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Rev. Dr. Ann Clay Adams

Associate Dean, Academic Administration

Phone:

404-687-4524

Office:

CH114 / Box 11F

Dr. Victor Aloyo

President

Phone:

404-687-4514

Office:

CH110 / Box 13F

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The Rev. Dr. Victor Aloyo, born in Brooklyn, N.Y., is the son of the late Esperanza Aloyo and Victorino Aloyo from Vieques, Puerto Rico. He has been married to Suzette Aloyo for over thirty-six years and is blessed with two daughters, Kayla Cristen, an aerospace engineer working in Huntsville, AL, and Alyssa Nicole, serving as a DEI administrator in Nashville, TN.  Victor currently serves as the eleventh President of Columbia Theological Seminary. Previously he served as the Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement at Princeton Theological Seminary and as Organizing/Lead Pastor of Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras in North Plainfield, NJ. Victor received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Sociology from the College of New Rochelle, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate in Executive Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, focusing his dissertation on navigating diversity and inclusion within a framework of social justice.

As the Chief Diversity Administrator at Princeton, Dr. Aloyo was directly responsible to the seminary president on diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Victor served as the institution’s Primary Designated School Officer with the United States Customs and Immigration Service, the Title IX and Title VI Coordinator, and the Director of the Office of Multicultural Relations. Victor led the institution in developing a Diversity Action Blueprint detailing specific goals, objectives, and assessment criteria for all DEI and Belonging Initiatives. Victor served as Interim Director of Alumni Relations within the Advancement department, a member of the Committee on Accreditation for three cycles, Task Force on the Historical Audit on Slavery, and Long-Range Strategic Cohort. Victor also directed the Seminary’s Urban Ministry and community engagement efforts by cultivating sustainable partnerships with community organizations, educational institutions, worship centers, and community residents in the City of Trenton and Greater Mercer County.

Dr. Aloyo’s leadership responsibilities included service as Director of Urban Ministry at the New York City Mission Society, Senior and Organizing Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of The Redeemer of East Brooklyn for ten years, moderator of the Presbytery of New York City, and chair of the General Council of the New York City Presbytery. Victor also served as a member of the board of trustees of the New York Theological Seminary, the Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center in Holmes, N.Y., and the New York City Presbytery, while spearheading the organization of La Promesa Presbyterian Church in Flushing, Queens (currently Iglesia Cristiana La Promesa). Dr. Aloyo, with a cohort of elders, deacons, and young adults from churches in New York, New Jersey, Long Island, and Pennsylvania, for over thirty years, directed a youth & young adults ministry predominantly from inner-city contexts at the Presbyterian Center in Holmes, N.Y. Victor is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Presbyterian Foundation, the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, and the Covenant Architects Network. For eighteen years in Plainfield, NJ, Victor served as a field education supervisor/mentor for over sixty-three seminarians creating a unique teaching church ministry model.

Dr. Aloyo mentions that he “is blessed and humbled” in leading, with the support of the Board of Trustees, Faculty, Students, and Administrative Staff, a world-class institution serving the Southeast, the nation, and the globe. At Columbia Seminary, Dr. Aloyo posits that in collaboration, “we will continue to bring to life the Seminary’s critical mission of inspiring and challenging every student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God. We will strive to embrace every story through our curriculum, policies, campus life, and virtual platforms because we belong to each other on this journey to become world changers, discoverers, explorers, curators, and stewards of God’s abundance and grace.”

