President and Professor of Theology
Howard Payne University, BA; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, MDiv; Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, DMin; University of Aberdeen (Scotland), PhD
The Rev. Dr. Michael Jinkins was called as President of Louisville Seminary in 2010. Jinkins previously taught at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he served as a professor, an administrator, and as Dean between 1993 and 2010. Jinkins has been ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for 30 years and joined the Austin Seminary faculty following 12 years in pastoral leadership in congregations in the Texas and in Scotland.
Throughout nearly two decades of seminary teaching and leadership, Jinkins has contributed to the life of the church and the academy with a vigorous and dynamic integration of professional and academic research, writing, consultations, grant development, publishing, and editorial responsibilities. He is the author of 13 books. His recent publications include Christianity, Tolerance and Pluralism: A Theological Engagement with the Social Theory of Isaiah Berlin
(Routledge, 2004) and Letters to New Pastors
(Eerdmans, 2006) and two general-audience books, Invitation to Psalms
(Abingdon, 2007) and Called to be Human: Letters to My Children on Living a Christian Life
(Eerdmans, 2009). His most recent book, The Church Transforming: What’s Next for the Reformed Project?
(Westminster John Knox, 2012) was published in 2012, and was edited and includes an introduction by Louisville Seminary Dean Susan R. Garrett. Jinkins also has written more than 100 articles, essays, chapters, reviews and papers in academic, professional and ecclesial publications. Jinkins is a regular contributor to Faith & Leadership: Call & Response
, the online publication of Duke Divinity School, Presbyterian Outlook
online, and The Huffington Post
and has written for a variety of journals, including The Christian Century
, Presbyterians Today
, Lectionary Homiletics
, Alban Institute’s Congregations
, and the (London) Times Supplement for Higher Education
Jinkins is passionate about theological education and preparing men and women for practical, public, and pastoral leadership in a world of cultural and religious difference. His experiences and contributions as a pastor, scholar, teacher, theologian, and academic administrator have earned him the respect of his students, his colleagues, his peers, denominational leaders, the academy, and the church. He is excited about serving as Louisville Seminary’s ninth president and for the future of Louisville Seminary, particularly its vision for building an inclusive seminary community in which people can gain theological education to prepare them to serve God in an increasingly pluralistic world.