Remembering Dr. Edward Hayes

Remembering Dr. Edward Hayes

Denver Seminary’s fourth president, Dr. Edward L. Hayes, passed away on November 20, 2017.

Dr. Hayes served as the Seminary president from 1993–1996. However, his tenure and contribution to the Seminary lasted for over 20 years as he served in the role of professor of Christian education from 1960–1979 and as academic dean for several of his years while on faculty. 

When appointed president, the Seminary understood Dr. Hayes’ presidency would be brief as he was nearing retirement, but someone who already knew Denver Seminary well and possessed the skill to keep the Seminary moving forward was needed. Dr. Hayes was thus appointed and served his three years faithfully before his retirement in 1996. During his tenure as president, Dr. Hayes traveled extensively, lecturing and consulting in over twenty countries.

Dr. Edward Hayes Memorial Service

Saturday, January 6 at 2:00 pm
El Montecito Presbyterian Church
1455 E Valley Rd
Montecito, CA 93108

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Dr. Ed Hayes Presidential Endowed Scholarship at Denver Seminary.

Dr. Edward L. Hayes Presidential Scholarship

The Dr. Edward L. Hayes Presidential Scholarship is an endowed scholarship for continuing students at Denver Seminary with financial need. Recipients must have a GPA of 3.8 or higher and be enrolled as a full-time student. The scholarship was created by Dr. Hayes 17 years ago and he and his wife have contributed to it since. If you'd like to learn more about giving to this scholarship in honor of Dr. Hayes, contact

"Dr. Hayes was president when I joined the faculty of Denver Seminary in 1993. He was welcoming and kind to me, but determined that I be interviewed thoroughly, which I was. Dr. Hayes was a prayerful man and deeply loved Denver Seminary. His public talks at seminary functions were always thoughtful and well spoken. He often said that if he could spend fifteen minutes a week with Vernon Grounds he could make it through the week. Dr. Hayes was a key transitional figure in the life of Denver Seminary, serving several years before a more permanent president could be selected. Let us thank our God for this faithful man."

- Dr. Doug Groothuis, Professor of Philosophy


Dr. Edward Hayes had a passion and skill for sketching. This is one of many he did in his lifetime and left with Denver Seminary.