Maggie Andrews

Constituency Engagement Coordinator

Phone:

404-687-4623

Office:

CH112 / Box 12F

Anna Appleman

Cataloging Librarian

Phone:

404-687-4614

Office:

JBCL211

Rev. Julie H. Bailey

Director, Alumni and Church Relations

Phone:

404-687-4593

Office:

RC110

Lucy Baum

Executive to the President; Director of Strategic Engagement

Phone:

404-687-4515

Office:

CH108 / Box 13F

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Hope Bellinger

Staff Associate, Center for Lifelong Learning

Phone:

404-687-4577

Office:

HC209

Cindy Bettis

Chief Engineer

Phone:

404-687-4607

Office:

BLC110 / Box 47F

Helen Blier

Director, Lifelong Learning

Phone:

404-687-4526

Office:

HC202 / Box 42F

Carmen Bolton

Staff Accountant

Phone:

404-687-4567

Office:

CH106 / Box 46F

Fayth Bond

Administrative Assistant, Student Formation and Campus Culture

Phone:

404-687-4562

Office:

CH214 / Box18F

Courtney Bowden

Academic Coach

Phone:

404-687-4632

Office:

JBCL228

Dr. Brennan W. Breed

Associate Professor of Old Testament and Director of the QEP

Phone:

404-687-4553

Office:

RC306 / Box 40F

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Brennan Breed teaches Old Testament at Columbia, and directs the Quality Enhancement Plan at Columbia, which is focused for the next five years on increasing students’ capacities in intercultural communication. He also serves as the Theologian-in-Residence at First Presbyterian Church of Marietta. Brennan teaches and preaches at various churches most Sundays of the year, and loves being involved in local congregations.

At Columbia, Brennan teaches courses in ancient Hebrew, Old Testament survey, the exegesis of prophetic books and wisdom literature, the history of ancient Israel, the use of the Bible in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim visual art, and the use and interpretation of biblical texts in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities throughout history.

Brennan has written the monograph Nomadic Text: A Theory of Biblical Reception History (Indiana University Press, 2014) and co-authored Carol Newsom’s Daniel: A Commentary for the Old Testament Library series (Westminster John Knox: 2014). Both of these volumes trace the ways that various communities throughout history have understood particular biblical texts, generated unique interpretations, and produced art, liturgy, music and more in response to them.

Currently, Brennan is co-authoring a history of the early Hellenistic period (third century BCE) in the southern Levant, which includes Judaea, with Davis Hankins. This book explores the radical changes that occurred during this first century of Greek rule in the ancient Near East and how they precipitated the emergence of the earliest known apocalyptic literature, the first Jewish explorations of science, and the first book of Jewish philosophy. Brennan is also writing a commentary on Daniel for the Interpretation series from Westminster John Knox and a commentary on Ecclesiastes for the Eerdmans Illuminations series. Brennan has authored more than twenty book chapters, journal articles, and other academic publications that focus on the uses of biblical texts over time. He received the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise at the University of Heidelberg in 2016.

Education:

  • PhD, Emory University
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, University of Virginia

Denomination:  Episcopal

Subjects of expertise: Old Testament, Biblical Studies, books of Job, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, Apocalyptic literature, prophetic literature, the use of the Bible in politics, religious history, art, music, literature

Dr. William P. Brown

William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament

Phone:

404-687-4584

Office:

RC309 / Box 54F

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William P. Brown (but you can call me, Bill) is the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.  My writings explore the intersecting issues of ecology, justice, faith, and science from various biblical perspectives.  Throughout my many years of teaching (over thirty now), I’ve written a few books along the way, including Wisdom’s Wonder, The Seven Pillars of Creation, Seeing the Psalms, Sacred Sense, Handbook to Old Testament Exegesis, and most recently Deep Calls to Deep: The Psalms in Dialogue amid Disruption.  Much of my work is driven by the desire to promote constructive dialogue among diverse participants to foster mutual understanding and equity.  I am also known as an “evangelist of wonder” in my teaching and writing.  I love to teach biblical interpretation as an exercise in wonder, the kind of wonder that is ever open to being surprised by the text, by God, by creation, and by each other.  And wonder, it must be said, often leads to wondering, which doesn’t shy away from asking hard questions about the text, God, and each other.  Such an approach invites interdisciplinary approaches, some far afield of traditional biblical research.  I spent a year, for example, studying the social and theological implications of astrobiology at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, which blew my mind and instilled in me a cosmic perspective whenever I talk about God and life, human and otherwise.

