Finding Yourself

According to one study, 70% of clergy experience a drop in self-esteem after they begin their ministry. Pam Driesell shows how this process of self-loss is mirrored in the parable of the prodigal son, whose self-discovery while off in the far country is a model for pastors who have lost themselves.

Preacher: Pam Driesell

Text: Luke 15:1-3, 11-24

Sermon from The Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching
Princeton Theological Seminary, 2014


Pam Driesell became the fourth Senior Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, in October 2010. Prior to accepting the call to Trinity Church, Driesell led the organization of a new church in Oconee County, Georgia, a fast growing county adjacent to Athens-Clarke County with a mix of long-time rural residents and many newer members of the University of Georgia faculty and administration community. She led the congregation to a successful chartering with 115 members after two years in the field.

Driesell has served on numerous councils and commissions and currently serves as the moderator of the Tri-Presbytery New Church Development Commission and as an advisory council member of the Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry.

Driesell earned her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she was awarded the James T. Galloway Prize in Expository Preaching. She holds an M.L.S. from Hollins University and a B.S. with academic honors from James Madison University.

Driesell has two sons, Ty and Walker.