Seminary Welcomes New Instructional Designer and Advancement Specialist

Lexington Theological Seminary welcomes Dr. Lisa Jones as Instructional Designer and the Rev. Katherine Raley as Advancement Specialist.
Dr. Lisa Jones joins LTS from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, where she served as System Director for Distance Learning Initiatives. Dr. Jones oversaw all online courses offered among 16 colleges and led educational innovation in distance learning, including the competency-based Learn on Demand program.

Dr. Jones has a long history of teaching and designing online courses for Kentucky universities and colleges. She previously served as Director of Educational Technology at Berea College before arriving at KCTCS as System Director.  As a product of public education, Lisa believes in the transformative power of education and the importance of technology to reach and provide opportunities for all students. Her interests and current projects are focused on distance learning, competency-based education, micro-credentials, quality instructional design for online education, and educational technology. Dr. Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Shawnee State University and Master of Arts and Doctor of Education degrees at Morehead State University.

Rev. Raley will join the LTS Advancement Office Jan. 8. Rev. Raley comes to Versailles, Ky., joining her aunt and uncle, Revs. Debbie and Dean Phelps, while doing Search and Call. Rev. Debbie Phelps is pastor at New Union Christian Church, while Rev. Dean Phelps, a UK alumnus and native of Maysville, Ky., joined Suran Systems in Versailles after serving as Interim Regional Minister for the Central Rocky Mountain Region.
Rev. Raley most recently served as Minister at First Christian Church in her hometown of Columbia, S.C. Previously, she served as the Associate Pastor at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Rev. Raley studied ministry and social work at the University of Chicago, where she received a joint Master of Arts in Social Service Administration and Master of Divinity in 2012. She was ordained by her home congregation, First Christian Church of Columbia, in 2012. She also served multiple ministry positions in the local and general expressions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) prior to and during her studies, gaining experience in ecumenism, peace and social justice work, new church ministry, and mission.