campus chaplaincy, and communities of diverse faiths, he will be a terrific asset to Rhodes.”

“The chaplain′s position has long been a formative part of the life and spirit of the Rhodes community,” adds Beth Simpson, Rhodes trustee and member of the search committee. “We are confident that Walt Tennyson brings to that position gifts that will build on that tradition and which will make him an invaluable part of the Rhodes family.” 

Tennyson has served as Presbyterian chaplain at Columbia University concurrent with his position as pastor of Broadway Presbyterian Church. In these roles, he organized a student ministry, participated in public worship at the university chapel and public events, supervised church staff, and served on the board of the United Campus Ministries. Most recently, he served as chaplain to the Columbia School of Public Health’s World Trade Center Evacuation Study which included ministering to survivors of the 9/11 attacks.

In addition, Tennyson has served as associate pastor for Mission and Outreach in suburban New York involving coordinating parishioners in community service projects, and he has served as vice president for Habitat for Humanity in Westchester, N.Y.

Tennyson has a master of sacred theology degree in Christian ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York, a master of divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary, and a bachelor of arts in philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles.