President and Professor of Homiletics
Year Started at PTS: 2005

Contact Info


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh / Rhetoric and Communication, 1977 
  • M.Div., Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1973
  • B.A., University of Tulsa / Religion, Philosophy, and Greek, 1970

Honorary Degrees

  • Doctor of Science, Waynesburg University, 2007
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Sterling College, 2004
  • Doctor of Divinity, Presbyterian College, 2000


In addition to serving as the Seminary’s fifth president, the Rev. Dr. William J. Carl III is a professor of homiletics. Before coming to the Seminary, Carl served as pastor of the 1,700-member First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, a position he held for 22 years. Carl graduated from the University of Tulsa, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (where he was a Patterson Fellow in New Testament Greek), and the University of Pittsburgh (where he also taught as an instructor). He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1973. Carl’s previous teaching experience includes Union Theological Seminary (Va.), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and Austin Theological Seminary. He has lectured at Oxford, Princeton, Cornell, and Boston Universities, the Moscow Theological Academy, St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, the Kerala United Theological Seminary in India, The Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea, and dozens of other divinity schools and conferences both here and abroad. Carl has published eight books (two of which have been translated into Korean) and more than 75 scholarly articles and reviews. He also lectures on the brain at medical schools and conferences and serves as an ethics consultant to corporations. Carl is married to Jane. Their immediate family includes: their son, Jeremy, a professional tennis instructor in Washington, D.C., his wife, Melissa, a lobbyist for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Jeremy and Melissa’s young daughter, Margaret Lenore (Maggie) Carl (Dr. and Mrs. Carl’s first grandchild), and another son, David, who is an actor in New York City.

After 10 years of service to Pittsburgh Seminary, Dr. Carl has accepted a call to Independent Presbyterian Church (Ala.) and will begin fulltime in July.

Church Associations

Ordination: PC(USA), 1973 as Minister of Word and Sacrament

Professional Competencies

Areas of Specialty

  • Homiletics
  • Greek language

Professional Service

Board Service

  • Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
  • Central Dallas Association
  • DFW Airport Chaplaincy
  • Louisville Presbyterian Seminary
  • Austin College
  • Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas
  • Presbyterian Health Care Resources
  • Texas Health Resources
  • Dallas Together (Mayor’s Task Force on Race Relations)

Editorial Board

  • The Living Pulpit

Leadership for Professional Societies

  • 2003: Guest Chaplain, United States Senate
  • 2002: Moderator, Grace Presbytery in Texas
  • 1997-1998: President, Greater Dallas Community of Churches
  • 1997: Reporter for the Presbyterian Outlook in Seoul, Korea
  • 1991: Chair, Bills and Overtures, PCUSA General Assembly
  • 1980: Retreat Master for U.S. military officers and troops in Berchtesgaden, Germany, and later in Golden, Colorado


  • 2002: Winner, Telluride Indiefest Screenwriting Contest, for “Maggie’s Perfect Match”
  • 1979: Sermon “So Help Me God” published in the Congressional Record of the United States Congress

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