James H. Thames
Academic Dean, Professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership
Dr. Thames has served in a variety of academic administrative roles since joining the seminary staff in 1984. He joined the faculty in 1989 when he became registrar. While in the registrar’s office, he was involved in establishing a professional association for registrars and admissions officers for theological schools. He returned to the academic dean’s office in 1997, where he continues to serve now as Academic Dean. His areas of special interest include teaching process, one of his favorite courses to teach, and administration and accreditation in Christian higher education. His years of experience in academic administration at DTS have given him a unique perspective and backdrop for his classes. In addition to his ministry at the seminary, Dr. Thames, an ordained minister, has been involved in overseas ministry and is active in his local church, including several years of service as a teacher and as a member of the board of elders. Both he and his wife, Laurie, grew up in Colorado and have a love for the outdoors. In fact, most of their vehicles are easily identified by the Colorado Native bumper stickers they sport. Dr. Thames and his wife, Laurie, have two married daughters and two delightful granddaughters.