Dr. Randy MacFarland joined the faculty in 1997 and served as provost/dean from 2008-2018. In this role he served as the chief administrative officer and chief academic officer of the Seminary. He was the vice president/dean from 2001-2008, and vice president of training and mentoring and associate professor of pastoral ministry and evangelism from 1997-2001. In 2018 he became the senior professor of pastoral care and leadership.
Dr. MacFarland earned his DMin degree from Andover Newton Theological School, with an emphasis in psychology and clinical studies. He completed his clinical pastoral education at Interfaith Health Care Ministries as part of his doctoral program. He received an MDiv degree from Denver Seminary and a BA from Hartwick College.
Dr. MacFarland was appointed as a church planter by Missions Door in 1974 and served as pastor of the church he planted from 1974 to 1989. From 1987 to 1997, he served with Seminary of the East. In addition to directing the work at the New England Center in Massachusetts, he also served as professor of pastoral theology. He currently serves as an elder in his church and volunteers regularly for the Parker Food Bank. He serves as chair of the board for World Venture.
Dr. MacFarland has written, led seminars, and consulted nationally and internationally in the area of mentoring. He has led several workshops for the Association of Theological Schools. He contributes articles to the Denver Seminary Magazine, contributed to the Dictionary of Everyday Theology and Culture, and has a chapter in C(h)aos Theory, a book on the work of a seminary dean.