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Louisville Seminary professor of pastoral theology accepts position at Brite

Nov 16, 2004
Louisville Seminary Dean Dianne Reistroffer announced yesterday that Dr. Nancy Ramsay, Harrison Ray Anderson Professor of Pastoral Theology, has accepted the invitation of the Board of Trustees of Brite Divinity School to serve as their first woman dean and vice president of academic affairs. She will begin her duties at Brite in June of 2005.

“Dr. Nancy Ramsay has been one of the prophetic voices and leaders in this faculty,” said Reistroffer, ”a highly talented and generous servant and an outstanding model of Christian ministry to our students.”

Ramsay has served at Louisville Seminary since 1983 and has been a leader in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and in her guilds of pastoral theology, pastoral counseling, and marriage and family therapy. She was co-editor of the Journal of Pastoral Theology (1997-2001) and has published widely in her field, including her recent publication, Pastoral Care and Counseling: Redefining the Paradigms (Abingdon Press), that seeks to supplement, and re-define, the field of pastoral care within today’s radically changed contexts of theology, sociology, and medicine.

An outstanding teacher, Ramsay has recently led the faculty in anti-racism training and in cultivating and nurturing racially inclusive teaching and learning through a project on antiracism in theological education, supported by a grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Her work has sought to deconstruct racist assumptions in the classroom and generate teaching practices and strategies that will foster a proactive commitment to an anti-racist, inclusive vision for community. This project has been expanded by a second Wabash grant to facilitate similar work among the entire faculty at Louisville Seminary that began in the fall of 2003.

Prior to coming to Louisville Seminary, Ramsay was an associate pastor and served on committees in the former Presbyterian Church of the U.S., the General Assembly Council, and the Special Committee to write a brief contemporary statement of the Reformed faith, now included in the Book of Confessions, Presbyterian Church (USA). Her other publications include Pastoral Diagnosis: A Resource for Ministries of Care and Counseling (Fortress, 1998) and Telling the Truth: Preaching about Sexual and Domestic Violence (United Church Press, 1998), co-edited with John S. McClure.

She is a member of the Society for Pastoral Theology and served as its chair from 1991-1993. She is active in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) with clinical membership in both and supervisory status in AAMFT.

“Most of all, she has been a marvelous colleague, mentor, and friend to students, faculty, staff, administrators, friends, and alums across a distinguished twenty-one year career at Louisville Seminary,” said Dean Reistroffer.

Brite is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is part of Texas Christian University located in Fort Worth, Texas. It has an ecumenically diverse faculty and student body. Ramsay’s responsibilities will also include opportunities to teach in the Ph.D. program in pastoral theology offered by Brite.
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