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Small’s voice blends well with the Foundation’s message of generosity

February 24, 2011

Rev. Dr. Joe Small, Church Relations Liaison for the Presbyterian Foundation

The Rev. Dr. Joseph D. Small


Dr. Joseph D. Small has answered a call to serve as a Church Relations Liaison, in which he will act as a link between the Presbyterian Foundation and those we serve by fostering a greater understanding of the Foundation’s role in funding the missions and ministries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Tom Taylor, President and CEO of the Foundation commented, "Joe Small is truly a statesman of the church. He will be a tremendous asset to the Foundation, assisting in strengthening the relationships between the Foundation and our many constituents throughout the church. Joe knows well how to communicate the link between theology and the best kinds of Christian stewardship."

Dr. Small retired recently from his 22 tenure at the General Assembly Mission Council. Most recently, he served at the Council as Director of Theology, Worship and Education Ministries, where he directed the work of the Office of Theology and Worship, the Office of Theological Education, and Congregational Ministries Publishing. A graduate of Brown University, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Louisville, Theological Seminary. He has served the church in roles ranging from professor to pastor.

Dr. Small is the author of To Be Reformed: Living the Tradition (2010), Let Us Reason Together: Christians and Jews in Conversation (2010), Proclaiming the Great Ends of the Church (2010), Conversations With the Confessions (2005), Preservation of the Truth (2005), Fire and Wind: The Holy Spirit in the Church Today (2002), Committed Conversation (2000), and God and Ourselves: A Brief Exercise in Reformed Theology (1997), and has written numerous journal articles, study series, and theological papers. He is a core member of "Re-Forming Ministry," co-chair of the international Reformed-Pentecostal Dialogue, board member of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology, member of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches, and a frequent participant in international ecumenical consultations sponsored by the World Council of Churches, the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the Centre International Reformé.

A vital part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Foundation cultivates, attracts, and manages financial resources of individuals and institutions to serve Christ’s mission. For over two hundred years, the Presbyterian Foundation has served the Church in this capacity by exploring innovative ways to fund Christ’s mission. The Presbyterian Foundation provides an opportunity for congregations, institutions and individuals to affect positive change in the world with their accumulated assets in accordance with their Christian principles and values.