Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality and Ministry
Year Started at PTS: 2013

Contact Info

lowens@pts.edu
412-924-1458

Education

  • 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

 

Church Associations

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

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

Awards/Fellowships/Distinctions

  • 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

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