Dr. Scheuerman, new WDS dean
The Rev. Dr. Carmen C. Manalac-Scheuerman is the new dean of Wesley Divinity School, the only fully owned seminary of the United Methodist Church in the Philippines.
“I envision the ministerial formation at WDS with an academic integrity and an embodiment of Wesleyan and Filipino Spirituality that is rooted in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Our theological ethos will engage students in conversations and reality of the church and its witness to the world,” said Rev. Dr. Scheuerman.
Rev. Dr. Scheuerman’s academic career includes a B.A. in Christian Education from Harris Memorial College and an MDiv. from Union Theological Seminary. She completed her Ph.D. in Christian Education at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, in Evanston, Illinois, USA.
Her ministry runs for decades. At age 17, Rev. Dr. Scheuerman dedicated her life to full-time ministry through the UMC. She served as a deaconess, an ordained elder of the Pampango Philippines Annual Conference, a school director of Immanuel Bible School for Indigenous People’s Inc., Professor at Union Theological Seminary and Global Missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as a professor of practical theology at Davuilevu Theological College in Fiji.
She is married to Jeffrey Cecil Scheuerman, a teacher by profession and Volunteer in Mission from Pacific Northwest Conference, Seattle, WA. Rev. Dr. Scheuerman and husband Jeffrey are blessed with one child, Rhythm Lee.
Rev. Dr. Scheuerman’s advocacy is reclaiming indigenous identity and culture, and weaving it with Christian Spirituality. This is faithful to WDS’ theological education founded on the revered Wesleyan tradition of “vital piety and learning” yet responsive to the community’s needs and instrumental to the country’s spiritual transformation.
WUP President, retired Judge Benjamin Turgano, welcomed the new dean to the university, saying tha her “expertise and commitment, aimed for the greater glory of God, will undeniably raise the standards of teaching and practice at Wesley Divinity School.”