Hugh Thomson Kerr Professor of Pastoral Theology
Year Started at PTS: 2013

Contact Info



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

Recent Courses Taught

  • Wisdom from the Desert
  • The Spirituality of Thomas Merton
  • Preaching as Spiritual Direction
  • Introduction to the Pastoral Arts
  • The Pastor as Adaptive Change Leader
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Parish Leadership and the Practice of Ministry
  • Practicing Communal Discernment
  • Theology of Church Ministry and Pastoral Spirituality
The Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens
Professor Owens devotes his teaching and research to how people and congregations are formed in the way of Christ.

Church Associations

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

Church Service

  • Board of Ordained Ministry, N.C., 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
  • Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Senior Fellow, A Foundation for Theological Education


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

Additional Resources

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  • Doing it Different is a limited podcast partnership with Porshanality Media and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Listen to this wonderful overview of several PTS Doctor of Ministry focus areas highlighting faithfulness and adaptability as vital to the work of ministry in this moment and as central to the discussion and learning in the DMin program. Porsha Williams Gates facilitates this discussion with the Rev. Ayana Teter, Dr. Edwin van Driel, and Dr. Roger Owens. Listen now.