practical theology

Dr. Michael B. Thompson

Dr. Michael B. Thompson is a professor of Practical Theology at the Ashland University Theological Seminary.

Dr. Thompson has a passionate and honest heart for the work that the Holy Spirit is doing in and through the faculty, staff and students at Ashland Theological Seminary. His work as a professor illustrates the very thing that makes ATS such a dynamic place to learn and grow: Like many faculty members, he is a pastor first and a professor second. Whether he's interacting with students or shepherding the folks in his growing church congregration, Dr. Thompson realizes that people often need to receive care and love more than they need to be lectured and graded. He conducts his classes with humility and a servant's heart, as he teaches students to do the same in their own ministry context.

Dr. Thompson has been a part of ATS off and on since the mid-eighties when he came to complete a second Master's degree. Twenty-some years later, when given an opportunity to serve on faculty, he leapt at the chance to be a part of this community.

Dr. Thompson is married to Josetta and is father to two adult children. He is a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan and his family's designated pizza-maker.

Dr. Matthew A. Lewis

Dr. Matthew A. Lewis is an assistant professor of practical theology, as well as the director of excellence in leadership at the Ashland University Theological Seminary.

God profoundly met Dr. Lewis through his participation in Ashland's Pastors of Excellence program, which is what led him to help with the program and eventually direct it. He views his position as a chance to bring vitality to spiritual leaders, through mentoring and encouragement, and he loves hearing firsthand the life-changing stories of pastors who are positively affected through the program.

Dr. Lewis' upbeat attitude is contagious, and he brings a gentle, positive atmosphere to any classroom, retreat or seminar. He particularly loves the chance to lead in a missions context.

Dr. Lewis enjoys spending time with his wife, Lori, and their three wonderful children. If he has a day to get away, Dr. Lewis loves the wilderness and feels completely content and whole when he gets a chance to rock climb with a friend. He also enjoys traveling to national parks, primarily in the United States but all over the world as well.

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