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Louisville Seminary Alumnus, K.C. Ptomey (MDiv ‘67), Dies

May 10, 2013

Ptomey was visiting member of Louisville Seminary’s faculty from 1985 to 1986

­ Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary alumnus K.C. Ptomey died yesterday evening, May 9, 2013 at his home in Nashville. Ptomey was born in Birmingham, Ala., on January 31, 1942.

Ptomey was visiting professor of Preaching at Louisville Seminary from 1985 to 1986. He was also the namesake for the K.C. Ptomey, Jr. Westminster Endowment Fund for the Study and Vocation of Ministry at the Seminary. He served on the Seminary’s Alumni Association Board of Directors and was an alum representative to the Seminary’s Board of Trustees for a time.

In addition to the MDiv Ptomey earned at Louisville Seminary in 1967, he also held degrees from Rhodes College and McCormick Theological Seminary. Ptomey was senior pastor and head of staff of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville from 1981 until his retirement in 2008. Throughout his career, he also served parishes in Collierville, Tenn., and Henderson and Arlington, Texas. Beginning in 2009, Ptomey taught pastoral ministry and leadership at Austin Theological Seminary.

Ptomey was a founding member of The Moveable Feast, a lectionary-based cohort of pastors who gather annually around issues related to biblical study, homiletics and church leadership.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Tate and his children, Christopher and Patricia. A memorial service and witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Nashville on Saturday, May 18 at 11:00 a.m. Central Standard Time. 

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