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Austin Seminary Installs New Academic Dean
Posted 06/17/2014 08:00AM

Dr. David H. Jensen, professor in the Clarence N. and Betty B. Frierson Distinguished Chair of Reformed Theology and Associate Dean for Academic Programs, will be installed as Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s eighth academic dean in the institution’s 112-year history. The installation will take place during opening worship for the fall semester at Austin Seminary, at 7:00 p.m. on September 2, 2014. He will become dean on July 1 following the resignation of Allan H. Cole Jr.

“I am thrilled at the prospect of Dave Jensen’s deanship. He is highly respected as a theologian, as a cherished colleague among faculty peers, as a churchman, as a husband and father, and as a friend to so many," said President Theodore Wardlaw. The Office of Academic Dean at Austin Seminary has brought strength to strength for decades, and Dave Jensen will continue in that healthy pattern. It will be a pleasure to serve with him.”

Jensen earned the PhD in theology from Vanderbilt University in 1999. He earned a Master of Arts in Religion degree from Yale Divinity School in 1994 and graduated with a BA (magna cum laude) from Carleton College in 1990. Professor Jensen joined the faculty of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2001 and was installed in the Clarence N. and Betty Frierson Distinguished Chair of Reformed Theology this year. He has served as the associate dean since 2010; he also served as interim dean during the Fall 2010 semester. Active in the Constructive Theology Workgroup, Jensen hosted the first Frierson Distinguished Scholars Conference this spring, bringing theologians from five continents to the Austin Seminary campus.

“Austin Seminary is one of the most exciting places in the country to pursue a theological education. We have a superb faculty and engaging students who work with each other as we serve both church and world,” said Jensen. “We teach, learn, and study across the street from one of the largest universities in the nation and minutes away from the state capitol. The dynamic, creative, borderlands city of Austin helps focus our service to the church in a changing international context. I look forward to drawing on the rich heritage of this seminary and working collaboratively with faculty, administrators, and our various constituencies as we face new challenges together in the years ahead. The future is bright for theological education at Austin Seminary.”

He is author several books, including Flourishing Desire: A Theology of Human Sexuality (Westminster John Knox, 2012), Parenting (Fortress Press, 2011), Living Hope: The Future and Christian Faith (WJK, 2010); The Lord and Giver of Life: Perspectives on Constructive Pneumatology (editor, WJK, 2008); Responsive Labor: A Theology of Work (WJK, 2006); Graced Vulnerability: A Theology of Childhood (The Pilgrim Press, 2005); and In the Company of Others: A Dialogical Christology (Pilgrim, 2001).

He is currently writing a book on the history of Christian interpretations of Jesus and has just completed a theological commentary on 1 and 2 Samuel published by Westminster John Knox. He is also editor of a book series with Fortress Press, “Compass,” that encourages theological reflection on everyday practices such as eating, shopping, playing, and working.

Meet David Jensen  


Founded in 1902, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is an institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) whose mission is to educate and equip individuals for the ordained Christian ministry and other forms of Christian service and leadership. For more information and ways to support Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, visit www.austinseminary.edu.


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