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Esteemed Professor Retires

On April 9, 2011, Dr. Stan Reid, president of Austin Graduate School of Theology, announced the forthcoming retirement of Dr. Michael R. Weed. Dr. Weed currently holds the Billie Gunn Hocott Chair at AGST. He will retire from full-time teaching in August.

A native of Austin, Dr. Weed attended the University of Texas for one year before transferring to Abilene Christian University where he received a B.A. in 1963 and a M.A. in 1966. After completing his studies at ACU, Dr. Weed served one year as campus minister at the University of Arizona in Tucson before returning to Austin where he was employed as a copy editor at Sweet Publishing. In Austin he completed the Bachelor of Divinity degree at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. While there, Dr. Stuart Currie encouraged him to apply for the doctoral program at Emory University.

In 1978, Dr. Weed received his PhD from the Graduate School of Religion at Emory. His area of specialization is Christian Ethics. Since 1978 he has taught Theology and Church History at AGST, helping students more fully understand and pass on the tenets of the Christian faith.

Drs. Anthony Ash, Rick Marrs, James Thompson, Wendell Willis, Gary Holloway, Allan McNicol, Jeff Peterson and Mark Shipp are among Dr. Weed’s former and current teaching colleagues.

Jeff Peterson, Faculty Chair at AGST notes, "Michael Weed's contribution to Austin Grad would be difficult to overestimate. I especially appreciate his consistent reminder that our scholarship should be in service to the church, his readiness to explore the implications of theological questions, and his unparalleled gifts as a storyteller and raconteur. The faculty looks forward to continued interaction with Michael as he becomes Austin Grad's first Emeritus Professor." 

Dr. Weed’s classroom teaching is complemented by his writing for the church. He is the author of The Letters of Paul to the Ephesians, the Colossians, and Philemon in the Living Word Series and editor of The Minister and His Work. With Wendell Willis he authored Churches of the New Testament and Basic Christian Beliefs Parts I and II and he joined C. Leonard Allen and Richard T. Hughes in writing The Worldly Church: A Call for Biblical Renewal.  Allan McNicol, New Testament Professor, recalls that Dr. Weed was very instrumental in the start of the AGST Journal Christian Studies: Scholarship for the Church. “As editor, Michael would select a topic, assign research, and regularly call the faculty together for discussions. From those discussions would come a theme for the next publication—a theme that served the church and promoted unity.

Dr. Weed is married to Mary Elizabeth (Libby) Summerlin. They have two grown children and five grandchildren. In retirement, Dr. Weed plans to spend more time with his grandchildren, teach an occasional class, and return to writing on the topic of Theological Ethics.

According to President Reid, “Michael Weed is a gifted professor who models the dictum ‘Faith seeking understanding.’ Although he is well-informed and able to debate the finer points of academic theology, Dr. Weed has given his life to helping a generation of students understand the importance of knowing the history and practice of Christian doctrine within the context of the church. His contributions to the mission of Austin Grad have been significant and will be long-lasting.”

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