Life's vocation

Thursday March 17 2011

 

Dr. D.L. Pete Warren, LC professor emeritus of counseling, will deliver the Jennie Cutler Shumate Lecture on Christian Ministry at 7:30 p.m. March 28 in Snidow Chapel.

In "Life's Vocation - For Life," Dr. Warren, who has served in Christian ministry for more than 50 years, will share his understanding of the meaning of vocation as a view of life which undergirds the call to live in the secular and spiritual worlds. Particular attention will be given to the role retirement plays in responding to our call. For many people, a third of their lives will be lived in retirement.

Dr. Warren will also deliver the 21st Annual John Mills Turner Jr. Lecture on Life and Faith Sunday, March 27, at 3 p.m. at First Christian Church, 3109 Rivermont Ave. In "Lunches with John," Dr. Warren will speak about Turner, a 1929 LC graduate, English professor, dean of the College, vice president for academic affairs, and one of the most beloved and respected members of the Lynchburg College community for forty-one years (1933-74).

Learn more in Darrell Laurant's column in The News & Advance.

From 1969 through 1994 Dr. Warren also took on a diverse set of roles at Lynchburg College as: professor of counseling and human development, dean of the school of education, dean of students, interim director of church relations, and director of counselor education. He also served as the executive director of the Virginia Counselors Association.

In August of 2008 Dr. Warren was asked to serve as interim chaplain at Lynchburg College until June 30, 2009, when the Rev. Stephanie McLemore was named chaplain.

In 1996, Dr. Warren was elected to Lynchburg City Council, and served as mayor from 1998 to 2000. His numerous local volunteer activities have included board service for Kids' Haven, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Mental Health Association, Free Clinic, Interfaith Outreach, New Land Jobs, Christmas in April, Lynchburg Grows, Voices, and America's Promise. In 2006, Dr. Warren served as chair of the United Way of Central Virginia's Annual Campaign.

Dr. Warren and his wife Patsy are longtime members of First Christian Church.

Among Dr. Warren's numerous awards are: Humanitarian and Caring Person Award from the American Counseling Association, Peace Education Award from the Lynchburg Peace Education Center, National Conference of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award, the Liberty Bell Award from the Lynchburg Bar Association, the Career Service Award from the Virginia Counselors Association, and the George Stewart Award from the Lynchburg Area Chamber of Commerce.