Teri McDowell Ott

Editor/publisher of The Presbyterian Outlook

The Rev. Dr. Teri McDowell Ott has been an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister for over twenty years. After receiving her Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary she served the church in a variety of pastoral positions. In 2008 she completed her Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary. She began serving Monmouth College as Chaplain in January of 2011 and was promoted to Dean of the Chapel in 2019. On June 1st, 2021 Teri accepted a new call as Editor / Publisher of The Presbyterian Outlook, the only independent publisher of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Teri is married to the Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Ott who serves as the dean of Eastern Mennonite University’s School of Theology, Humanities and Performing Arts. Dan and Teri live in Harrisonburg, Virginia with their two teenagers, Isaac and Ella, and a mischievous mutt named Max.

Teri’s first book, Necessary Risks: Challenges Privileged People Need to Face, is inspired by her work with college students and her experience volunteer teaching in a men’s prison. It was published by Fortress Press in March, 2022.

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