Leadership at LPTS


Louisville Seminary is the leader in theological education surrounding issues of justice, community, and compassion. Together, we share an enormous responsibility for continuing the transformative “Whosoever” community ethos that permeates through the campus and spills courageously into the world locally, nationally, and abroad.

Bold and brave innovation must be deeply rooted in the next chapter of our seminary's institutional saga with an eye toward the future needs of all of God's people. In order to strengthen the “Whosoever” community, we will listen sincerely to the desires and fears of the campus and create partnerships that commit to sustainable, ongoing relationships built on trust, love and grace.

LPTS does not exist for itself to self-perpetuate. We must, first and foremost, be guided by the Holy Spirit in the mission, to educate people to proclaim the Gospel, care for all, and work for justice in communities everywhere.

Visit https://lpts.edu/inauguration2024/ in the months to come as plans come together for the auspicious occasion!

Cabinet Leadership

The President meets regularly with senior administrative officers: the Dean of the Seminary, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Dean of Community Life, the Vice President for Philanthropy & Stewardship, the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives & Communications, and the Executive Director of the Louisville Institute.

The primary purposes of these meetings are to facilitate communication among the five major areas of the Seminary and the Louisville Institute and to provide a forum for mutual exchange, support, and encouragement.

Raymond Bonwell

Interim Executive Director, Louisville Institute
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Kilen Gray

VP for Enrollment and Student Success
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Tyler Mayfield

Interim Dean of the Seminary, A.B. Rhodes Professor of Old Testament and Faculty Director of the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion
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Debra Mumford

VP for Academics; Dean of the Seminary;
Frank H. Caldwell Professor of Homiletics
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Emalee Rose

VP, Office of Advancement
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Theresia Smith

VP for Finance and Operations
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Charlotte Tullos

Interim VP, Enrollment & Student Success
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Kassandra Turpin

VP, Strategic Initiatives & Communication
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Student Body Representatives

Alex Pickell

Student Body President

Mika Rangal

Student Body Clerk

Aqil Javed

Student Body Representative

Callan Kennedy

Student Body Representative

Robin Kay (Self) Monk

Student Body Representative

Chance Mwangomba

Student Body Representative

Marie Nguyen

Student Body Representative

Lyndsey Jayne Pennington

Student Body Representative

Kathryn Sappington

Student Body Representative

Christopher Stewart

Student Body Representative

Title IX Coordinator

Title IX prohibits schools, colleges, and universities that receive federal funds from discriminating based on sex—whether in the form of different treatment, or hostile educational environment created by sexual harassment or assault. The Title IX Coordinator oversees all aspects of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s (LPTS) compliance with Title IX, including policies and procedures related to sexual misconduct and other forms of sex discrimination, coordinating the training of students, faculty and staff, and ensuring that assault survivors have access to appropriate resources and support.

LPTS prohibits all forms of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct. This policy in the Student Handbook outlines student expectations, reporting options, and resources for all students, employees, Seminary visitors, or third parties within the Seminary community, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Reporting Options

Any person may report sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, in person, by mail, by phone, or by email.

Rev. Kilen Gray, D.Min
Dean of Community Life and Title IX Coordinator
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, KY 40205-1798
502-895-3411 x367
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The manner in which the Seminary community governs itself exhibits how important each person’s contribution is to the interdependent working of the community. Constitutional authority for the governance of the Seminary rests with the Board of Trustees, which has delegated certain governance responsibilities to the faculty.

The oversight of the immediate operation of the Seminary is provided by the faculty and various offices of the administration. The faculty exercises certain of its responsibilities through a Seminary Plan of Governance, which includes members from all parts of the community, including students’ spouses, who meet in standing committees to take on community, church, and wider world issues and offer recommendations to the decision-making body called the Seminary Council. The Council includes members of the faculty, some administrators, staff representatives, and students elected by the student body.

The Seminary Council has approximately one student member for every two faculty members. There are five standing committees that help the community remain faithful to God’s call in the community and the world: the Academic Committee; Christian Life Committee; Community Affairs Committee; Committee on Cultural and Religious Diversity; and the Gender and Ministry Committee. These committees and their task forces are responsible for the many social activities and learning experiences that bind together the people of God.