I am currently working on a Psalms commentary for the Old Testament Library series and on a collaborative project on biblical aesthetics with Dr. Ralph Watkins.  I am ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and love preaching and teaching.  Gail and I are the proud parents of two amazing daughters, Ella and Hannah: one is a landscape architect and organic farmer, while the other is a primatologist studying the mountain gorillas of Rwanda.  Talk about wonder!

Education:

  • PhD, Emory University
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, Whitman College

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Dr. Walter Brueggemann

Professor Emeritus

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1986-2003 William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament

Sarah Kate Bumgarner

Connector

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Dr. Kelly D. Campbell

Associate Dean, Information Services; Senior Director, John Bulow Campbell Library

Phone:

404-687-4547

Office:

JBCL210 / Box 7F

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Dr. Kelly Campbell is passionate about equipping people for learning and life, strategizing to develop best practices, and providing high-quality service. Kelly serves as the Associate Dean of Information Services/Senior Director of the John Bulow Campbell Library at Columbia Theological Seminary. She brings a unique breadth of experience to this role, having served in various educational and library settings, including elementary, public, and private schools and large and small public libraries. She has demonstrated success in strategic planning, organizational development, and change management. Before obtaining her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, Kelly also holds a Master in Library Science and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies.

An experienced and seasoned library leader, Dr. Campbell is involved globally with theological librarians, serves on the Editorial Board of the Books@Atla Open Press, and is a community member of the American Board for Funeral Service Education Committee on Accreditation. Additionally, she is active in the Association of Theological Schools initiatives, working on global awareness and intercultural sensitivity. Her denomination is Southern Baptist, and Kelly enjoys quilting, cooking, and reading when not traveling and teaching.

Education:

  • EdD, Pepperdine University
  • MATS, Golden Gate Seminary
  • MLS, Texas Women’s University
  • BS, Wichita State University

Denomination:  Southern Baptist

Dr. Jenn Carlier

Associate Dean, Academic Programs

Phone:

404-687-4503

Office:

CH114 / Box 11F

Rev. R. Leon Carroll, Jr.

Professor Emeritus

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1983-2009 Associate Professor of Supervised Ministry

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Cynthia Chalmers

Assistant to Dean, Office of Worship Life

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404-687-4531

Office:

CH301

Dr. T. Erskine Clarke

Professor Emeritus

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1973-2008 Professor of American Religious History

Betty Cook-McClelland

Housekeeper

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Office:

Buildings and Grounds / Box 350

Corie Cox

Associate Director, Creative Services

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404-687-4636

Office:

CH3 / Box 42F

Bob Craigmile

Digital Access Librarian

Phone:

404-687-4611

Office:

JBCL203 / Box 7F

Jennifer G. Cuthbertson

Senior Director, Strategic Communications

Phone:

404-687-4530

Office:

CH3 / Box 12F

Dr. Kathy L. Dawson

Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education and Project Director for the Wonder of Worship Grant

Phone:

404-687-4579

Office:

RC201 / Box 3F

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Dr. Dawson is interested in the fields of life course development, teaching and learning methods, the spiritual lives of children, and intergenerational learning and worship. Her current research is focused on how we can best nurture children in their worship and prayer lives. She was named Educator of the Year by the Association of Partners in Christian Education in 2015.

Education:

  • PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Columbia Theological Seminary
  • MA, Presbyterian School of Christian Education
  • BA, California State University

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Rev. Wendy Dewberry

Collection Management Specialist

Phone:

404-687-4546

Office:

JBCL119 / Box 7F

Dr. Mark Douglas

Professor of Christian Ethics; Lead Professor ThM Program

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404-687-4650

Office:

CH310 / Box 17F

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Mark Douglas is Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the ThM Degree at Columbia Theological Seminary.  He teaches on a wide range of subjects, including environmental ethics, religion and politics, medical and economic ethics, science and religion, and theological and philosophical ethics.  His current area of research explores the connections between environmental degradation and conflict with particular attention to religious responses to such conflicts.  His two most recent books, Christian Pacifism for an Environmental Age and Modernity, the Environment, and the Christian Just War Tradition (both with Cambridge University Press) explore this work and he is currently working on another book, Wars in a Warming World: Religion, Resources, and Refugees, on the topic.

