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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.


ASA BBQ & Workshop - Sept. 19 & 20

Worship in Shelton Chapel

Sept. 19, 11:10 a.m.  

ASA Community BBQ
Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

“Unconditional Self-Care
as the Foundation of Ministry” Workshop

September 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The ASA Board invites you to a free workshop led by Phil Helsel, the newest member of our faculty. Stay for the free lunch afterwards!

If you are a minister, you may be vulnerable to burnout because of pressure to perform more with fewer resources. The session will give you tools for reclaiming aspects of the childhood self, including the capacity to play and experience solitude. It will include exercises from narrative therapy to help you experience your own call to ministry afresh. As a result of the workshop, you will experience what it feels like to play, to encounter solitude, and to name your emotions

The event and lunch are free. 

Register for each event here. 


class notes | 

ASA Distinguished Award Recipients

Rebecca Reyes (MDiv'79) 

William O. Walker (MDiv'57)


Thomas W. Currie III (MDiv’73) authored Bread for the Journey: Notes to Those Preparing for Ministry (Resource Publications, 2015).


The Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau has named Karl-Heinz Schell (Ecum’80) synod dean of the Evangelisches Dekanat Odenwald.

Patricia K. Tull (MDiv’85) has published a new book, After Exegesis: Feminist Biblical Theology (Baylor University Press, 2015).


Shannon Kiser (MDiv’94) has joined the U.S. Fresh Expressions Team as director of training. Fresh Expressions is an initiative to generate new expressions of Christian community for those who are not yet members of any church.


Tasha (Hoffman) Blackburn (MDiv’01) was named to the University of the Ozarks Board of Trustees. She began her three-year term on Jan. 1. Tasha is the co-pastor with her husband, Phillip (Legg) Blackburn (MDiv’01), at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Brice Rogers (MDiv’03) has started a new job as assistant professor of Christian studies at Hannam University in Daejeon, South Korea. Hannam University was established in 1956 by American Presbyterian missionaries.

Sarah E. (MDiv’07) and Cameron T. (MDiv’07) Allen welcomed daughter, Lyla Joy, November 16, 2015.

Joseph Moore (MDiv’09) has been called to be the pastor of Buckhorn Presbyterian Church in Masonville, Colorado.

Alexandra Knott Rodgers (MDiv’09) has been called to be the associate pastor for faith formation and congregational care at Decatur Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Georgia.

Krystal (MDiv’11) and John D. (MDiv’11) Leedy welcomed daughter, Lorelai Kay, on December 24, 2015.

Mitchell D. Kolls (MDiv’12) was ordained and installed as associate pastor of Dripping Springs (Texas) Presbyterian Church on March 6, 2016.

Gregory and Meagan Ludwig (MDiv’13) welcomed daughter, Luna Mildred, February 16, 2016.

Stephen Robinson (MDiv’13) has been approved to be a board certified chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Joe Tognetti (MDiv’13) is serving as the pastor of First UMC-Edcouch and First UMC-Lyford (Rio Grande Valley, Texas).

Laura Westerlage (MDiv’13) is manager of casework services for the Stewpot at First Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas.

Jill R. Boyd (MDiv’14) has been called as pastor to First Presbyterian Church, Cozad, Nebraska.

John Harrison (MDiv’15) married Michelle Bach on December 5, 2015.

Eric A. Peterson (MDiv’15) married Chelsea Kindred on December 12, 2015. 

ordinations |

Ruth A. Elswood (MDiv’15) was ordained at Grace Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, Florida, December 13, 2015.

John Harrison (MDiv’15) was ordained at Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, on March 6, and commissioned as a pastor evangelist at Affton Presbyterian Church in St. Louis on March 13.

in memoriam | 

Richard C. Wells (MDiv’60, DMin’81), Austin, Texas, January 5, 2016

Charles R. Galbraith (MDiv’61), Corpus Christi, Texas, March 1, 2016

Leila L. Power (MDiv’81) and Trustee (1994-2003), Austin, Texas, December 31, 2015

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Phone: 512-404-4809


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