Posted by: Titus Presler | April 30, 2011

Titus Presler is appointed Principal of Edwardes College, Peshawar

Below is the Anglican Communion News Service announcement of the appointment as it appears on the Anglican Communion website, reproducing a news release from the Diocese of Peshawar.  Episcopal News Service ran a story that can be found at this link.

Anglican Communion News Service – Digest News

Titus Presler is appointed Principal of Edwardes College, Peshawar

Posted On : April 28, 2011 12:37 PM | Posted By : Admin ACO
Related Categories: Pakistan

From the office of Bishop Humphrey Peters

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN, 27 April 2011 – The Rev. Canon Dr. Titus Presler has been appointed Principal of Edwardes College in Peshawar, Pakistan, the Rt. Rev. Humphrey Sarfaraz Peters, Bishop of Peshawar, announced today as the appointing authority. Dr. Presler will take up his duties on May 1 at the century-old college of 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

“At this juncture, when our region is going through the most difficult time in the history of Pakistan, the college needs experienced and dependable leadership,” Bp. Peters said. “Based on Christian values, Edwardes has all the potential to become a premier international educational institution, and we are confident that with the recent change in the college’s leadership this dream will be realized.”

“As a church institution, Edwardes has much to contribute to the formation of young Pakistani professionals at a sensitive time in the country’s national and religious life,” Canon Presler said. “It will be a privilege to serve God’s mission through higher education with Muslims, Christians and others in an intensely inter-religious environment.”

Located in the city of Peshawar near the Khyber Pass leading to Afghanistan, Edwardes College serves 2,000 students enrolled in programmes in sciences, humanities, business and computer studies. Students include 1,800 Muslims, 200 Christians and some of other religious faiths working with a majority Muslim faculty of 85. The Church Missionary Society founded Edwardes High School, the first educational institution in the region, in 1853, and expanded to establish the college in 1900. It continues as an institution of the Diocese of Peshawar, one of eight dioceses of the Church of Pakistan, a church formed in 1970 from the union of Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists and Lutherans. Canon Presler was selected for the position after a national and international search conducted by an inter-religious committee formed by the college board of governors, which is chaired by the governor of the province.

Dr. Presler brings to the position a background of academic and church leadership, scholarly productivity, and cross-cultural and inter-religious engagement. He has served as academic dean at General Theological Seminary in New York and as president of the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, where he was professor of mission and world Christianity. He was rector of St. Peter’s Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts, for 11 years and more recently was interim pastor of the Church of St. Simon the Cyrenian in New Rochelle, N.Y. He served five terms as a deputy to the Episcopal Church’s General Convention and chaired the church’s Standing Commission on World Mission.

As a mission scholar, Dr. Presler has written on the theology and practice of Christian mission and on gospel-culture interactions in African Christianity. His most recent book, Going Global with God: Reconciling Mission in a World of Difference (Morehouse, 2010), focuses on ecumenical mission trends today and on how engaging difference is the mark of mission. In addition to many articles, he is the author of Horizons of Mission (Cowley, 2001) and Transfigured Night: Mission and Culture in Zimbabwe’s Vigil Movement (University of South Africa Press, 1999). He was a researcher for the Global Anglicanism Project and a consultant for the Anglican Indaba Project.

Dr. Presler and his wife, the Rev. Jane Butterfield, an honorary canon of St. John’s Cathedral, Peshawar, served as rural missionaries at Bonda in Zimbabwe in the 1980s. Their home in the USA is in Vermont, and they are the parents of four grown children. Dr. Presler was born and grew up in India, where his parents taught at Leonard Theological College in Jabalpur. In 2009 he was made honorary canon of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. He blogs at

Dr. Presler is an honors graduate of Harvard College and later studied and taught at Harvard Divinity School. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from General Seminary and a Doctor of Theology degree from Boston University. His honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees are from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and from General.



  1. Congratulations to Canon Titus on his appointment as Principal of an institution which has been serving the province with an excellent performance ever since its existence. I myself graduated from Edwardes and so did my two sons before I moved to the U.S in 2000 . I commend Bishop Humphrey’s selection in appointing the first American in this institution. Our best wishes to the Canon in his service to the people of a great province of Pakistan. May God bless you. Christopher Mirza and family.

  2. Titus! What amazing news! Reading about this institution is truly fascinating. It’s clear that your work and ministry to this point are perfect preparation. Will you live in Pakistan year-round, or simply through the academic year?

    With sincere congratulations, and looking forward to future posts on this appointment–

    Rich Frontjes
    Stacy Walker-Frontjes

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