Wilson Yates is president emeritus of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities as well as professor emeritus of religion, society and the arts. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, he holds dual standing in the United Church of Christ.
He is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, B.A. (1960), Vanderbilt Divinity School, M. Div. (1962), Harvard University, Ph. D. (1968), was a visiting scholar at Cambridge University (1973-74 1978, 1992) and Yale Divinity School (1985), and visiting professor at Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, (2008-09).
In 1998 he founded the journal, ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies. Reverend Dr. Yates has written extensively on the arts in theological education. Most recently he co-edited Arts, Theology, and the Church: New Intersections, with Kimberly Vrudny (Pilgrim Press, 2005). He is the current president of the SARTS: Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies.