Duke University has named Anglican priest-theologian Samuel Wells of England the new dean of Duke Chapel, effective in August. Wells, 39, a specialist in theological ethics who described his outlook as “generous orthodoxy,” has been serving as priest-in-charge of a parish in an underprivileged area of Cambridge, England. Most chapel deans at Duke have been Methodist ministers, as was William H. Willimon, who was elected a United Methodist bishop last year. However, services at Duke Chapel are ecumenical in nature, noted a Duke news release. Wells’s wife, priest and theologian Jo Bailey Wells, will become the school’s director of Anglican studies.


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