Academic Dean, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care, and Franklin and Louise Cole Chair in Town and Country Ministries
PhD, Iliff School of Theology and University of Denver
MDiv, Candler School of Theology
BS, University of Florida
“Ministry as a theological educator is, for me, a continuance of local church ministry. When a roomful of students sits before me in class I see not just an individual pastor but the many congregations they are likely to serve in their years ahead.
In educating church leaders seminaries have a vital role in the church and society . . .”
United Methodist Church (UMC), Elder
Discipline or Specialty
Pastoral Theology, with interests in feminist theory, intimate partner violence, and parish based pastoral care. Lead faculty for Global Health and Wellness track in the Doctor of Ministry degree.
Representative Courses Taught
Advanced Praxis Seminar: Ministry in Rural Congregations
Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Care
Topics in Pastoral Care: Crisis Intervention
Practicing Care in Rural Communities and Congregations, with Shannon Jung and Joretta Marshall (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2013).
“Gender, Sexism, and Heterosexism,” in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology, Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, ed. (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
“Pastoral Implications,” Lectionary Homiletics (Nov. 2009).
Agency, Culture and Personhood: Pastoral Theology from the Context of Intimate Partner Violence (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2009).
“The Protected Generation: Fear, Violence and Perfect Love,” in Loving God, Loving Neighbor: Ministry with Searching Youth, Sondra Matthaei, ed. (Philadelphia: XLibris Press, 2008).
“Pastoral Implications: Matthew 25:1-13, Matthew 25:14-30, Mark13:24-37,” Lectionary Homiletics (Nov. 2008).