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Pittsburgh Seminary chooses prominent scholar as new professor of urban ministry

Written by Ann Rodgers on .

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary has chosen a professor with impressive credentials to replace the Rev. Ronald Peters as its professor of urban ministry. Dr. Peters left more than two years ago to become director of Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, a consortium of schools that specialize in training clergy for predominantly black churches. Dr. Peters headed a similar track at PTS through the Metro-Urban Institute, which became a signature program and drew students to the Presbyterian seminary.
His successor will be the Rev. R. Drew Smith, who was ordained for the National Baptist Convention USA but most recently served as director of an urban ministry program for a United Methodist seminary near Chicago. Since 2009 he has been director of the Center for Church and Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., while continuing a longer-standing commitment as scholar-in-residence at the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
He has directed several important studies on the influence of African-American churches on public life and the impact of faith communities on urban family life. A graduate of Indiana University, he earned his master’s of divinity from Yale Divinity School and a doctorate in political science from Yale University. He has traveled, studied and taught widely in Africa and Latin America.
“In Drew Smith we believe we have found an outstaning internationally known candidate who, building on the strong foundation laid by Ron Peters, will move our work in urban ministry both locally and globally to new levels of excellence,” said the Rev. William J. Carl III, president of PTS.

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