Bishop Nathan D. Baxter of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, was recently awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, by Lincoln University, Oxford, Pennsylvania. He was honored for his contributions to religion and public life.
Lincoln University is the oldest historically black university in the country and counts among its alumni noted Episcopalians Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and poet Langston Hughes.
Baxter has been bishop of Central Pennsylvania since 2006. He was previously dean of Washington National Cathedral from 1991 to 2003; administrative dean at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts; dean, Lancaster Theological Seminary; chaplain, St. Paul's College Lawrenceville, Virginia; rector, St. Cyprian's Church, Hampton, Virginia; and curate, St. John's Church, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Baxter was graduated in 1976 from Lancaster Theological Seminary. After canonical studies at the Diocesan School of Christian Studies, he was ordained deacon in June 1977 and priest the following December by Bishop Dean T. Stevenson.
In l984, he completed the Doctor of Ministry degree at Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he is presently adjunct professor of preaching. Lancaster Seminary and Washington National Cathedral have established endowed lectureships in his name. Harvard Divinity School named him a Charles E. Merrill Fellow in 1998 and Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary named a classroom in his honor in 2006.