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The Department of the Church's Ministry

The Department of the Church's Ministry engages in practical theology, which consists of critical and constructive theological reflection on the practices of the community of faith. God calls people through the church to engage in a number of diverse practices in the course of Christian ministry. This department organizes these practices into the following areas: Christian Education, Leadership and Administration, Mission and Evangelism, Pastoral Care, and Preaching and Worship. Each of these areas of theological inquiry finds its roots in scripture, its foundational doctrines articulated within the tradition, its practices changing throughout history, and its methods in conversation with the social sciences. Consequently through biblical and historical study, theological analysis, and interdisplinary dialogue, this department assists students to gain the understanding and skills necessary to being faithful participants in the ministry of the church.












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Rev. Dr. Carolyn Helsel
Assistant Professor of Homiletics
512-404-4833 (Work)
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Rev. Dr. Philip Helsel
Associate Professor of Pastoral Care
512-404-4844 (Work)
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Rev. Dr. Paul Hooker
Associate Dean for Ministerial Formation and Advanced Studies
512-404-4861 (Work)
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Rev. Bobbi Kaye Jones
512-404-4851 (Work)
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Rev. Dr. Timothy Lincoln
Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness
Director of the Stitt Library
Research Professor in Theological Education
512-404-4873 (Work)
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Rev. Dr. Jennifer Lord
The Dorothy B. Vickery Professor of Homiletics and Liturgical Studies
512-404-4853 (Work)
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Eric Wall
Assistant Professor of Sacred Music
Dean of the Chapel
512-404-4848 (Work)
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Rev. Dr. Theodore Wardlaw
Professor of Homiletics
512-404-4823 (Work)
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Rev. Dr. David White
C. Ellis and Nancy Gribble Nelson Professor of Christian Education
Professor in Methodist Studies
512-404-4839 (Work)
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