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Rev. Dr. William J. Carl III

Serving as Pittsburgh Theological Seminary's fifth president, the Rev. Dr. William J. Carl III is also a professor of homiletics. Before coming to the Seminary, he served for 22 years as pastor of the 1,700-member First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Carl graduated from the University of Tulsa with a bachelor's in religion and philosophy. He earned his master's of divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he was a Patterson Fellow in New Testament Greek. In 1977, he received his doctorate of philosophy in rhetoric and communication from the University of Pittsburgh where he also worked as an instructor. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1973.

Dr. Carl's previous teaching experience includes associate professor of homiletics and worship and instructor of New Testament Greek at Union Theological Seminary (VA). Thirty years ago, he was an instructor at Pittsburgh Seminary and more recently served as an adjunct professor at Austin Theological Seminary. He has lectured at Oxford, Princeton, Boston University, the Moscow Theological Academy, the Kerala United Theological Seminary in India, the Beijing Theological Seminary in China, and dozens of other divinity schools and conferences both here and abroad. Dr. Carl has published eight books, including his most recent ones The Lord's Prayer for Today (WJK, 2006), Dancing in Holy Places (CSS Publishing, 2008), Preaching Christian Doctrine (Augsburg/Fortress reprinted 2008), and Best Advice: Wisdom on Ministry from Thirty Leading Pastors and Preachers (WJK, 2009). He lectures on the brain at medical schools and medical conferences, and serves as an ethics consultant to major corporations.

Bill says delightedly that, in coming to Chautauqua, he is actually following in his son David's footsteps. David Carl, an actor in New York City, performed twice at Chautauqua as a member of the Chautauqua Theater Conservatory in 2001 and 2004!


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