Blair Monie Installed to Louis H. and Katherine S. Zbinden Distinguished Chair of Pastoral Ministry and Leadership at Austin Seminary
Posted 11/19/2015 08:00AM

AUSTIN—Austin Seminary Professor Blair Monie was installed to the Louis H. and Katherine S. Zbinden Distinguished Chair of Pastoral Ministry and Leadership on November 3. Monie joined the Austin Seminary faculty in 2014 to teach in the areas of pastoral ministry, church administration, congregational leadership, stewardship, and liturgy. Prior to being called to the faculty of Austin Seminary, Monie served for nearly twenty years as the pastor and head of staff at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas.

“With the addition of Blair Monie to our faculty, students have the opportunity to learn from one of the most respected pastors in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),” said Academic Dean David H. Jensen. “Blair brings a wealth of pastoral experience, has an acute listening ear, and brings a wise and measured voice to faculty conversations and the classroom. He is thriving in this newly found vocation. Students and faculty colleagues will benefit from his presence on campus for years to come.”

Monie holds a BA in English from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania (1970), the Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary (1973), and the Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary (1979), where his doctoral thesis focused on the supervision of seminarians in field education. He is the author of the PC(USA) adult study guide Seven Days to Glory (2011). For two decades before leading Preston Hollow he served churches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

“The Zbinden Chair-holder needs to be a best-practices pastor who has navigated well the waters of parish ministry and who has integrated all of the various areas of study in theological education into a coherent whole, and Blair does that so astonishingly well,” said President Theodore J. Wardlaw. “This is why he is so successful as a mentor, a model, a teacher, a pastor, and a friend to our students. We are so happy he is here.”

Dr. Monie has served the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) broadly. He has been involved in theological education since his ordination in 1973. He served on the Board of Trustees of Austin Seminary from 2003-2012. He has served on the Board of Princeton Theological Seminary since 2014, and for nine years he was a reader of qualifying examinations for Princeton’s DMin program and a supervisor in Princeton Theological Seminary’s “Teaching Church” program. He was a member of the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), chairing the Congregational Ministries Division. He was also a member of the Committee on Theological Education (COTE), and he chaired the Ecclesiology Committee of the 217th General Assembly in 2006, with major responsibility for the Report of the Special Task Force on the Peace, Unity, and Purity of the Church. He serves on the Pastoral Advisory Council for the Board of Pensions.

Designed to be filled by an eminent pastor, the Louis H. and Katherine S. Zbinden Distinguished Chair of Pastoral Ministry and Leadership was established in 2002 by the First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, Texas, in order to bring the wisdom and experience of pastoral leadership into the closest proximity possible to seminary students. The chair is named in honor of the Rev. Dr. Louis H. Zbinden, the pastor emeritus of First Presbyterian Church and the first holder of the chair, and his wife, Katherine.

 

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