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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. Theodore Wardlaw

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Location(s) Trull Administration Building
Department(s) Church's Ministry Department, Faculty, Staff
Title(s) President, Professor of Homiletics
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Listen to President Wardlaw's sermons here



BA, Presbyterian College

DMin, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia

STM, Yale University Divinity School


Theodore J. Wardlaw, the ninth president and professor of homiletics came to Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in the fall of 2002. Prior to that, he was the pastor/head of staff for twelve years at Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Other churches he served include the Germantown Presbyterian Church in Germantown, Tennessee, the Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church in Sherman, Texas, and the Setauket Presbyterian Church in Setauket, Long Island, New York.

A native of South Carolina, Ted Wardlaw is a graduate of Presbyterian College, and he earned his divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now Union Presbyterian Seminary. At Union, he won a graduate fellowship to continue his studies at Yale University Divinity School, where he earned a Masters of Sacred Theology in American Church History (Magna Cum Laude). As a parish pastor, he served on the Board of Visitors at Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, as a member of the Board of Trustees at Union Presbyterian Seminary, and as a member of the Board of Trustees at Montreat Conference Center. He also taught as an adjunct professor of homiletics at both Union and Columbia Seminaries. In 2007, he was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by his alma mater, Presbyterian College.

At Austin Seminary, President Wardlaw led the Seminary through the completion of the Centennial Campaign, and he has led additional capital campaigns raising more than $60 million to date. Under his leadership, the Seminary has funded the construction of two four-story apartment buildings for students and has plans to renovate and expand a library and Learning Information Center. He has presided over the selection of many new faculty members and staff members, and he preaches and teaches widely across the country. He has contributed to a number of edited books and has written numerous articles for such periodicals as The Christian Century, Journal for Preachers, Call to Worship, and The Presbyterian Outlook.

Wardlaw is married to Dr. Kay Bryant, a clinical psychologist practicing in Austin, and they have two adult daughters, both of whom live in Brooklyn. Ted and Kay are active in the life of University Presbyterian Church in Austin, where Kay serves on the Session.


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