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Thomas W. Currie

Dean of Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte Campus, and Professor of Theology

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Phone: 980.636.1663

Location: Charlotte

Department: Theology and Ethics

Education:

The University of Edinburgh, Ph.D.

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, M.Div.

Haverford College, B.A.

An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Currie served as pastor of congregations in Brenham, Texas, and Kerrville, Texas, before helping to establish the seminary’s Charlotte campus in 2001, where he currently serves as dean.  He teaches Theology and Ethics, and has a particular interest in the theology of Karl Barth and in the short stories of Flannery O’Connor and in the poetry of George Herbert and W.H. Auden.  He is the author of several articles and four books, the most recent (2008) being The Joy of Ministry.  

Courses Taught

Theology I and II, Introduction to Christian Ethics, Theology and the Church’s Work of Prayer, Theology and Preaching, Theology as Doxology, Readings in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Theology, The Christian Life, Readings in the Theology of Karl Barth.

Lectures & Presentations

Publications

“Between Text and Sermon: Genesis 50:15-21," Interpretation, Vol. 57, No.4, October, 2003; pp.414-416.

“Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts,” Journal for Preachers, Vol.29, No.2, Lent, 2006; pp.22-28.

“Asking a Blessing for My Father,” in The Presbyterian Outlook, Vol.188, No.2, Jan. 16, 2006; pp.14-16.

“Between Text and Sermon: I Thessalonians 5:12-24" in Interpretation, Vol. 60, No.4, October 2006; pp.446-449.

“Children of Divorce”, The Presbyterian Outlook, Vol.190, No.9, March 17, 2008, pp.10-11.

“Muddled in the Middle,” in The Presbyterian Outlook, Vol.193, No.9, June 27, 2011, pp.22-23.

“The Theological Significance of Administration in the Pastoral Ministry” and “The Splendid Embarrassment: Theology’s Home and the Practice of Ministry,” in The Power to Comprehend With All the Saints: The Formation and Practice of a Pastor-Theologian, ed. by Wallace M. Alston Jr. and Cynthia Jarvis; Eerdmans, 2009.

“Theological Perspective,” in Feasting on the Word, Year C, Vol.1, “Transfiguration Sunday,” pp.434-436.
“Theological Perspective,” in Feasting on the Word, Year C, Vol.2, “Ash Wednesday” and “Lent 1”, pp.2-6; and pp.26-30.

Books

Ambushed by Grace: The Virtues of a Useless Faith, Pickwick Publications, Allison Park, PA, 1993.

Prayers for the Road: Meditations and Prayers for College Students, Geneva Press, Louisville, KY, 2000.

Searching for Truth: Confessing Christ in an Uncertain World, Geneva Press, Louisville, KY, 2001.

The Joy of Ministry, Westminster/John Knox Press, Louisville, KY, 2008.