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Theological educator Don Richter to lead Louisville Institute grant projects for pastors

by Louisville Seminary | May 06, 2010
from the Louisville Institute news

The Rev. Dr. Don Carl Richter, has been named Associate Director of the Louisville Institute, effective July 1, 2010.

Richter has served since 1999 as the Associate Director of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People of Faith, funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. In that position, among other responsibilities, he supervised the Project’s grantmaking program related to Christian practices.

“Don Richter brings to the position of associate director many years of experience in grantmaking and grant project management and embodies in many exciting ways the goal of the Institute to bring church and academy closer together. We are delighted to welcome Don to the Louisville Institute team,” stated James W. Lewis, Executive Director of the Louisville Institute.

From 1992 to 1998 Richter served as the founding Director of the Youth Theology Institute and Assistant Professor of Christian Education at Candler School of Theology. He was Assistant Professor of Christian Education at Bethany Theological Seminary from 1988 to 1992 and has also taught at Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), he served as Associate Minister of Education at Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville from 1981 to 1984.

As Associate Director, Richter will administer the Louisville Institute’s two major grant programs for pastors: the Sabbatical Grants for Pastoral Leaders and the Pastoral Study Project programs. He will also work with other Louisville Institute grantmaking and convening efforts to bring together pastoral leaders and scholar-educators in religion and theology for the good of the church and North American society.

Dean Thompson, President of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Moderator of the Louisville Institute Board, added, “The Board and I are delighted with the appointment of Don Richter to this position and look forward to working with him in the important task of supporting those who lead congregations in North America.”

A native of Alabama, Richter was educated at Davidson College (BA) and Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv and Ph.D.). He has two children and lives in Decatur, Georgia, from where he will initially serve in his new appointment.

The Louisville Institute is a Lilly Endowment-funded program based at Louisville Seminary supporting those who lead and study American religious institutions. Learn more about the Institute at www.louisville-institute.org.

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