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Melvin A. Kimble

Melvin A. Kimble

Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care & Director, CARS


Melvin Kimble joined the staff of Luther Seminary as associate professor in 1965 and was promoted to professor two years later.  He also was director of internship from 1965 to 1974.

He was guest professor in the summer graduate program at Luther Seminary in 1968 and 1974, and post-doctoral fellow and visiting professor in the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California in 1981-82 and 1991-92.

Ordained in 1950, Kimble spent the early years of his ministry in Ohio as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Steubenville (1950-55), and Calvary Lutheran Church, Chillicothe (1955-58).  He was then head chaplain of Mississippi State Hospital, Whitfield (1959-60), before moving to Germany, where he was pastor of the American Protestant Church in Bonn (1961-65).

He received the American College of Health Care Administrators Research Award in 1986, and the Educational Foundation of America Award in 1982. 

Kimble is a member of the American Society on Aging and is the seminary representative in the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.  He is also a member of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, the Gerontology Society of America, the Society for Pastoral Theology, and the Viktor E. Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.

After receiving the B.A. degree from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, in 1947, Kimble earned the M.Div. degree from Hamma School of Theology (now Trinity) in 1950.  He received the Th.M. degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, in 1960.  He was awarded a Lutheran World Federation scholarship to study with Frankl at the University of Vienna in 1960-61, and continued his studies with Frankl at the United States International University, San Diego, in 1970-71, where he received the Ph.D. degree in 1974.

Publications include: "Education for Ministry with the Aging," a chapter in Ministry with the Aging: Designs, Challenges, Foundations, edited by Clements (1981); "Aging and Ministry," in Primary Pastoral Care (1990); and "Age and the Search for Meaning," in Spiritual Maturity in the Later Years (1990).  Kimble is senior editor of Handbook on Aging, Spirituality and Religion (1995).

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