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Seminary Calls New Director for Spirituality Program


Decatur, GA - Columbia Theological Seminary has called Thomas G. Lewis to direct its Spirituality program. His appointment at Columbia was effective October 2, 2006. Lewis’s responsibilities include leadership for the Certificate in Spiritual Formation program, which Columbia’s Center for Lifelong Learning offers in partnership with Austin and Pittsburgh Presbyterian seminaries. Since 1996, Lewis had been pastor of the Commerce (GA) Presbyterian Church. He has also served as pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Cartersville, GA, and associate pastor for adult ministries at First Presbyterian Church, Edmond, OK. Before entering ministry, he was employed for 17 years in managerial positions with Merck & Company. Lewis is a graduate of Emory University and has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2000, he received the Doctor of Ministry degree, with an emphasis in Christian spiritual formation, from Columbia Theological Seminary. His book Finding God: Praying the Psalms in Times of Depression (Westminster John Knox, 2002) was developed from his doctoral project. He is also the author of The Way of the Cross (published originally by CTS Press). Active in his local community, Lewis has served on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Jackson County (GA), was a charter member of Jackson County Habitat for Humanity, and a member of the Kiwanis Club. He also served on the founding council of the Georgia Presbyterian Cursillo program. He and his wife, Sebring Griffin, have three grown children and six grandchildren. Announcing Lewis’s appointment, Dent Davis, Columbia’s dean and vice president of Lifelong Learning, said, “Tom brings to this work years of experience in pastoral ministry and leadership in the church, presbytery, community, and corporate setting. He has a long history of support and involvement in Columbia’s certificate program as well as a passion for spiritual formation in his own life and ministry.” Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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