The Reverend Albert M. Pennybacker, Jr., has served as an ordained Christian minister since 1954. Currently he is active as a consultant to religious and community bodies in ecumenical and interfaith relations as well as on public policy issues. He continues to teach, preach and lecture on an invitational schedule.
In 1999, he retired from his position as an Associate General Secretary of the National council of Churches. During his eight years there, he filled several executive positions focused on income and permanent fund development as well as public policy. He developed major resources for the Burned Black Churches restoration ministries, community service initiatives and overseas ministries. As a senior staff officer, he was a member of several representative delegations to the Middle East, China, Cuba, the Vatican, and elsewhere. For five years he was also the senior public policy officer, directing the NCC's Washington Office and its relationships with the executive legislative branches of the United States government.During the 1990s, the Reverend Dr. Pennybacker also taught at the Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky, where he continues to make his home. As a member of the seminary faculty, his fields of teaching, at first full time and then part time, were homiletics, ecumenical studies and religion and public policy. Additionally he served for one semester as a Visiting Professor of Preaching at the Divinity School of Yale University.
For over thirty-five years, he served as a local pastor. The congregations he has served include the Taftville Congregational Church in Norwich, Connecticut, Central Christian Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio. His concluding pastoral service for over 16 years was as Senior Minister of the University Christian Church, Fort Worth, Texas. In the summer of 2000, he returned to Texas as the summer pastor for the Creekwood Christian Church of Flower Mound in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
Educationally, he is a graduate of The McCallie School of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University and the Divinity School of Yale University. He has pursued additional graduate study in English literature at Texas Christian University, and participated in a number of continuing education seminars. He is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, he has been married since 1951 to Martha Hackney Pennybacker, also of Chattanooga. They are the parents of three adult children and have two young granddaughters.