Religious Life

The Rev. Thomas E. Fisher


Tom FisherThe Rev. Thomas E. Fisher (Tom) is Pastor Emeritus of the First Presbyterian Church of Athens, Ohio. A native of New Jersey and graduate of Hamilton College and Princeton Theological Seminary with earned doctorate from San Francisco Theological Seminary, he has also held pastorates in suburban Philadelphia, PA, Phoenix, AZ, and San Francisco, CA, and served for eleven years as an elected member of the national Presbyterian Committee on the Self Development of People. In June of 2000 he completed two three-year terms as an elected member of the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). During the course of these he was a Director of the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program, Inc., liaison to the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, and member of a task force and advisory committee for the Call/Placement System. He also chaired a "Blue Sky Think Group" challenged to envision the Church of the future. In 1999-2000 he served on the council's Executive Committee.


Tom and his wife of 55 years, the former Clara Joe Minarik, a graduate of Northern Arizona University who studied at Princeton Theological Seminary and was Moderator, 1953-54, of the Presbyterian Westminster Fellowship National Council, live in Amherst, MA, where Tom serves as adjunct Religious Advisor at Amherst and Smith Colleges and as a member of the University of Massachusetts Religious Affairs Committee, as well as occasional preacher at various area congregations. Tom has served two terms as President of the Amherst based Lay Academy for Oecumenical Studies, and is currently a member of the Preparation for Ministry Committee of the Presbytery of Southern New England.

Position: Presbyterian Adjunct Advisor
Office Hours: By appointment
Contact Information: Amherst College, Box 2277, Amherst, MA 01002-5000
                                   (413) 256-5488 Thomas Fisher