July 3, 2014 (Louisville, Ky.) - It is with great excitement that Louisville Seminary welcomes new teachers and leaders!
Rev. Lisa Lee Williams
has been named interim director of Louisville Seminary's Black Church Studies Program
. In this capacity, she will oversee further development of the program, which addresses the critical needs of African American church communities and offers opportunities for students of all races to expand their awareness ministering to people in a variety of religious and cultural settings.
Williams is a teaching pastor at Elim Baptist Church, a member of Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International and owner of Haggai Leadership Consulting, which is a firm that provides leadership and vision development services to religious and nonprofit organizations. She is also ordained in proclamation ministry by Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn.
She is a former member of the National Consortium of Black Women in Ministry - Nashville Chapter and a recipient of the 2010 African American Women of Religion Honor, which is presented by the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. - Nashville Capitol City Chapter. She has mentored up-and-coming ministers and theologians as a field education supervisor for Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Williams is a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School (MDiv), Trevecca Nazarene University (MA) and the University of Kentucky (BA) and is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Louisville Seminary.
Dr. Anne W. Stewart
joins Louisville Seminary as visiting assistant professor of Old Testament. Her professorship comes as part of the Louisville Institute's Postdoctoral Fellowship program, which places top recent PhD graduates in theological schools for two years, where they teach and also are mentored by a senior professor and a local pastor. During each of her two years at Louisville Seminary, Stewart will teach four courses and participate in regular chapel service as well as other community activities.
Stewart comes to Louisville Seminary from Agnes Scott College, where she was an Andrew W. Mellon Teaching Fellow and taught Introduction to the Hebrew Bible and Reading the Bible with Women. She has also taught courses in Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. She is a graduate of Emory University (PhD), Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Smith College (BA), and is a candidate to be ordained as teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
The Louisville Institute
is a Lilly Endowment-funded program based at Louisville Seminary supporting those who lead and study American religious institutions.
Rev. Ken Hockenberry
has been named interim director of Louisville Seminary's Field Education Program
. As such, he will lead a team of four pastors/teachers as they teach the year-long Practical Theology in Congregations class. He will also work with students and their supervisors as they learn and grow through their field education placements in both church and agency placements.
Hockenberry has supervised many students through Louisville Seminary's Field Education Program and has served as an adjunct faculty member since 1997. In addition to the Practical Theology in Congregations class, he has also taught the Worship Practicum class and has worked as a small group facilitator with the Basic Preaching class.
He serves as pastor of Beulah Presbyterian Church and is the stated clerk of the Presbytery of Mid-Kentucky. Prior to his work at Beulah Presbyterian and Louisville Seminary, he served as pastor of Onondaga Hill Presbyterian Church in Syracuse, N.Y.
Hockenberry is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Grove City College (BM). In 2001, he earned a Certificate in Homiletical Supervision from Louisville Seminary.
Dr. Michelle Finley, LMFT
, joins Louisville Seminary as visiting assistant professor of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program
. In this capacity, she will teach classes in Family Therapy: Theory and Practice, Trauma, and Marriage and Family Therapy Research for the 2014 - 2015 academic year.
Finley is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in trauma work, particularly work with survivors of sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and intimate partner violence. She currently works as a therapist at The Center for Women and Families in Louisville. She formerly worked as a marriage and family therapist for the Archdiocese of Louisville and a therapist for Seven Counties Services, Inc.
She earned her doctorate in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University. At Abilene Christian University, Finley earned her master's degree in marriage and family therapy and bachelor's degree in history.