He holds a B.A. with distinction in biology from Colorado College, an MDiv and a ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD in religious ethics from the University of Virginia.

Mark is a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and currently serves the denomination as a member of its Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy and a member of it Mission Responsibility Through Investment committee.  He also serves on the Institutional Review Board of Northside Hospital and the Ethics Commission for the City of Decatur as well as various editorial boards and professional societies.

Mark grew up in rural Colorado and, even after several decades on the faculty at Columbia Theological Seminary, is still adjusting to the fact that he lives in Atlanta.  His wife, the Rev. Dr. Lindsay Armstrong directs new church development for the PCUSA in the greater Atlanta area and they have one child, a daughter, Logan, currently completing doctoral work in museum studies and postcolonial theory at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

He is comfortable talking about a wide range of public issues, including any related to his teaching foci.

Education:

  • PhD, University of Virginia
  • MDiv, ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, Colorado College

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Zoe Fletcher

Central Services Coordinator

Phone:

404-687-4630

Office:

CH5 / Box 345

Dr. Anna Carter Florence

Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching

Phone:

404-687-4541

Office:

CH314 / Box 20F

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Anna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds degrees from Yale University (BA) and Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv and PhD). Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1998, Anna served as an associate pastor for youth and young adults at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis.

Anna’s books include Preaching as Testimony, Inscribing the Word, and Rehearsing Scripture: Discovering God’s Word in Community, based on her 2012 Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School. Her newest book is A is for Alabaster: 52 Reflections on the Stories of Scripture. She has also published articles and chapters in numerous books and journals, including a year’s worth of lectionary text commentaries for www.WorkingPreacher.org.

Anna’s research focuses on testimony, preaching pedagogies, and creative strategies for communities to engage and encounter the biblical text for our present context. She is a frequent preacher and teacher in the U.S. and abroad, which gives her plenty of opportunity to do what makes her happiest: sitting around a table with a group of people, a big passage of Scripture, and a big block of time to dive into it. She and her husband, the Rev. David Carter Florence, have two grown sons, Caleb and Jonah. They also have two dogs, two cats, and way too much knitting yarn.

Education:

  • PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, Yale University

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Dr. Israel Galindo

Associate Dean, Lifelong Learning

Phone:

404-687-4558

Office:

HC210 / Box 42F

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Israel Galindo, Ed.D. serves as Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning at the Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur GA where he directs the Pastoral Excellence Programs of the Center for Lifelong Learning. He is the author of numerous books, including The Hidden Lives of Congregations (Rowman & Littlefield) selected as one of the “ten best books of 2005” by the Academy of Parish Clergy, and Perspectives on Congregational Leadership: Applying systems thinking for effective leadership (Didache Press). His latest books include Mastering the Art of Instruction (Didache Press), Stories of the Desert Fathers (Didache Press), Leadership In Ministry: Bowen Theory in the Congregational Context (Didache Press), and Reframing Ministry Leadership: New Insights From a Systems Theory Perspective (Didache Press). He is a frequent seminar and workshop presenter, and writes for several blogs, including the blog for theological school deans of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion and Theology. Galindo is an ordained minister with the American Baptist Churches USA.

Education:

  • EdD, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • MRE, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • BA, Northeastern Bible College

Denomination:  American Baptist

Dr. Philip R. Gehman

Dean of Students Emeritus

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1985-2003 VP for Student Life and Dean of Students

Chassidy M. Goggins

Media and Marketing Coordinator, Center for Lifelong Learning

Phone:

404-687-4566

Office:

HC209 / Box 42F

Dr. Catherine Gunsalus Gonzalez

Professor Emerita

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1974-2002 Professor of Church History

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Professor Emerita of Church History, Dr. Catherine Gunsalus Gonzalez shares memories of many of the first women in theological education at Presbyterian seminaries (including herself) from the 70s through the 90s.

