Lesley Earles

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, MAMFT; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Virginia Tech PhD

Lesley Ann Earles, PhD, MAMFT, joined Louisville Seminary's faculty as Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy in 2020. Earles formerly served as Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Programs at Eastern University’s Campolo College (St. Davids, Pennsylvania).

Earles, has served as a helping professional for more than 20 years in a variety of contexts. Upon finishing her studies at Louisville Seminary, she completed a doctorate in Human Development with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).

She also served on research teams or taught courses at Virginia Tech, Florida State University, and Pepperdine University. Her interests include questions related to religiosity and women’s roles in family systems. Earles is a clinical fellow and approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Her experience includes substantial cross-cultural and intersectional experience as a teacher, therapist, organizer, and administrator. This is demonstrated in her three-year appointment with the Cayman Islands Government’s Department of Counseling Services (2008-2011). Here, she worked with underserved populations by designing, organizing and directing culturally appropriate direct services, supervising counseling professionals, providing community-based therapeutic services, and developing partnerships with agencies and organizations to strengthen community referral networks and client care.

Earles remains active in denominational and congregational life. She is a Commissioned Ruling Elder for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and currently serves as Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Livingston, Alabama. She previously served as Director of UKirk-Jacksonville State University Campus Ministry and Pastoral Care at First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, Alabama.

“I am thankful to be called back to my alma mater in order to work with students who are preparing for ministry in a variety of contexts. I look forward to a new chapter there as a member of the faculty with a return to a beloved community.”
- Lesley Earles