The Board of Trustees of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and President Dean K. Thompson have appointed The Rev. Dr. Dianne Reistroffer as Acting Director of Field Education, effective June 1, 2009.
Reistroffer offered her own leadership for the position following the Board of Trustee’s decision to suspend the search for a new director this past February. The Board’s action was in response to the economic downturn. Reistroffer will take responsibility for the Seminary’s hallmark program at the end of the academic year, when current the director, The Rev. Dr. Garnett Foster, retires.
Last fall, Foster announced she would retire as Director of Field Education and Ministry Placement of Louisville Seminary at the end of the academic year. (See story, The Foster Legacy.)
Reistroffer has served on the Seminary faculty since 1998. In addition to serving as Professor of Ministry, she also is Director of Methodist Studies, and Officer of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at the Seminary.
Reistroffer is no stranger to the work of theological field education. During her years on the faculty at Boston University School of Theology (1992-1995), she served as Associate Director of Professional Education, co-directing with her colleague Dr. Connie Bickford the Field Education and Doctor of Ministry programs. In addition to her doctoral work in adult and continuing professional education at the University of Wisconsin, Reistroffer completed two separate courses of study in advanced supervision of pastoral ministry at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She has been a member of the Association of Theological Field Educators and has developed training programs for supervising pastors and lay committees of teaching parishes.
An experienced pastor for more than twenty years, Reistroffer has served United Methodist, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ congregations in New England, Wisconsin, and Kentucky. She is a clergy member of the Wisconsin Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and a clergy member of the Presbytery of Western Kentucky. Her most recent pastorates have been as Stated Supply at Central Presbyterian Church in Owensboro, Ky., (2001-2004) and at First Presbyterian Church in Eminence, Ky. (2005-2007).
Louisville Seminary helped to pioneer the field education and clinical pastoral experience in theological education more than 60 years ago. Across rural, suburban, urban, and multicultural landscapes, the Seminary’s field education and marriage and family therapy programs have taken the classroom into the world while students build a theological foundation through study and research. Louisville Seminary’s Field Education program is identified as one of the top experiences of its graduates, and it is cited as one of the top reasons students select Louisville Seminary for their preparation as pastors, teachers, chaplains, counselors, and public leaders.
Learn more about the Field Education Program, how to become a field education site, or how to serve as a field education supervisor at http://www.lpts.edu/Academic_Programs/Field_Education.asp.