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Presidential Search

We invite nominations for a gifted leader to guide this winsome community committed to preparing individuals for ordained Christian ministry and other forms of service to the church and world. Nominees must be ordained ministers in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Nominations may be sent to

For the glory of God and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is a seminary in the Presbyterian-Reformed tradition whose mission is to educate and equip individuals for the ordained Christian ministry and other forms of Christian service and leadership; to employ its resources in the service of the church; to promote and engage in critical theological thought and research; and to be a winsome and exemplary community of God's people. 


The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees received the nominations of student, alumni, and faculty constituencies through recommendations of faculty, and student and alumni leadership. The appointed members of the Presidential Search Committee represent Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Virginia, and North Carolina, with the aim of honoring all corners of the Synod and our strong denominational ties at the national level. It is a diverse group with commitment to representation with respect to race, gender, age, vocation, and ecumenism. Four committee members hold degrees from Austin Seminary, representing three different programs; four denominations are represented including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the United Methodist Church, the Baptist tradition, and the A.M.E. tradition. In addition to all the unique vantage points and perspectives held within this group, the Executive Committee believes there is a treasure trove of intellect, wisdom, compassion, faithfulness, and love of the church within these individuals and their collective potential is astounding.

Presidential Search Committee

The Reverend Dr. Chris Currie – Trustee
Senior Pastor, St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, New Orleans


Ms. Chrystal Brigman – Student Body
AME Middler student from Orangeburg, South Carolina

The Reverend Katie Cummings (MDiv’05) – Trustee
Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Bentonville, Arkansas

The Reverend Dr. Jill Duffield (DMin’13) – Trustee
Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina

The Reverend Michael East (MDiv’14) – Austin Seminary Association
Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Norman, Oklahoma

Dr. David Jensen – Faculty
Academic Dean and Professor in the Clarence N. and Betty B. Frierson Distinguished Chair in Reformed Theology

Dr. Suzie Park – Faculty
Associate Professor of Old Testament

The Reverend Denise Pierce (MATS’11) – Trustee
Attorney, Schulman, Lopez, Hoffer, and Adelstein; Associate Minister, Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church, Austin

The Reverend Mark Ramsey – Trustee
Executive Director of The Ministry Collaborative; Charlottesville, Virginia

Mr. Conrad Rocha – Trustee
Executive Director, Law Access New Mexico and Synod Executive/Stated Clerk of the Synod of the SouthwestAlbuquerque, New Mexico

The Reverend Keatan King – Chair, Board of Trustees
Associate Pastor, St. Philip Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas