In the thick of it

Many seminaries and pulpits are filled these days with “second-career” clergy. Often they are people who have been active lay leaders in their local congregations, and sometimes they have made a difficult decision to answer the call to ordained ministry by leaving a very successful vocation in business, education or medicine.

Philip Wogaman became a “second-career” pastor by a different route. After 26 years as a professor of Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., 11 of them as dean of the seminary, he was asked by his bishop to accept an appointment as senior pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church in D.C. Wogaman had enjoyed a wonderful life in academia, and his wife, Carolyn, had enjoyed a 16-year career as a preschool teacher.


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