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Dr. Christopher M. Thomforde began his tenure as the 15th president of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary on August 1, 2006. Thomforde came to Moravian after serving five years as the President of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Thomforde earned a B.A. in medieval and Russian history from Princeton University in 1969. He received the Franklin Bunn Award for contributions to Princeton University basketball program in 1969.
Following intensive course work in Mandarin Chinese at Middlebury College, Thomforde taught Western languages and medieval European history at Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan, until 1971. He subsequently enrolled at Yale University Divinity School, where he received a Master of Divinity degree in 1974, with concentrations in biblical studies, church history, and philosophy.
From 1974 to 1978, Thomforde was an assistant chaplain and instructor in philosophy and religion at Colgate University. From 1978 to 1986, he served as pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Dansville, New York, where he provided pastoral care and leadership for his congregation, held leadership roles in regional and synod church affairs, and was very active in community organizations. Thomforde served as chaplain at Susquehanna University and taught in the Department of Philosophy and Religion. Susquehanna University awarded him an honorary D.D. in 2001.
Thomforde also served as president of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, from 1996 to 2000. During his tenure as Bethany president, Thomforde completed requirements for a D. Min. from Princeton Theological Seminary; he was awarded that degree in 2000.