Disciples of Christ Historical Society installed the Rev. Dr. Richard H. “Rick” Lowery as its eighth president during morning worship at National City Christian Church on Nov. 5, 2017. The installation was part of a weekend All Saints celebration that began Saturday evening with the Kirkpatrick lecture by the Rev. Dr. Delores Carpenter and ended Sunday afternoon with the dedication of the Oscar Haynes Exhibit of Disciples African-American History on permanent loan from the Historical Society to National City, Oscar’s home church. General Minister and President Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens preached and led the service of installation. Lowery and his wife, the Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, have moved to Bethany, WV, the location of the Society’s new state-of-the-art building next to the historic mansion of Alexander Campbell, the immigrant scholar and preacher whose writings and sermons, along with those of Barton W. Stone in Kentucky, helped spark a movement for Christian unity that gave birth to Disciples, the Christian Churches-Churches of Christ, and the a cappella Churches of Christ. All three “streams” of this reformation tradition are represented in the archive and served by it.
Lowery is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Yale Divinity School, and Yale University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible in 1989. He is an ordained Disciples of Christ minister. Lowery taught most of his career at Phillips Theological Seminary. He currently is an affiliate professor at Christian Theological Seminary and an adjunct professor at Lexington Theological Seminary where he served two years as interim dean.