Lexington Theological Seminary names new Nunnelly Professor

Lexington, Ky. (May 16, 2012) – The Rev. Dr. Barbara Blodgett joins the faculty of Lexington Theological Seminary as the new Donald and Lilllian Nunnelly Assistant Professor in Pastoral Leadership.

“I am looking forward to joining the Lexington Theological Seminary community at this time in its history so full of promise,” Dr. Blodgett said.

A Ph.D. graduate of Yale University, Department of Religious Studies, Ethics Program, Dr. Blodgett was most recently a lecturer in the SAGES Program at Case Western University. Dr. Blodgett also served as director of supervised ministries at Yale Divinity School, where she earned a Master of Divinity degree. Dr. Blodgett recently served as minister for vocation and formation in the national setting of the United Church of Christ and served as associate pastor at First Congregational Church (UCC) in Amherst, Mass.  Her teaching experience also includes roles at Yale University Graduate School, Mount Holyoke College and Yale College. Dr. Blodgett is a respected author of three books and numerous publications on the subjects of pastoral ethics, worship practices, field education and other areas pertinent to ministry.

“We are pleased that Dr. Blodgett will be joining the Seminary community. She brings a unique combination of pastoral, academic, and leadership skills to the role that will serve our students well,” said Dr. Charisse L. Gillett, Lexington Theological Seminary President.

The Donald and Lillian Nunnelly Chair in the Practice of Ministry was established in 2003 with a $1.2 million anonymous gift in honor of the Nunnellys, LTS graduates who have served in various leadership roles on the regional and general levels in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

“The holder of the Nunnelly chair teaches courses in pastoral leadership that are central to education at Lexington Seminary, and directs our accountable ministry site program that is critical to preparation for pastoral ministry.  We are thrilled that Dr. Blodgett is bringing her considerable gifts to these important aspects of educating leaders who can renew the church,” said Richard Weis, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.

The prior holder of Nunnelly chair was Dr. Steve Monhollen, professor emeritus, who retired in January.

Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.