Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the election of Katherine Cummings of Houston, Texas, Rhashell Hunter of Louisville, Kentucky, and Lana Russell of Austin, Texas, to join its Board of Trustees. They will each serve a three-year term beginning fall of 2013. 

Katie Cummings

Katie Cummings (MDiv’05) is associate pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church, Houston. After graduating from Austin Seminary, she was called to be associate for discipleship and congregational care at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, Houston (2005-2008). She has been vice moderator of New Covenant Presbytery since 2010 and has also served on the Committee on Ministry for the presbytery. She was a Jean Brown Scholar at Austin Seminary and is a current doctor of ministry student. She earned a BA in Plan II Honors Liberal Arts, cum laude, from The University of Texas at Austin.


Rhashell Hunter
Rhashell Hunter is director of racial ethnic and women’s ministries / Presbyterian Woman within the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the PC(USA). She has served as the pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Flint, Michigan, and as associate pastor for Worship, Music & the Arts at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. She received the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and the Master of Divinity at McCormick Theological Seminary where she earned several honors. She also earned a Master of Fine Arts from Trinity University and a bachelor of arts in drama and journalism from the University of Houston.
Lana Russell
Lana Russell is vice president of several family-owned and -operated oil and gas companies based out of Midland, Texas. She serves on the Adult Ministry and Stewardship Committees at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Austin. She was director of Alumni and Church Relations for Austin Seminary until 2012 and also served as associate pastor of Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She was awarded the Charles H. Jagow Prize in Preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary (2003) and earned master of theology and master of divinity degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. She also earned a bachelor of arts from the University of Texas, Permian Basin, in religion and psychology.