President Dean K. Thompson announced today that Rev. Lewis O. Brogdon will serve as Associate Director of Admissions at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, beginning June 1, 2006.
In the position, Brogdon, a 2005 LPTS graduate, will assist the Seminary in the area of student recruitment for all degree programs, with particular attention given to the recruitment of racial/ethnic students and the establishment of critical relationships and networks with historically black colleges and universities and other racial/ethnic communities in the church.
Brogdon hopes to continue the outstanding work of LPTS graduate Angela Cowser (MDiv ’06), who agreed to serve in the newly created position for one year prior to beginning her doctoral studies in ethics. During her tenure, Cowser conducted an audit of racial/ethnic Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy students to determine the need for changes in pre-admissions processes and enhancements in curriculum particularly for racial/ethnic students.
In collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of the Registrar Brogdon will also help counsel prospective students on financial aid, debt management, course selection, and vocational discernment issues.
“The successive appointments of Angela Cowser and Lewis Brogdon as admission associates infuses us with hope as we aspire to become an interracial fellowship of reconciliation,” said Thompson.
Prior to enrolling in the Master of Divinity degree program at LPTS, Brogdon, 33, had his own radio show and was making television appearances as a full-time pastor at the Calsee Christian Church in West Virginia. He also served on the staff at Bluefield College of Evangelism, where he earned his degree in Christian studies. His calling in ministry did not require a theological degree, but he began to sense that “there was so much more I didn't know, and God was calling me to seminary." A merit scholar, he enrolled at LPTS, and quickly offered his gift for teaching by tutoring LPTS Greek students. Last year, Brogdon’s academic accomplishments were recognized with the 2005 Metroversity Award for Adult Learners.
In a recent article, published in the Seminary’s magazine, Mosaic, Brogdon said that he came to LPTS with “a lot of knowledge and expertise in my faith tradition,” but that he had not understood the value of critical thinking, a hallmark of theological education in the Reformed tradition. Brogdon said, “The ability to critically evaluate arguments and theologies is a necessary prerequisite to a true appreciation of diversity,” a necessity he hopes prospective students will seek by enrolling at LPTS.
“Lewis will bring the personal perspective of having been a student at LPTS to the recruiting process,” said Kerry Rice
, who, since 2003, has led the Office of Admissions in reorganizing its infrastructure and establishing a five-year recruitment plan. “His pastoral background and ecumenical experiences will enhance the Seminary’s connection and dialog with new communities in a dynamic way. His goals and the Seminary’s goals for addressing how the church can help shape African American leaders for today and tomorrow are perfectly timed.”
Currently, Brogdon worships at Greater Friendship Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., and is the founder of Overcoming Life Ministries, a parachurch outreach committed to helping people overcome unique life challenges in the 21st century. He is married to Felicia, and they have four children, Charity, Daniel, Micah, and Sarah.