Marlon and Sheila Foster Professor of Pastoral Theology and Homiletics
Lee Ramsey

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


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Curriculum Vitae

A native of Georgia, Dr. Lee Ramsey
 is an ordained United Methodist minister and member of the North Georgia Annual Conference.  He joined the faculty of Memphis Theological Seminary in 1998 to teach pastoral care and preaching.  Dr. Ramsey’s scholarly interests include 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; numerous articles and reviews in academic and professional journals; and a contributor to Lectionary Homiletics, Homily Service, and


  • Introduction to Pastoral Care: History, Traditions, and Practices
  • Pastoral Care and Preaching
  • Pastoral Care in Times of Grief and Loss
  • Preaching from the Pews
  • Preaching: The Inductive Approach
  • Ritual and Pastoral Care
  • Preaching Practicum
  • Pastoral Care Themes in Contemporary Literature and Film