Louisville Seminary is pleased to announce the following promotions and appointments made by the Board of Trustees at their spring meeting held April 22-24, 2004.
J. Bradley Wigger
was promoted to Second Presbyterian Church Professor of Christian Education, with tenure. Wigger is also director of the Center for Congregations and Family Ministries
and an editor of the Seminary-published journal Family Ministry: Empowering Through Faith
. An alum of LPTS (MDiv ‘84), has served on the faculty since 1997. Wigger is the author of the new publication, The Power of God at Home: Nurturing Our Children in Love and Grace
(Jossey-Bass, 2003), part of the publisher’s Families and Faith Book Series focused on the impact of faith development in families.
The Board also approved the promotion of Carol J. Cook
to associate professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling. Cook joined the LPTS faculty in 2000 and is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a clinical social worker, and a certified pastoral counselor. She has devoted much of her writing and research to issues in psychosocial human development and the way they intersect with growth in faith. Her teaching interests include the integration of psychology and theology, theological education through literature and the arts, exploration of gender issues in church and society, and team-taught interdisciplinary courses. Cook serves on the board of editors of Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought
. She is a member of the Reformed Church of America.
Following 20 years of teaching at Louisville Seminary, the Board of Trustees recognized the distinguished teaching career and service to of W. Eugene March
and named him A.B. Rhodes Professor Emeritus of Old Testament. March, who retired from teaching in 2003, is a nationally known biblical scholar, and his weekly Bible studies in the Presbyterian Outlook have been read by more Presbyterians than can be counted. He has been an important voice in the Church on interfaith collaboration and reconciliation, and in 2002 was recognized worldwide with a prestigious Henry Luce Fellowship. March has recently accepted a position as editorial consultant for Geneva Press, an imprint of the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC), where his lifelong Presbyterian credentials will be well suited to the mission of PPC.
Two new board members, The Rev. Irvin Moxley
(MDiv ’59; DMin ’74) of Columbus, Ohio, and The Rev. Edward Craxton
(MDiv ’72) of Louisville, were elected. Both men are alums of LPTS and ordained ministers in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Moxley is a prominent African American Presbyterian leader and currently stated supply of the Fairmoor and Shady Lane Presbyterian Churches in Columbus Ohio. A Louisville native, he became the director of the Presbyterian Community Center upon graduation from LPTS. He also served more than a decade as associate executive of the Synod of the Covenant, where his responsibilities included relating to the synod’s racial/ethnic caucuses, as well as developing models for multicultural ministries in the Synod’s inner cities. Moxley is a 1997 recipient of the Seminary’s Distinguished Alum Award.
Craxton is a Presbyterian pastor and serves as associate director in the Congregational Ministries Division, overseeing the Christian Education and Leader Development Program area in the Presbyterian Church (USA) denominational offices. Since 1986 he has been responsible for four primary areas of ministry: Conference Ministries, which oversees the operation and supervision of the national conference centers, as well as relates to the middle governing body camp, conference and retreat centers; Pastor, Educator and Lay Leader Support which includes ministry with men, older adults, and families, and Asian American and African American Leader Development, as well as supporting church officers and Christian education staff in middle governing bodies and congregations; the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, which includes both the Louisville office and the United Nations office of the Peacemaking Program; and Youth and Young Adult Ministry.