ABILENE, Texas – Dr. Philip LeMasters, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Religion, Director of the Honors Program and a Professor of Religion at McMurry University, will be the featured speaker at McMurry’s Fall 2013 Commencement. Fifty-three students are set to receive their degrees at the ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at Radford Auditorium.
Dr. LeMasters joined the University’s faculty in 1995 after teaching briefly at both Wake Forest University and Northeast Missouri State University. The recipient of the Gordon R. and Lola J. Bennett Award for Outstanding Teaching, Leadership, and Service in 2001, he has also held the Turner Distinguished Chair in Religion.
An active scholar in the field of Christian Ethics, Dr. LeMasters published his sixth book, The Forgotten Faith: Ancient Insights for Contemporary Believers from Eastern Christianity, earlier this year. He has been an invited participant in international theological conferences co-sponsored by the World Council of Churches in Syria, Greece, and Romania, and serves as the Corporate Secretary of the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, NY.
A native of Beaumont, TX, Dr. LeMasters received the B.A. from Baylor University, the M.A. in Religious Studies from Rice University, and the Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University.
Ordained to the priesthood of the Eastern Orthodox Church in 2006, he serves as the pastor of St. Luke Orthodox Church in Abilene. He is married to Paige LeMasters, M.D., a general pediatrician and partner at Abilene Children’s Medical Association. Their daughters are Kate, a junior at Washington and Lee University, and Annie, a sophomore at Abilene High School.