Governance Manual

Board of Trustees

The management and control of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is vested in its Board of Trustees, an elected body of up to 37 members. The Trustees give oversight to the operations of the Seminary through shared governance with the Seminary President and its faculty. The Trustees elect the President and faculty and confer degrees. The Board of Trustees has responsibility for the policies governing all aspects of Seminary life.

The Board of Trustees meets twice each year for two to three days. The work of the Board is accomplished through its committees, including the following standing committees: Executive, Academic Affairs, Finance, Philanthropy & Stewardship, Audit, Governance, and Community Life.

For information about the Board of Trustees and its membership contact the Office of the President.


Board Members

Officers of the Board

  • Chair, Elizabeth Clay
  • Vice Chair, Lisa Allgood
  • Secretary, Glen Bell

Honorary Life Members

  • Lant B. Davis, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Bari Johnson, Spring Lake, Mich.
  • Pamela G. Kidd, West Olive, Mich.
  • Robert L. Reed, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dorothy (Dot) Ridings, Louisville, Ky.
  • Suzanne W. Whaley, Naples, Fla.


  • Beth Adams, Birmingham, AL
  • Melissa Allison, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Lisa D. Allgood, Cincinnati, OH
  • Glen Bell, Louisville, KY
  • Elizabeth Clay, Louisville, KY
  • Laurie L. Deacon, Gates Mills, OH
  • Jamesetta Ferguson, Louisville, KY
  • Michael Gilligan, Columbus, OH
  • Lyle S. Hanna, Lexington, KY
  • Clemette Haskins, Frankfort, KY
  • Lara Hauser, Mequon, WI
  • Troy Hauser-Brydon, Grand Haven, MI
  • Ashley A. Hicks, Columbus, OH
  • Alice Houston, Louisville, KY
  • Tim Malone, Louisville, KY
  • Patricia Maloney, Huntsville, AL
  • Amariah McIntosh, Bowling Green, OH
  • Miss. Katherine Nyberg, Birmingham, MI
  • Tanner Pickett, Montreat, NC
  • Andrew D. Pomerville, Seminary President, Louisville Seminary (official July 1, 2023)
  • Edwin C. Sanders, II, Nashville, TN
  • Anne Steele, Gates Mills, OH
  • Jay Summerville, Clayton, MO
  • Lee Walthall, Birmingham, AL
  • Katina Whitlock, Louisville, KY
  • Polly Williams, Waxahachie, TX
  • Jim Wilson, Columbus, OH

Seminary Council

The Seminary Council consists of all faculty, 10 students, the Staff Moderator and an additional representative from the staff, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Vice President for Philanthropy & Stewardship, the Director of the Library, the Registrar, the Dean of Community Life, the Director of Recruitment and Admissions, the Executive Director of the Louisville Institute, the Associate Director of the Louisville Institute, the Coordinator of Academic Support Services, the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, the Director of Clinical Training, the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, and the Director of Field Education; all of these Council members have voice and vote.

The areas of responsibility of the Seminary Council are spelled out in the Plan of Governance. They involve specific responsibility for the MDiv, MAR, and MFT curricula and community life.

The President, the Dean, or the President of the Student Body presides.

Faculty Council

The primary responsibilities of the Faculty Council include the review of students; changes in the MDiv, MAR, and DMin curricula; the hiring, periodic review, and promotion of faculty, including adjunct and visiting faculty; review of sabbatical proposals and reports; and meeting accreditation requirements of recognized accrediting agencies for all academic programs. Tenured faculty members have oversight of the hiring and promotion of faculty members. (Some of the foregoing actions require approval by the Board of Trustees; see By-Laws for details.)

The faculty normally meets at the conclusion of the Seminary Council meetings or upon call of the President. The President presides at faculty meetings; in the absence of the President, the Dean presides.

Administrative and Staff Council

The Administrative and Staff Council is composed of all administrative members of the Seminary. Its purposes are to provide communication within the administration, to identify emerging problems or issues to be addressed, and to offer education about the intersecting areas of the Seminary’s life. It normally meets once a month during the academic year, and the President presides.

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