Vincent Greco

Systems Administrator

Phone:

404-687-4561

Office:

BLC304 / Box 28F

Dr. Robert B. Griffin

Director, Center for Academic Literacy

Phone:

404-687-4633

Office:

JBCL224 / Box 29F

Rebekah Groover

Director, Strategic Giving

Phone:

404-687-4506

Office:

CH101 / Box 12F

Rollin Guyden

Director, Instructional Design and Technology

Phone:

404-687-4560

Office:

JBCL223E / Box 11F

Minister Rylan A. Harris

Director, Chapel Music

Phone:

404-687-4531

Office:

CH301 / Box 31F

Dr. Tim Hartman

Associate Professor of Theology

Phone:

404-687-4679

Office:

CH306 / Box 16F

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Tim Hartman is Associate Professor of Theology. He holds a B.A. in History from Stanford University, a MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a MA in Religious Studies and a PhD in Theology, Ethics, and Culture from the University of Virginia. He is the author of two books: Theology after Colonization: Kwame Bediako, Karl Barth, and the future of theological reflection (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020) and Kwame Bediako: African Theology for a World Christianity (Fortress Press, 2022/Langham Publications, 2021), and has published articles in Modern Theology, Black Theology, and Cross Currents. He is an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and served in a congregation in Los Angeles and a new church development in Baltimore. He previously served as the board chair of Emergent Village and of Amahoro Africa. During his yearlong sabbatical funded by a Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant, he served as Visiting Scholar in the Desmond Tutu Center for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. He teaches courses such as Christian Theology 1 & 2, Reformed Theology, Antiracist Theologies, Theology and Community, Jesus Christ in Global Perspective, and Contextual Immersions. His scholarly interests include: contemporary Christian theologies worldwide, Christology, Lived Theology (the interrelationship between religious beliefs and practices), Election/Predestination, antiracist theologies, ecclesiology, postcolonial mission, and the work of Karl Barth, Kwame Bediako, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and James Cone.

Education:

  • PhD, University of Virginia
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, Stanford University

Denomination:  Presbyterian Church (USA)

Robert Hay

Vice President, Business & Administration

Phone:

404-687-4512

Office:

CH106 / Box 46F

Amy Hayes

Administrative Assistant, Enrollment Management and Vocational Outreach

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404-687-4539

Office:

CH210 / Box 6F

Dr. Douglas W. Hix

Professor Emeritus

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1980-1993 Director of Advanced Studies; Associate Professor of Pastoral Studies

Dr. Christopher T. Holmes

Adjunct

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/ Box 22F

Dr. Christine J. Hong

Associate Professor of Educational Ministry; Lead Professor DEdMin Program

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404-687-4659

Office:

RC203 / Box 39F

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The Rev. Dr. Christine J. Hong (she/her) is the Associate Professor of Educational Ministries at Columbia Theological Seminary. She is a PC(USA) minister and holds degrees from Claremont School of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Washington.

Dr. Hong is an interreligious and religious educator passionate about storytelling as a decolonial pedagogy for spiritual communities. In her teaching, she guides students and spiritual communities through decolonizing their religious and spiritual traditions. With years of experience in the field of practical theology, interreligious and religious education, Dr. Hong has worked on numerous research projects and has published articles and books on the Korean American experience, pedagogy, and decoloniality. She is a frequent workshop leader and conference speaker on decolonial pedagogy, spirituality, and JEDI (Justice Education, Diversity, and Inclusion) in educational and spiritual spaces. Her current research projects include story circles with Asian and Asian American women to combat rising Anti-Asian hate, re-indiginizing Korean spiritualities in diaspora, and recovering and reclaiming stories from the Korean War and Ceasefire as intergenerational spiritual practice for Korean North Americans.

You can read Dr. Hong’s research in her books, Decolonial Futures: Intercultural and Interreligious Intelligence for Theological Education (Lexington), and Identity, Youth, and Gender in the Korean American Church (Palgrave). A third book is forthcoming with Dr. Anne Walker called, Candidly Speaking: Refusing a White Supremacist World Through Dialogue and Story.

