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Austin Seminary graduates are popping up everywhere. In its one hundred year plus history, Austin Seminary has touched the lives of more than 3,000 students. The Austin Seminary Alumni web page provides an on-line location for former classmates to catch up and share information about their lives, families, and ministries; it also serves to strengthen and maintain connections between the Seminary and its graduates.


Austin Seminary Association Community BBQ

Monday, September 15
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Hicks House
100 East 27th Street, Austin 78705

Please tell us if you can join us by Sept. 11.
Contact Sharon Sandberg at ssandberg@austinseminary.edu or 512-404-4886
You can also register online here

ASA Workshop - Nomads & Nones:
What the Church can learn from Millennials and the Spiritual But Not Religious
Tuesday, September 16
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
McCord 204
100 East 27th Street, Austin 78705


This workshop will be held in McCord 204 September 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (It includes free lunch). Participants will include ASA Board Members, Local Alumni, and current students.

We’ve all heard how young people are leaving the church in droves and many have experienced this reality first hand. At the same time, both pollsters and personal connections make us aware of a rising new demographic, those who self-identify as “Spiritual But Not Religious” (aka “the Nones”). Often these two groups, the Millennial generation and the Nones, are one and the same. This workshop will look into the reasons young people seem to be wandering away from institutional Christianity, and explore the various ministry practices that have proven at least somewhat successful at stemming this tide. We will go beyond this, however, to also ask what new and challenging truths the church in fact needs to humbly learn from the Spiritual But Not Religious generation, and brainstorm together how the institution of church itself could be radically reimagined in response to these new realities.
This workshop will be facilitated by Mike Clawson, an adjunct Faculty Instructor at APTS. Having received a MATS degree from Austin Seminary in 2010, Mike is currently at Baylor University finishing his doctoral dissertation on the roots of the Emerging Church Movement. Prior to coming to Texas he has been a youth pastor, an emerging church planter, and the National Cohorts Coordinator for Emergent Village. Mike currently resides in Austin, TX with his two children, Emma (9) and Aidan (6).
Recommended Reading: Kelly Bean, How to Be a Christian without Going to Church: The Unofficial Guide to Alternative Forms of Christian Community (Baker, 2014)


Alumni Gathering at Arkansas Presbytery
Friday, October 10
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Join us for dessert and drinks!

Ruby Tuesday
2915 Kazi St., Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401

Please let us know if you can
attend by October 9. Contact:

ssandberg@austinseminary.edu or 512-404-4886


Alumni Gathering at Pines Presbytery
Saturday, October 18
(At the conclusion of the Presbytery Meeting
Approximately 2:30 p.m)
Join us for afternoon refreshments!

Trinity Presbyterian Church
1944 Airline Drive, Bossier City, LA 71112
(318) 746-2951

Please let us know if you can
attend by October 17. Contact:

ssandberg@austinseminary.edu or 512-404-4886




Alice P. (MDiv'08) and Paul Hernandez- May 7, 2014 Reagan Sofia Hernandez

Emily R. (MDiv'08) and Henry Owen- December 9, 2013 Ross Reynolds Owen

Meredith (MDiv’08) and Ryan (MDiv’08) Kemp-Pappan—April 6, 2014 Henry Grant Kemp-Pappan

Mary Elizabeth (MDiv'11) and David B. Prentice-Hyers– April 27, 2014 Finlay Scott Hyers

Shane K. (MDiv'11) and Sarah Webb- July 9, 2014 Daniel Kermitt Webb

Andrew R. (MDiv'13) and Jordan Keyes June 17, 2014 Carter Matthew Keyes


Ronald M. Guinn (MDiv'59, ThM'71), Austin, TX, July 2, 2014

Patricia M. Pabst (MDiv’82), Franklin, TX, May 14, 2014


Jessica Espinoza (MATS'13) and Adam Glasebrook -May 17, 2014


Karen A. Wagner (MDiv'07) ordained and installed as Interim Pastor on June 1, 2014 at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, Kansas

Kristin M. Austin (MDiv'11) ordained as a Teaching Elder on May 31, 2014 at Central Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, Missouri. Serving as a chaplain at Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care

Kelly B. Staples (MDiv'11) ordained and installed as Designated Associate Pastor on March 16, 2014 at NorthPark Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas

Martin P. Garrison (MDiv’11) ordained as Pastor on July 27, 2014 at The Congregational Church of Austin and installed as the pastor of St. Peter's Church, Coupland, Texas on August 1.

Naomi Ingrim (MDiv'12), ordained and installed as a Teaching Elder, Stated Supply on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church, Copperas Cove, Texas

David P. Boyd (MDiv'14) ordained on June 29, 2014 at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Ballwin, Missouri, to be installed as Co-Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Gothenburg, Nebraska

Jill R. Boyd (MDiv'14) ordained on June 29, 2014 at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Ballwin, Missouri, to be installed as Co-Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Gothenburg, Nebraska

Alexander K. Cornell (MDiv'14) ordained and installed as Pastor on June 8, 2014 at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas

Joshua Kerr (MDiv'14) ordained as a Teaching Elder on July 13, 2014 at First Presbyterian in Claremore, Claremore Oklahoma, and installed as Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Perry Oklahoma

Other Alumni Notes

On May 17, Sallie S. Watson (MDiv’87) preached the Baccalaureate service at Austin College. The next day, during graduation, Austin College granted her an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.

Jesús Juan “Jesse” González (MDiv’92) became the pastor of First Presbyterian Church, McAllen, TX. July 6.

Tammy Gregory Brown (MDiv’94) has accepted a new call as the Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk of the North Alabama Presbytery. She began her new call July 1.

Steven Barnes (MA’00) became the Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Newton, NC, 11/18/13.

On June 6 Kerry Knox Westerwick (MDiv’06) received his Doctor of Ministry degree in Reformed Christian Spirituality from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. His project is titled “Trinity and Covenant: Rebuilding the Temple.”

John Russell Stanger (MDiv’12) has accepted the call to become the next Executive Director of Presbyterian Welcome effective Dec. 31, 2014.

On June 29, Joe Tognetti (MDiv’13) became the Associate Pastor at Colonial Hills UMC in San Antonio, TX

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100 E. 27th Street
Austin, Texas 78705
Phone: 512-404-4809


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