2013 Sprunt Lectures Distinguished Alum
Freda Gardner (M.R.E.’57) is known both for her service to the ministry of Christian education and for her service to the larger church in the world. She received her M.R.E. from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education and has done graduate work at Syracuse University, Columbia University, and Union Theological Seminary in New York. In 1979 she received the Doctor of Divinity degree from Bloomfield College.
Professor Emerita of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary, she was the first woman to serve as a tenured faculty member at Princeton Seminary, teaching there from 1961 until her retirement in 1992. In 1981 she was named Educator of the Year by the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators.
In 1994 Gardner was a recipient of the Women of Faith award by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She served at a variety of presbytery, synod, and denominational levels, including the General Assembly Council. In 1999, she was elected Moderator of the 211th General Assembly of the PC(USA).
The author of numerous books on religion and ministry, Gardner has focused on ministries with older people since retirement, and is widely sought as a speaker and workshop leader on this topic.
If you would like to honor Freda through a financial gift, you are invited to send a check, earmarked "Freda Gardner honor gift," to:
Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227.
Or you may make an online donation by clicking this link: www.upsem.org/giving/. Please enter "in honor of Dr. Freda Gardner" on this page. Thank You!