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Columbia Theological Seminary Names Kathy Dawson Assistant Professor of Christian Education


Decatur, GA. – Kathy L. Dawson has been named assistant professor of Christian education at Columbia Theological Seminary. Currently she is assistant professor of Christian education for children and youth at Union Theological Seminary-Presbyterian School of Christian Education (Union-PSCE), in Richmond, Virginia. Dawson holds the B.A. in liberal studies and music from California State University, Long Beach. She earned the M.A. in Christian Education in 1992 from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education and is a certified Christian educator. In 1994 she received the M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary, and in 2002 was awarded the Ph.D. in practical theology with an emphasis on Christian education from Princeton Theological Seminary. An elementary school teacher before earning graduate degrees, Dawson has a special interest in children’s ministry. She is especially concerned with issues of learning difference and the partnership between the seminary and local congregations in Christian education. Her publications include articles on Christian education as well as books for children on grief and loss. A frequent consultant and workshop leader for churches, she has served in the education ministry for congregations in Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Louis Weeks, president of Union-PSCE, says “Kathy Dawson has made significant contributions to the field of Christian education, and we know that her work will continue to benefit the Presbyterian church.” Agreeing with Weeks, Columbia President Laura Mendenhall said, “I look forward to the ways Kathy will strengthen the ability of this seminary to prepare pastors, educators, and leaders for ministry. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was founded in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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