David R. Sawyer


 David R. Sawyer

E-maildsawyer@lpts.edu
Address1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, KY 40205
Phone800-264-1839
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Director of Lifelong Learning and Advanced Degrees, and Professor of Ministry, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Director of Lifelong Learning and Advanced Degrees, and Professor of Ministry, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

B.A., Southern Illinois University,
M.Div., Louisville Seminary,
Ph.D., Ohio University,

David Sawyer joined the Louisville Seminary faculty in 2002 and currently serves as the director of Lifelong Learning and Advanced Degrees and as Professor of Ministry.

“A call to church leadership is not a once-in-a-lifetime event. It is a continuing transformative experience of learning. Leaders are constantly checking the coordinates of their lives in Scripture, Community, Self, and Holy Spirit to discern where God wants them to be and what God wants them to do. I want to help make that learning an experience that happens in a supportive, safe, and healthy community.”

Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1969, David Sawyer has served as pastor in churches in Illinois, Ohio, and Minnesota, and Associate Executive for Ministry in the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy (St. Louis). He has also taught interim ministry with the Interim Ministry Network and the Presbyterian Interim Training faculty, and was adjunct professor at Eden Seminary in St. Louis and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

In his ministry, teaching, writing, and professional associations, he has brought the insights of the applied behavioral sciences, spiritual disciplines, and theology to the issues of leadership and the development of healthy churches. He has led conferences and workshops around the country on the family systems approach to conflict resolution and leadership development.

Dr. Sawyer is author of “The Church in Transition as a Human System” in Temporary Shepherds (Roger Nicholson, ed. Alban Institute, 1999) and Work of the Church: Getting the Job Done in Boards and Committees (Judson Press, 1987).

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