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Loren Townsend named to pastoral ministry chair

Nov 20, 2007
The Board of Trustees at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, upon recommendation of the faculty, voted unanimously to name Loren L. Townsend, professor of pastoral care and counseling, to the Henry Morris Edmonds Professorship in Pastoral Ministry. Townsend, a tenured member of the faculty, began teaching at Louisville Seminary in 1996.

“As a professor and pastoral counselor Loren Townsend approaches research and scholarship with utmost compassion and consideration for individuals and for the church. His contributions to theological education and the pastoral counseling profession have been innovative, helping to shape the field of pastoral ministry for the twenty-first century,” said Seminary President Dean K. Thompson.

Dr. Henry Morris Edmonds was a 1907 graduate of Louisville Seminary. The professorship in pastoral ministry was established in 1995 by Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala., and by family members in tribute of Edmonds' long pastorate at the church and his leadership as a pacifist and civil rights activist. The Edmonds professor helps train seminarians in many practical functions of ministry, including preaching, worship leadership, pastoral care, and administration.

Townsend is a native of the Pacific Northwest and earned his degrees at East Texas Baptist College (B.A.); East Texas State University (M.S.); Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.); and the Graduate Theological Union (Ph.D.). He is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Church (U.S.A.) and served in parish ministry. He has 14 years of experience directing pastoral counseling and marriage and family therapy training programs in Arizona and Georgia. As a teacher and supervisor, he has focused on the integration of behavioral sciences, spirituality, and theology as these intersect in clinical practice. This is reflected in his journal articles, professional papers, active leadership in professional organizations, and philosophy of teaching in his field.

Townsend is a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), an approved supervisor by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and a licensed marriage and family therapist. As a writer, he has published several articles on religion and psychotherapy, supervision, and integrational method. He is the author of Pastoral Care in Suicide (Abingdon Press, 2006), and his book, Pastoral Care with Stepfamilies: Mapping the Wilderness (Chalice Press, 2000), is one of the first of its kind to address the myriad issues of ministering to stepfamilies. He regularly leads workshops in ministry to stepfamilies, counseling with divorced and remarried families, supervision, and theological integration for counseling professionals.

To learn more about Dr. Townsend, visit http://www.lpts.edu/about/faculty.
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