Dr. Hong is also the lead professor for the DEdMin Program at Columbia Theological Semiary. She currently serves as the JEDI Officer for the Religious Education Association, a board member of FTESEA (The Fund for Theological Education in Southeast Asia), a board member of PANAAWTM (Pacific Asian North American Women in Theology and Ministry), and a doctoral mentor for the Louisville Institute and FTE.

Education:

  • PhD, Claremont School of Theology
  • ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, The University of Washington

Denomination:  Presbyterian Church (USA)

 

David M. Huffine

Vice President, Advancement

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404-687-4568

Office:

CH101 / Box 12F

Erica Hughes

Academic Coach, Center for Academic Literacy

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JBCL230 / Box 29F

Katina James

Controller, Assistant Treasurer

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404-684-6513

Office:

CH106 / Box 46F

Dr. E. Elizabeth Johnson

Professor Emerita

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1998-2018 J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament

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Rev. Rhonda M. Johnson

Administrative Assistant, Academic Affairs

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404-687-4534

Office:

CH107 / Box 25F

Tammy Johnson

Director, Bibliographic Access Services

Phone:

404-687-4612

Office:

JBCL120 / Box 7F

Dr. Julie Josund

Thriving Congregations Grant Project Director Assistant

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Rev. Sharon Junn

Associate Director, Spirituality Programs

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404-687-4557

Office:

HC204

Rev. Sam Kim

Coordinator, Transnational Ministry

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404-687-4672

Office:

BLC101

Carlene Knights

Director, Student Financial Services

Phone:

404-687-4582

Office:

CH201 / Box36F

Nathan Kongthum

Director, Development

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404-687-4588

Office:

CH107 / Box12F

Kevin Kordewick

Institutional A/V Technologist

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404-687-4637

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BLC301 / Box 57F

Justyn Krzic

Network Systems Administrator

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404-687-4570

Office:

BLC305 / Box 28F

Micah Lemon

Security Officer

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Rev. Alvin Lingenfelter

Associate Director, Contextual Education

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404-687-4519

Office:

BLC101 / Box 27F

Dr. Ria L. Martin

Director, Intercultural and Global Services

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404-687-4673

Office:

CH212 / Box 18F

Dr. Melinda McGarrah Sharp

Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care; Lead Professor MAPT Program

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404-687-4542

Office:

CH312 / Box 34F

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Dr. McGarrah Sharp is interested in theologies and practices of pastoral care that take into account diversities, multiplicities, and our shared colonial histories.  To this end, she teaches and studies decolonial or postcolonial pastoral theology, grief and loss, and recognizing and responding with care and creativity in the face of complicities in harm.  She works with research partners and students to imagine healing possibilities of truth-telling and repair.  She has also researched and written about teaching practical theology, including in the unique contexts of travel/immersion courses and online courses.  Dr. McGarrah Sharp currently serves as the lead professor of the Master of Arts in Practical Theology program at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Education:

  • PhD, Vanderbilt University
  • MA,  Vanderbilt University
  • MAR, Yale University Divinity School
  • BA, University of Virginia

Denomination:  United Methodist

Dr. Tony McNeill

Affiliate Professor of Worship & Seminary Musician

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404-687-4649

Office:

CH303 / Box 44F

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Dr. Tony McNeill, affectionately known as “Dr. T.,” is a sought-after workshop clinician, lecturer, consultant, mentor, and choral conductor. “Dr. T” serves as an Affiliate Professor of Worship and Seminary Musician (2023-2024) at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. He served as Director of Choral Activities and Chairman of the Department of Performing Arts at Clinton College in Rock Hill, SC, from 2019-2022. Dr. McNeill also served four and a half years as the Director of Worship and the Arts at Atlanta’s Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, “America’s Freedom Church.”  In February 2022, Dr. McNeill was Artist-in-Residence for Covenant Presbyterian Church (Charlotte, NC). He later served as Interim Minister of Worship at Myers Park Presbyterian Church (Charlotte, NC). During the first quarter of 2023, he was Interim Minister of Music at Myers Park Baptist Church (Charlotte, NC)

