The Center for Hebraic Thought is excited to welcome Celina Durgin as our new Administrative Director. The founding administrative director, Abby Smith, graduated from The King’s College and accepted a position as the special assistant to the president at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
Celina Durgin joined the CHT in May 2020, and brings with her both editorial and academic experience. She earned a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King’s College in 2015 and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 2018.
She was previously an editorial fellow at a political magazine in New York, and then, after graduate school, worked in the editorial department of a marketing company in downtown Boston. Some of her written work can be found in Christianity Today and National Review. Durgin was a student in Dr. Dru Johnson’s first-ever Introduction to Old Testament Literature class at King’s, which began to liberate her from some bad exegetical habits. She is excited to continue following her philosophical interests toward knowledge of the true, personal God of the Bible, and not merely the abstract god of the philosophers.
She believes the work of the Center matters because “we can’t fully appreciate and learn from the Old and New Testaments without investigating the coherent philosophy that emerges from its varied texts.” We’re delighted to welcome Celina to the team!
Though we are sad to see Abby go, we are grateful for her energy, acumen, and savvy in helping to start this Center. She has been both an intellectual and creative force behind our various initiatives, and we wish her and her soon-to-be-husband well in their new phase of life and new jobs!