HIGH POINT, N.C., March 28, 2017 – Rev. Dr. J. Alexander (Al) Ward will join High Point University as Clergy in Residence after he retires as senior pastor of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in July.
Ward will work with religion faculty and pastors in the local church community to develop special projects such as preaching seminars and internship programs for students. He will also teach courses at HPU and provide mentorship to students pursuing divinity school or graduate studies in religion.
HPU will host in 2018 the accreditation visit of the University Senate of the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Ward will assist with this visit.
“We are honored to have Dr. Ward’s experience as a pastor and theologian on our faculty,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president. “His work will help us generate additional experiential learning opportunities in the community for our religion majors while also maintaining a strong network of support on campus for our local ministers.”
Ward is also a Board of Trustee member at HPU and is active in community service throughout the Piedmont Triad. He serves as chairman for the Board of Directors at Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville and previously served on the Board of Trustees at The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem.
A native of Durham, he graduated from High Point University in 1974. He went on to receive his Master of Divinity at Duke Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary.
He and his wife, Miriam, who is a 1973 HPU graduate, have two daughters, Erin Ward and Meredith Vaughn.