Dean K. Thompson

Dr. Dean K. Thompson
Address1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, KY 40205

President and Professor of Ministry, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

A.B., Marshall University,
B.D.,Th.M.,Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary Virgina (Union-PSCE),

Dean K. Thompson is President and Professor of Ministry at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Dr. Thompson was pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Charleston, West Virginia, for nine years prior to becoming the Seminary’s eighth president in 2004.

Thompson grew up in Huntington, West Virginia, and following his theological education at Union-PSCE, he served at Montgomery Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, West Virginia, from 1973 to 1979; at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas, from 1979 to 1984; and at Pasadena Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, California, from 1984 to 1995, when he moved to Charleston to lead the 1,600-member congregation with a strong ministry in community outreach.

Dr. Thompson earned his degrees at Marshall University, A.B., and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (Union-PSCE), B.D., Th.M., and Ph.D. He also has received honorary degrees from Centre College, D.D., and Hanover College, D.D.

Throughout his years of pastoral ministry, Thompson has also served as a member of the board of trustees and an adjunct professor at San Francisco Theological Seminary and Union-PSCE, and as an instructor at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has also served on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Committee on Theological Education (COTE). At Louisville Seminary, Dr. Thompson is a member of the faculty team that teaches “Practical Theology in Congregations.”

“Presbyterians are thinking people with warm hearts. We are expectant servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God (I Cor. 4:1). We long for our ministers to nurture and lead the church as biblical/theological sensemakers who, in their preaching, teaching, pastoral care and leadership, feed God’s people with the gospel’s empowering grace and truth. The diverse and ecumenical congregations which support our Seminary yearn to call pastors who are trained and committed to nourish them with the stories of Israel, the teachings of Jesus, and the basic beliefs of our Christian heritage.”

Dr. Thompson has published 60 articles and reviews and presented lectures, seminars, and addresses on subjects such as leadership, history, theology, ministry and theological education, mission and ecumenism, worship and preaching, and justice and mercy. He is the author of “storal Grace Notes: On God and the Problem of Evil” in The Register of the Company of Pastors (Vol. 9, No. 2, Fall 2008) and “Wrestling with the Death Penalty” in The Presbyterian Outlook (October 29, 2007), co-author of Go Therefore: 150 Years of Presbyterians in Global Mission (Presbyterian Publishing House, 1987) and Virginia Presbyterians in American Life: Hanover Presbytery (1755-1980), and co-editor of Essays on the History of the Household of Faith, a collection of writings in honor of James Hutchinson Smylie in Affirmation (Fall, 1993).

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