Steering Committee

Tracy Hartman (Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond) Chair

Since 2001, Tracy has served as the Daniel O. Aleshire Professor of Homiletics and Practical Theology at BTSR. She teaches preaching and directs the seminary’s Supervised Ministry and Doctor of Ministry programs.  She is the author of Letting the Other Speak: Proclaiming the Stories of Biblical Women and co-author of New Proclamation Commentary.  She also contributed to the Feasting on the Word and Feasting on the Gospels commentary series. Her forthcoming book will help congregations think theologically about risk and change. Dr. Hartman served as preacher and preaching instructor for the First Annual Pastor’s Conference and as preacher and lecturer for the First Annual Lay Women’s Conference at Baptist Theological Seminary at Zimbabwe.  She is active in Baptist life and has served as staff member and interim pastor to several Virginia churches. She enjoys preaching throughout the region. Professor Hartman was a member of the first class of M. Div. students at BTSR and won the Miller Award for Academic Achievement upon her graduation in 1995. Her Ph.D. work at Union Theological Seminary included ground-breaking research into the relationship between parish setting and preaching style for women pastors.

Barbara Sutton (St John’s School of Theology and Seminary) Vice-Chair

Lee Beach (McMaster Divinity College) Secretary

Lee is the Associate Professor of Christian Ministry, the Garbutt F. Smith Chair in Ministry Formation and the Director of Ministry Formation at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario where he teaches courses on the church in culture, pastoral ministry and Christian spirituality. Prior to coming to MDC Lee pastored for 18 years with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada serving churches in Peterborough, Cobourg and Scarborough, Ontario. He is currently involved in a new church initiative in Ancaster, Ontario where he lives with his wife Joanne. Lee Received his BRE from Canadian Bible College, his MDiv from Tyndale Seminary and his PhD from McMaster Divinity College. Lee and Joanne have two adult children. He is the author of the book, The Church in Exile: Living in Hope after Christendom (IVP).

John Senior (Wake Forest University School of Divinity) Treasurer

John directs the School of Divinity’s Art of Ministry program, which includes its field education curriculum. His research and teaching focus on pastoral formation for ministry, field-based learning, ministry leadership in both ecclesial and public settings, and the role of theological education in preparing leaders for a wide variety of institutional contexts. Trained in Christian ethics and the sociology of religion, Senior is also interested in political theology and ethics and earth-centered approaches to ministry and the moral life. He is currently working on a book project on structural evil. Senior is an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Communications (Open)

Barbara Blodgett (Lexington Theological Seminary) Member-at-Large 

Barbara Blodgett joined the faculty at LTS in 2012.  She is a minister, educator, and ethicist.  She has been an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ since 1987 and has served in parish ministry as well as the national setting of the UCC.  Dr. Blodgett received an MDiv from Yale Divinity School and a PhD from the Ethics Program of the Religious Studies Department at Yale University.  She specializes in practical and professional ethics, especially the ethics of ministry and the ethics of trust.  Dr. Blodgett is also a field educator, having served as Director of Supervised Ministries at Yale Divinity School from 1998-2009.  She is an active member of the Association for Theological Field Education.  At YDS she created and developed a program, Leadership in Public Ministry, teaching seminarians the skills of leadership for church and world. Dr. Blodgett has published three books: Constructing the Erotic: Sexual Ethics and Adolescent Girls, Lives Entrusted: An Ethic of Trust for Ministry, and Becoming the Pastor You Hope to Be: Four Practices for Improving Ministry.  She has also written for the journal Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry.  She leads workshops and continuing education events for seminarians, clergy, and other leaders on the topics of excellence, ethics, and leadership.  She has also taught undergraduate seminars on professional ethics and has a special interest in pedagogy and contextual education. Dr. Blodgett has been involved in broad based community organizing and enjoys classical and folk music, Stott pilates, biking, kayaking, sewing, and cooking.

Allison St. Louis (Virginia Theological Seminary) Member-at-large

The Rev. Allison St. Louis joined the VTS faculty March 15, 2010 as Director of Field Education and the Second Three Years Program. The Rev. St. Louis currently serves on the Pastoral Services Advisory Committee at Hartford Hospital and on the Diocese of Connecticut’s Committee II. She has been a Spiritual Director at VTS (2002-2004); a staff member of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation’s Preaching Excellence Program; and a Diocesan Review Committee member in the Diocese of Washington. She has been involved with the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington and has served as Co-chair of the Diocese of Washington’s Task Force on Racial Reconciliation. Prior to her work at the Cathedral in Hartford, she served at the Church of Our Saviour in Silver Spring, Maryland as Associate Rector (2003-2004) and as Assistant to the Rector (2000-2003). She holds Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science degrees from Howard University and a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. She was ordained a priest in 2001 by the Rt. Rev. Jane Holmes Dixon and she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her cross-cultural experience includes studies in Mexico and in Kenya.

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