Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary announced earlier this month that Rev. Dr. K.C. Ptomey Jr. (MDiv ’67) will join the faculty as the Louis H. and Katherine S. Zbinden Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Leadership, beginning July 1, 2009. Ptomey will teach pastoral ministry, church administration, congregational leadership, stewardship, and liturgy.
Ptomey concluded 27 years of ministry as pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tenn., in November 2008. He also served congregations in Collierville, Tenn., and Henderson and Arlington, Texas, since earning his Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Seminary in 1967.
In 2007, Louisville Seminary honored Ptomey as a Distinguished Alum, recognizing him for his years of “dynamic preaching and strong teaching.” He currently serves as a member of the Committee on Theological Education, and his sermons and articles have appeared in Presbyterian Survey, Journal for Preachers, Weavings, Pulpit Digest, and Reformed Liturgy and Worship.
“To me, K.C. Ptomey’s illustrious ministry over the past four decades has personally embodied and represented the major and essential callings and responsibilities of Reformed ministry: the minister as preacher, teacher, pastor, leader, and biblical / theological sensemaker. As a pastor scholar, his own disciplined reading and week-in and week-out sermon preparation have exemplified our Reformed emphasis on and regard for the life of the mind in the service of Christ and the Church,” said Louisville Seminary President Dean K. Thompson at a celebration event, hosted last fall at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
As the Louis H. and Katherine S. Zbinden Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Leadership, Ptomey will teach pastoral ministry, church administration, congregational leadership, and stewardship, “from the depth and breadth of personal experience in leading congregations,” stated an Austin Seminary news release.
Ptomey will follow Louis H. Zbinden, who became the first to hold the chair and who completed his term at the end of the 2008-09 academic year.