Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

L. Roger Owens

Associate Professor of Leadership and Ministry
Year Started at PTS: 2013

 

Contact Info

lowens@pts.edu
412-924-1458

Education

  • Ph.D., Duke University / Theology, 2006
  • M.Div., The Divinity School, Duke University, 2001
  • B.A., Anderson University / Bible/Religion and Philosophy, 1998

Bio

The Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens received his Ph.D. in theology from Duke University where he was awarded a Lilly Fellowship for the Formation of a Learned Clergy. Before that he completed his M.Div. at Duke Divinity School. As an undergraduate he studied philosophy and Bible/religion at Anderson University in Indiana. Owens is an ordained Elder in the North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. In North Carolina he served both urban and rural churches for eight years as co-pastor with his wife, the Rev. Ginger Thomas, before coming to PTS. His books include Pastoral Work: Engagements with the Vision of Eugene Peterson (edited with Jason Byassees), Abba, Give Me a Word: The Path of Spiritual Direction, Wendell Berry and Religion: Heaven’s Earthly Life (edited with Joel Shuman) and The Shape of Participation: A Theology of Church Practices, which was called “this decades best work in ecclesiology” by The Christian Century. Owens has preached and lectured across the country, and his work has appeared in The Christian Century, Currents in Theology and Mission, The Journal of Religious Ethics, New Blackfriars, and elsewhere. Owens serves on the faculty for the Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation, where he lectures on postmodern spirituality and traditions of Christian spirituality. Owens and his wife are the parents of three children, Simeon, Silas, and Mary Clare.

Church Associations

Ordination: Elder, North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church

Church Service

  • Board of Ordained Ministry, NC Conference of The United Methodist Church, 2012-2013
  • Advisory Board, The Upper Room Academy for Spiritual Formation
  • Faculty, The Upper Room Academy for Spiritual Formation

Professional Competencies

Areas of Specialty

  • Preaching 
  • Practical Theology and Ministry
  • Christian Spirituality

Professional Societies

  • Academy of Homiletics
  • Academy of Religious Leadership
  • Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Senior Fellow, A Foundation for Theological Education

Awards/Fellowships/Distinctions

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Evangelism, The Divinity School, Duke University, 2005-2007
  • Lilly Fellowship for the Formation of a Learned Clergy
  • John Wesley Fellowship, A Foundation for Theological Education
  • Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, Duke University, 2004-2005
  • Finalist, Word & World Essay Contest, 2003 and 2004

Additional Resources

Publications
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