FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bobbi Kaye Jones Appointed to Zbinden Chair at Austin Seminary
AUSTIN (May 31, 2019) – The Board of Trustees at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary has called The Reverend Bobbi Kaye Jones (MDiv’80) as professor in the Louis H. and Katherine S. Zbinden Distinguished Chair in Pastoral Leadership and Ministry. The appointment becomes effective July 1, 2019; she will teach students in the practical areas of pastoral ministry: church administration, congregational leadership, stewardship, and liturgy.
An ordained minister in the United Methodist Church (UMC), Reverend Jones retired in 2018 from her appointment to Tarrytown United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas, where she served for six years. She was District Superintendent from 2008-2012, preceded by tenures in Austin and Corpus Christi United Methodist congregations. She served as senior pastor of St. John’s UMC in Austin (2001-2008), co-pastor of Grace UMC in Corpus Christi (1997-2001), senior associate pastor of First UMC, Austin (1981-1997), and associate pastor of Memorial UMC, Austin (1981-1983).
“I am so pleased that the Reverend Bobbi Kaye Jones is assuming the mantle of the Zbinden Chair,” says Seminary President Theodore J. Wardlaw. “She has served across her career as a best-practices model of parish ministry for our students to learn from and emulate. As an effective pastor, preacher, teacher, and leader, she demonstrates the synthesis of all of the disciplines of theological formation that blend so well to form a picture of integrity for the sake of the church. Our students will be blessed by her presence among us, and I look forward to her service on our faculty.”
A graduate of Austin Seminary, Jones has been actively involved in all facets of her alma mater since earning her degree in 1980. She has been an adjunct faculty member (1995-2011) and served on the alumni association board (1998-2001) and board of trustees (2017-2019). She was named Distinguished Alumnus in 2004.
Rev. Jones’ ministry has extended to several state and local organizations such as Texas Freedom Network, Common Good Community Development, Freestore Austin, and The Ecclesiastes Project—all of which she was a founding member—along with Campfire Organization of Central Texas, Imagine No Malaria, and Interfaith Action of Texas (iACT). She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin Plan II honors program. Jones is married to the Reverend David Gilliam and is mother to three daughters.
About the Louis H. and Katherine S. Zbinden Chair
The First Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, Texas, endowed the Louis H. and Katherine S. Zbinden Chair in 2002 in honor of their long-time pastor, the Reverend Louis H. Zbinden, and his wife. This endowed professorship was designed to bring the wisdom and experience of pastoral leadership into the closest proximity possible to seminary students. From the depth and breadth of personal experience leading congregations, this professor will teach pastoral ministry, church administration, congregational leadership, and stewardship. Holders of the chair have included The Reverends Louis H. Zbinden, K.C. Ptomey, and Blair Monie.