In addition to his work in church worship ministry, he spends significant time in the academy. During the 2022-2023 year, he was an adjunct professor of music and worship at Campbell University (Buies Creek, NC), Clinton College, The Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta, GA), and Union Presbyterian Seminary (Charlotte, NC). Dr. McNeill has lectured for Duke Divinity School, Hampton University Ministers Conference, The Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, American Choral Directors Association, Shaw University Ministers Conference, and The Association of Partners in Christian Education (PCUSA). Dr. T. led music for the 2022 Montreat Youth Conference (Omega, Weeks 5 and 6) and was a service musician and workshop leader for the 2023 Worship and Music Conference sponsored by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. He has curated and led worship for the American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ Space for Grace Conference, the Forum for Theological Exploration, The Black Theology and Leadership Institute at Princeton Theological Seminary, Faith Coordinating Center at Wake Forest School of Divinity, The Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, The National Children’s Defense Fund, and The Montreat Conference Center. He is a former member and assistant director of the renowned recording group Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers.

Dr. Tony earned a bachelor of music education degree from Appalachian State University, with an emphasis in piano and choral music; a master’s degree in choral conducting from Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL); and a doctorate of worship studies from The Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies (Jacksonville, FL). His dissertation is entitled, “From Funeral to Feast: Renewing The Celebration of Holy Communion Through Congregational Singing in African American Baptist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina.” His article “Lift Every Voice and Sing: Forming Congregations for Justice” is featured in the Augusts 2021 edition of CALL TO WORSHIP: LITURGY, MUSIC, PREACHING, AND THE ARTS, a journal published by the Presbyterian Church USA. He published “Hiding in Plain Sight: A Reflection on Leading Worship” for INSIGHTS: THE FACULTY JOURNAL OF AUSTIN PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY (Austin, TX). He also contributed to “Going to Wait: African American Church Worship Resources—Pentecost through Advent” and “Waiting to Go: African American Church Worship Resources—Advent through Pentecost,” by James Abbington and Linda Hollies (Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 2002 and 2003). In 2016, Dr. McNeill was also profiled in the acclaimed BET.com documentary, “Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church,” curated by Clay Cane.

He is a member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. He is the Founder/Curator of THE CALL 2 WORSHIP GROUP, an online community of musicians and clergy.

Mike Medford

Registrar, Academic Affairs

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404-687-4576

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CH113 /Box 11F

Dr. Laura S. Mendenhall

President Emerita

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2000-2009 President

Elizabeth Miller

Assistant Director, Public Services

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404-687-4617

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JBCL220 / Box 7F

Dr. Martha L. Moore-Keish

J.B. Green Professor of Theology

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404 687-4652

Office:

CH313 / Box 30F

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Martha Moore-Keish is the J.B. Green Professor of Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary. She has taught at the seminary since 2004, offering classes on Christian, Reformed, comparative, and feminist theologies, as well as a range of special topics. Dr. Moore-Keish has published books on eucharistic theology and prayer, a theological commentary on the book of James, and an edited volume, Karl Barth and Comparative Theology. Her latest publication is a co-edited reference volume The T&T Clark Handbook on Sacraments and Sacramentality (2023).

 

After growing up and attending public school in Tallahassee, Florida, Dr. Moore-Keish went to Harvard College, where she studied comparative religions. Following her graduation, she spent a year studying ancient Indian history and culture at Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal, India.  Dr. Moore-Keish then attended Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, where she earned the MDiv degree and met and married her husband Chris. She earned the Ph.D. in theological studies from Emory University in 2000. Following graduation and ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she worked as an Associate in the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship, developing liturgical resources and educational events for church leaders. From 2003-04, she served on the faculty of Yale Divinity School and the Institute for Sacred Music as Assistant Professor of Liturgical Studies.

