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David C. Hester

Harrison Ray Anderson Professor of Pastoral Theology, Professor of Christian Education, and Director, Doctor of Ministry and Continuing Education

University of Maine, BA; Bangor Theological Seminary, MDiv; Duke University, PhD

David Hester is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with pastoral experience in small, rural churches in Maine and North Carolina. Having earned a Ph.D. with an emphasis in Hebrew Bible, he became Assistant Professor of Religion at Berea College in Kentucky, where he taught until he was called to the Louisville Seminary faculty in 1985 to teach Christian education. His background in philosophy and biblical studies and his personal experience in rural and urban ministries lends an added dimension to his teaching of Christian education.

"Since I am deeply committed to congregational life, it is a pleasure to work in a field and discipline so inextricably related to it. For me, satisfaction comes from opportunities to focus on learning and understanding Scripture in congregational practice."

Dr. Hester’s interest in the interface between Bible, interpretation, and Christian education, as well as congregational studies and governance of religious institutions is further explored in his publications. These include a number of articles and chapters in both disciplines as well as I and II Samuel in the Interpretation Bible Studies Series (Geneva, 2000) and Job in the same series (Westminster John Knox, 2005) and a co-edited volume, Building Effective Boards for Religious Institutions: A Handbook for Trustees, Presidents, and Church Leaders (Jossey Bass, 2000).

Serving as Dean of the Seminary from 2005-2012, Dr. Hester is now serving as Director, Doctor of Ministry and Continuing Education. He is currently engaged in research and writing related to Interfaith Relations and Religious Education.

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