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New Faculty Appointments

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of PTS, Don A. Pittman, recently announced a successful conclusion to the search for three new faculty members.

"Although at different stages of their careers as theological educators,” he remarked, “all three of our new faculty appointees have demonstrated their academic excellence, their commitment to the church, and their dedication to the fundamental mission of Phillips Theological Seminary: to prepare women and men for various forms of ministry in order that the Christian faith might be made ever more effective in human life and society.”

Lisa Wilson Davison brings fifteen years of teaching experience to her new responsibilities as the Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Vanderbilt University, she has previously served at Culver-Stockton College and Lexington Theological Seminary. Dr. Davison is currently Professor of Religious Studies and chair of the Religious Studies department at Lynchburg College. Author of Preaching the Women of the Bible (Chalice Press, 2006), she has published commentaries for the New Interpreter’s Study Bible (Abingdon, 2003) and the New Proclamation series (forthcoming from Fortress Press) and numerous other articles for the church and academy.

Richard F. Ward will be the Fred B. Craddock Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship. Having served on the faculties of Candler School of Theology at Emory University and Yale Divinity School, Dr. Ward is currently Associate Professor of Preaching and Performance Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Performance Studies, with disciplinary training in the cognate fields of Biblical Literature and Rhetorical Criticism. A widely published author, he has been both series editor and contributor to Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008) and co-editor with Fred Craddock and Michael Graves of Craddock Stories (Chalice Press, 2001).  He is also the author of Speaking from the Heart: Preaching with Passion (Abingdon Press, 1992) and Speaking of the Holy: The Art of Communication in Preaching (Chalice Press, 2001).

Melinda McGarrah Sharp has been called to the position of Assistant Professor of Congregational Care and Ethics. With a B.A. in Religious Studies and Bioethics from the University of Virginia and an M.A.R. degree from Yale University Divinity School, Ms. Sharp is currently finishing her Ph.D. program in the field of Religion, Psychology, and Culture at Vanderbilt University.  She serves as a Clinical Ethics Fellow at Vanderbilt’s Center for Biomedical Ethics. A lifelong member of The United Methodist Church who spent two years in Surinam as a United States Peace Corps volunteer, she is the co-author of “Are There Limitations to Multicultural Inclusion? Difficult Questions for Feminist Pastoral Theology” [forthcoming in Women Out of Order: Risking Change and Creating Care in a Multicultural World, ed. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner and Teresa Snorton (Augsburg 2010)].  She has also published a study guide for Bonnie Miller-McLemore’s widely noted book, In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Children as Spiritual Practice.

These persons will begin teaching at PTS during the 2010 – 2011 school year.

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