David C. Hester


 David C. Hester

E-maildhester@lpts.edu
Address1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, KY 40205
Phone800-264-1839
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Dean of the Seminary, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Harrison Ray Anderson Professor of Ministry, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Dean of the Seminary, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Harrison Ray Anderson Professor of Ministry, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

B.A., University of Maine,
M.Div., Bangor Theological Seminary,
Ph.D., Duke University,

David Hester is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with pastoral experience in small, rural churches in Maine and North Carolina. Having earned a Ph.D. with an emphasis in Hebrew Bible, he became Assistant Professor of Religion at Berea College in Kentucky, where he taught until he was called to the Louisville Seminary faculty in 1985 to teach Christian education. His background in philosophy and biblical studies and his personal experience in rural and urban ministries lend an added dimension to his teaching of Christian education.

“Since I am deeply committed to congregational life, it is a pleasure to work in a field and discipline so inextricably related to it. For me, satisfaction comes from opportunities to focus on learning and understanding Scripture in congregational practice.”

Dr. Hester’s interest in the interface between Bible, interpretation, and Christian education, as well as congregational studies and governance of religious institutions is further explored in his publications. These include a number of articles and chapters in both disciplines as well as “I and II Samuel” in the Interpretation Bible Studies Series (Geneva, 2000) and a co-edited volume, Building Effective Boards for Religious Institutions: A Handbook for Trustees, Presidents, and Church Leaders (Jossey Bass, 2000). A forthcoming project will investigate how Scripture is actually read and interpreted by people in the Church which will primarily address the problem of “biblical literacy” as it relates to congregants knowing how to read Scripture in ways that it becomes enlightening to daily life.

Dr. Hester is a member of the Religious Education Association, the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education, and the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators



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