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Carol J. Cook named Louisville Seminary Harrison Ray Anderson Professor of Pastoral Theology

May 24, 2016

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Carol J. Cook to the Harrison Ray Anderson Professorship in Pastoral Theology. The professorship is named for Harrison Ray Anderson, one of the great pastors of the Presbyterian Church during the 20th century and one of the pioneers of Presbyterian reunion.

Cook (pictured) joined the Louisville Seminary faculty in 2000, having been an adjunct instructor at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and served as a teaching fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary as a doctoral student. Her teaching interests include the integration of psychology and theology, exploration of gender issues in church and society, utilizing literature and the arts in theological education, and engaging interfaith diversity.

She is a marriage and family therapist, a licensed clinical social worker, and a certified pastoral counselor. While her clinical experience is broad-based, Cook has a special interest in the challenges that adults face as they differentiate from their families of origin.

As a part of the Group for New Directions in Pastoral Theology, Cook has published articles in Pastoral Psychology over the past few years. Other publications include a chapter entitled "The Practice of Marriage and Family Counseling and Liberal Protestant Christianity" in The Role of Marriage and Family Counseling (2008); "How childhood sexual abuse affects adult survivors' images of God: A resource for pastoral helpers," co-written with Louisville Seminary alum, Cindy Guertin-Anderson, LMFT (MAMFT ’06), in Sacred Spaces: The E-Journal of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (2010); and “Growing in Faith through the Life Cycle: A Literature Review" in Family Ministry: Empowering Through Faith (Spring 2004).

Cook is a member of the Reformed Church in America. She serves as a contributing editor for Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought; is a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors; an Approved Supervisor and Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists; and a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Pastoral Theology.

Pastor, administrator, preacher and civic leader, Harrison Ray Anderson was a tireless and valiant voice for healing the division of American Presbyterianism, spawned by slavery and war and perpetuated by fear and suspicion. He was committed to the Presbyterian reunion of the northern and southern branches because of his pastoral concern for the church. Anderson died in 1979 failing to see the realization of his dream of Presbyterian reunion. In 1983, the northern and southern churches were reunited in Atlanta forming the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Throughout Anderson's campaign to reunite the churches, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary stood in the vanguard as the only seminary jointly sponsored by the northern and southern branches of American Presbyterianism. In 1985, Louisville Seminary completed an endowment campaign to establish the Anderson Professorship, which was first held by seminary faculty member Dr. George Grayson L. Tucker, Jr.
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