Ashland Theological Seminary’s New President to Step In

Ashland Theological Seminary’s new president will take office on July 1, replacing Dr. Frederick Finks, who will on the same day begin serving as president of Ashland University.

Dr. John Shultz - who formerly served as professor of pastoral counseling at ATS since 1981 and as academic dean for the seminary from 1985-1988 – is the founder, president and CEO of Cornerstone Psychological Affiliates Inc., a Christian counseling center with offices in six northern Ohio locations. The new seminary president is also founder and president of JSNJS Inc., a real estate holding company in Ashland, Ohio.

Prior to joining the Seminary, Shultz served as consultant and seminar leader for Dow Leadership Development Center at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich., from 1987 to 1992; interim pastor at Smithville Brethren Church from 1982 to 1983; and psychology intern at the Ohio State University Counseling and Consultation Service from 1980 to 1981.

Schultz received a doctor of counseling psychology form Purdue University and a Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Ashland University.

He and his wife, Jeanie, have two grown children and live just outside Ashland.

Ashland Theological Seminary, a division of Ashland University, is the largest seminary in Ohio and the 15th largest seminary in the Unites States and Canada. In addition to the main campus in Ashland, the Seminary operates off-campus learning centers at Ashland University's Cleveland Center and Columbus Center, as well as the Village Office Center in Southfield, Mich.