Marlon and Sheila Foster Professor of Pastoral Theology and Homiletics, Director of the Methodist House of Studies

B.A., Emory University
M.Div., Candler School of Theology at Emory University
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

A native of Georgia, Dr. Lee Ramsey is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and member of the Memphis Annual Conference.  Dr. Ramsey joined the MTS faculty in 1998 to teach in the areas of pastoral care and preaching. His scholarly interests include Wesleyan practices of pastoral care, the relationship between pastoral care and preaching, pastoral care in times of grief and loss, and the use of fiction and film to explore the practices of Christian ministry. Dr. Ramsey is the author of Care-full Preaching: From Sermon to Caring Community; Preachers and Misfits, Prophets, and Thieves: The Minister in Southern Fiction; and of various scholarly and professional articles.

In addition to his teaching and writing, Dr. Ramsey serves as the Director of the Methodist House of Studies at MTS. This program provides a distinctively Wesleyan ethos for Methodist students within the rich ecumenical environment of the Seminary and bridges the work of the Seminary to the wider Methodist connections (AME, CME, UMC). He is also the pastor of Elm Grove United Methodist Church in Burlison, TN.

Before coming to Memphis Theological Seminary, Dr. Ramsey pastored United Methodist congregations in Atlanta, Georgia and Clarksville, Tennessee. He is married to Mary Leslie Dawson-Ramsey, an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church, and has two grown children, Shelley and Luke.  In his spare time, Lee enjoys fly-fishing, gardening, fiction and poetry, and cannot walk enough with a dog named Annie.

Learn more about Dr. Ramsey’s teaching, research, and ministry

Fall 2016 Courses and Book Lists
PC 20,000  Introduction to Pastoral Care: Theology, History, Traditions

Asquith, Glenn H., Jr., ed., The Concise Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling (CDPCC)

Killen, James L., Pastoral Care in the Small Membership Church

Kujawa-Holbrook, Sheryl & Karen Montagno, eds., Injustice and the Care of Souls

Patton, John, Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide

Moessner, Jeanne Stevenson editor, Through the Eyes of Women

Wimberly, Edward P., African American Pastoral Care, Revised Edition (2008)

McElrath, Damien, The Essence of Twelve Step Recovery: Take It to Heart

PC 01665  Pastoral Care Themes in Contemporary Fiction and Film

Curtis, C. Michael, editor,  God: Stories (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1998).

Marilynne Robinson, Gilead (New York: Picador, 2006)

Willimon, William H., Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry,

Revised Edition (Nashville: Abingdon, 2016)

Ramsey, G. Lee, Jr., Preachers and Misfits: Prophets and Thieves: The Minister in Southern Fiction (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008).