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David C. Hester to be installed as Seminary Dean

Jan 26, 2006
As part of the 153rd Spring Convocation Service at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Dr. David C. Hester will be installed as Seminary Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The service will be held in the Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel on February 17, 2006, at 10 a.m., and the public is invited to attend.

The Friday service will include Communion, and Hester will deliver the convocation address, “A Pedagogy of Redemption," which will be based on Romans 8:18-25 and Micah 4:1-4.

Hester, who began his duties as dean in September, has served as professor of Christian education at the Seminary since 1985. He came to Louisville from Berea College in Kentucky, where he taught religion. He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA) with pastoral experience in congregations in Maine and North Carolina.

Experienced in balancing administration and teaching, Hester was prepared for his new responsibilities through his direction of the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion and as a consultant on board education for a number of boards of trustees of theological schools and seminaries. As Seminary Dean he is guiding the faculty through the final steps in the process of its curriculum review in the Master of Divinity degree program, preparing for the anticipated accreditation self-study and review, and serving on the Seminary’s strategic planning committee, as well as other responsibilities with institutional research and the Seminary's commitment to enhanced recruitment efforts.

Hester earned his degrees from the University of Maine (BA); Bangor Theological Seminary (MDiv); and Duke University (PhD in Old Testament studies). He is a member of the Religious Education Association, the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education, and the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators.

He has written numerous articles and book chapters and is the author of I and II Samuel (Geneva, 2000) and Job (Westminster John Knox, 2005) in the Interpretation Bible Studies Series and Building Effective Boards for Religious Institutions: A Handbook for Trustees, Presidents, and Church Leaders (Jossey Bass, 2000), co-edited with Thomas Holland. A forthcoming project will investigate how Scripture is actually read and interpreted by people in the Church, which will primarily address the issue of "biblical literacy" as it relates to congregants attempting to read Scripture so that it becomes enlightening to daily life.

Louisville Seminary is located at 1044 Alta Vista Road. For more information about the Convocation and Installation, contact the Office of Communications at 502.895.3411, ext. 362, or by email at lpts@lpts.edu
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