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Presbyterian Outlook names new editor/publisher

The Rev. Dr. Teri McDowell Ott, who’s currently a college chaplain, will succeed the Rev. Dr. Jill Duffield

by Mike Ferguson | Presbyterian News Service

the Rev. Dr. Teri McDowell Ott

LOUISVILLE — The Rev. Dr. Teri McDowell Ott, Dean of the Chapel at Monmouth College, a Presbyterian-related institution in western Illinois, has been named editor and publisher of the Presbyterian Outlook.

According to an announcement posted Tuesday on the Outlook website, Ott plans to begin her new duties on June 1 and will continue living in the boundaries of the Presbytery of Great Rivers.

“I am eager to get to know you, hear your stories and follow Christ with you into whatever comes next,” Ott wrote in the announcement. “Even in a pandemic, when everything feels so hard, God’s abundance cannot be denied. The church is full of stories and storytellers, artists and activists, entrepreneurs and inventors, cooks and carpenters, scholars and theologians and kids who can do anything with a cell phone. Our potential excites me.”

“I know what the church has done for me,” Ott wrote. “God knows what we can do for others. Christ will show us the way. I can’t wait to get started.”

Sharon P. Blount, president of the Presbyterian Outlook Foundation Board, Inc., wrote that in addition to Ott’s skill as a writer — her book, “Necessary Risks: Challenges Privileged People Need to Face,” is set for publication next year — Ott is “an accomplished pastor and administrator” who has “a rare ability to be in relationship and conversation with people across a broad range of demographics.”

Ott succeeds the Rev. Dr. Jill Duffield, who left her work last November as editor and publisher of the Outlook after five years to become senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.


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