Gary D. Chapman Chair of Marriage and Family Appointed


Counselor, pastor, speaker and best-selling author Dr. John Trent to serve as Moody’s voice on marriage and family

Dr. John Trent has been appointed to Moody Theological Seminary's (MTS) Gary D. Chapman Chair of Marriage and Family Ministry. The announcement was officially made during Moody's undergraduate and seminary commencement ceremonies in Chicago, Ill., on May 17. 

"Dr. Trent's heart and passion for marriage and family along with his extensive writing, speaking and conference ministries intersects perfectly with the purpose and scope of the Chair," said Dr. Junias Venugopal, Moody's provost and dean of education. "We are excited to have Dr. Trent on faculty and look forward with great anticipation to how the Lord will use him in the lives of those to whom Moody ministers."

Endowed through a gift from Dr. Gary D. and Karolyn Chapman the position was created to honor and continue Chapman's life's work in the area of marriage and family. It uniquely and strategically combines education, radio and publishing to utilize Moody's media platforms, reaching a broad audience with biblical teaching on topics of marriage and family. 

"I am thrilled with the appointment of Dr. John Trent," said Dr. Chapman who helped craft the parameters for the Chair which is the first in Moody's 128-year history. "His training and experience uniquely equip him for this role and his books and conferences have made a significant contribution. I believe that the students and faculty of Moody will be greatly blessed by his ministry, and Moody Radio and Moody Publishers will also expand his ministry to an even greater audience." 

In addition to teaching courses in counseling and marriage and family each semester at MTS, Dr. Trent will guest lecture in Moody's undergraduate school. He will also serve as a regular voice on Moody Radio and publish with Moody Publishers on marriage- and family-related topics.

"What an honor to be the first endowed Chair in Moody's history," said Dr. Trent who is a counselor, pastor, speaker and best-selling author. "I am humbled and grateful to be a part of Moody and cannot wait to dive into training and inspiring the next generation of marriage and family pastors and counselors that are so needed. I truly believe there isn't another position like this around in terms of its scope of impact on marriage and family ministry."

Dr. John Trent holds a B.A. in Religion and Psychology from Texas Christian University and a Th.M. in New Testament Greek from Dallas Theological Seminary. He completed Ph.D. coursework at North Central Texas Federation of Colleges and Universities and received a Ph.D. from Texas Women's University. He and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 35 years this June and reside in Phoenix, Ariz. They have two daughters, Kari and Laura. 

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