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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. Paul Hooker

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Department(s) Church's Ministry Department, Faculty
Title(s) Associate Dean for Ministerial Formation and Advanced Studies
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Listen to Dr. Hooker's sermons here



BA, University of Tennessee, 1975

DMin, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, 1979

PhD, Emory University, 1993, Old Testament; Dissertation: "The Kingdom of Hezekiah: Judah in the Geopolitical Context of the Late Eighth Century BCE"



Paul Hooker is Associate Dean for Ministerial Formation and Advanced Studies. He joined the administration of Austin Seminary in August 2012 and directs the Doctor of Ministry and Supervised Practice of Ministry programs. He also administers the Certificate in Ministry program.

Dr. Hooker is the author of 1 and 2 Chronicles, a commentary in the Westminster Bible Companion Series from Westminster John Knox Press. He is co-author with John Hayes of A New Chronology of the Kings of Israel and Judah and Its Implications for Biblical History and Literature (Wipf and Stock, 2007). He has also written several reviews and articles for journals and other publications in the field of biblical studies.

Dr. Hooker is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Prior to coming to Austin Seminary, Dr. Hooker was executive presbyter and stated clerk in the Presbytery of St. Augustine (Jacksonville, Florida) for thirteen years. He served as a pastor in three congregations in Tennessee and Georgia before going to the presbytery.

Dr. Hooker has extensive experience in writing and interpreting the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), having served as a member and moderator of the Advisory Committee on the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He was a member of the Form of Government Task Force appointed by the General Assembly to create the church’s current Foundations for Presbyterian Polity and Form of Government. He has made numerous presentations around the church on the nature and structure of the church’s Book of Order.

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