Seminary Names D.Min. Program Director and Welcomes Instructional Designer

Lexington Theological Seminary welcomes the Rev. Dr. Wilson Dickinson and Dominique Highfil to the seminary community.

The Rev. Dr. T. Wilson Dickinson will serve as Director of the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Program and Continuing Education. Dr. Dickinson will begin his new role August 1, taking the position held for many years by the late Dr. William “Bill” Turner, who passed away in April 2017.

Dr. Dickinson has been with LTS since 2016 as an Adjunct Professor of Theology. He also serves as director of The Green Good News, which works with churches, colleges, seminaries, and community organizations to integrate sustainability and Christian discipleship through workshops, courses, sermons, worship experiences, food-related projects, and administrative and organizational collaboration.

Lexington Theological Seminary’s D.Min. program is designed to enhance pastors’ capacity to critically interpret scripture and engage contemporary cultures in order to give fresh expression to the gospel and transform congregations for effective ministry. Designed on a cohort-based model, the degree provides significant learning in an on-going community of peers, with the accessibility and flexibility of an online program.

Applications are currently being accepted for the DMin. program at LTS. For more information and to apply, go to

Before coming to LTS, Dr. Dickinson worked at Transylvania University in numerous roles, including as the school’s Associate Dean for Religious Life. Dr. Dickinson has also served on a variety of church and community boards, including the Board of Directors of the Community Action Council, and worship leader at the Fayette County Detention Center.

Dr. Dickinson holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Syracuse University, M.Div from Vanderbilt University, and B.A. from Transylvania University. He was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Kentucky region in 2005. During his career, Dr. Dickinson has received numerous awards and honors, and has been published several times.

The Seminary’s incoming Instructional Designer brings a unique perspective to her role – the “human element” of distance learning.

Dominique Highfil studied psychology as an undergraduate, earning a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky before pursuing a master’s degree in Instructional Systems Design from UK in 2017. Her graduate work focused not only on distance learning design and gathering, analyzing and using educational data, but also the role of education in a culturally diverse society and the role of technology in the practice of teaching.

Prior to joining LTS, effective June 11, Highfil was a distance learning quality assurance coordinator for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and also has experience in corporate learning management systems.