 

For several years, Dr. Moore-Keish served on official ecumenical dialogues between Reformed and Roman Catholic churches, most recently as Reformed co-chair of the international ecumenical dialogue between the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. In addition to research on liturgical and sacramental theologies, she has a long-standing interest in interreligious issues, particularly Christian-Jewish relations and religions of India. A Reformed theologian committed to theology for the church, she has recently been appointed to the new PC(USA) committee to consider a new confession for the Book of Confessions.  

Education:

  • PhD, Emory University
  • MDiv, Union Theological Seminary
  • AB, Harvard College

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Kevan Morshed

Evening Library Associate

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404-687-4610

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JBCL / Box7F

Dr. Deborah F. Mullen

Professor Emerita

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2010-2016, Executive VP/Dean of Faculty and Associate Professor of American Christianity and Black Church Studies, 2017 VP, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. D. Cameron Murchison, Jr.

Professor Emeritus

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2001 - 2011 Dean of Faculty & Executive VP; 1996 - 2011 Professor of Ministry

Dr. Jacob D. Myers

Wade P. Huie, Jr. Associate Professor of Homiletics

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404-687-4634

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CH316 / Box 51F

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Jake Myers serves as the Wade P. Huie, Jr. Associate Professor of Homiletics at Columbia Theological Seminary. He’s an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA).

Jake has written numerous books and essays, the latest of which is entitled “Stand-up Preaching: Homiletical Insights from Contemporary Comedians” (Cascade, 2022). He has a forthcoming book in press with Lexington Book’s Religion and Pop Culture series connecting theology and ethics with stand-up comedy, which he is co-authoring with Dr. Nicole Graham, a religious studies professor at King’s College London. He provides online homiletical resources and sermon coaching at www.preachingdr.com.

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  • PhD, Emory University
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, Gardner Webb University

Dr. Sara J. Myers

Professor Emerita

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2007 - 2012 Director, John Bulow Campbell Library and Professor of Theological Bibliography

Dr. Raj Nadella

Samuel A. Cartledge Associate Professor of New Testament

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404 687-4544

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CH307 / Box 33F

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Dr. Raj Nadella is the Samuel A. Cartledge Associate Professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. His research interests include postcolonial biblical interpretation, migration and New Testament perspectives on economic justice. Nadella is the author of Dialogue Not Dogma: Many Voices in the Gospel of Luke (Bloomsbury, 2011), co-editor of Christianity and the Law of Migration (Routledge, 2021) and co-author of Postcolonialism and the Bible (Bloomsbury, forthcoming in 2024). Nadella serves on the editorial boards of Currents in Biblical Research, Review of Biblical Literature and Oxford Bibliographies Online: Biblical Studies. He has written for publications such as The Huffington Post, Sojourners, Christian Century and Working Preacher.

Dr. Nadella is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He is actively involved in the academy and the Church on issues such as race, economic justice and immigration. He chairs the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)’s Committee on Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession (CUREMP).

Education:

  • PhD, Union Theological Seminary, Virginia
  • MABL, Graduate Theological Union
  • MDiv/BD United Theological College, India
  • BTh, Serampore College, India

Denomination:  Presbyterian Church (USA)

Rev. Ann-Henley Nicholson

Vice President, Enrollment Management and Vocational Outreach

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404-687-4516

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Dr. Kathleen M. O'Connor

Professor Emerita

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2005 -2010 William M McPheeters Professor of Old Testament; 1995 - 2004 Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Sue Kim Park

Associate Dean, Contextual Education and International Partnerships

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404-687-4518

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Dr. Sue Kim Park is interested in theologies and practices of interreligious and contextual education that center lived experience and identity formation. She teaches contextual education courses that ask questions about identity, expressions and embodiment of faith, wholeness of human spirituality, and complexities of the human web. In her role as the Associate Dean of CEIP, she is always researching pedagogies of experiential and immersion courses that seek to transform one’s understanding of the self and the other.

Rev. Dr. Natasha L. Patterson

Associate Dean, Student Formation and Campus Culture

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404-687-4664

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CH214 / Box 18F

Dr. John H. Patton

Professor Emeritus

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1965-2001 Professor of Pastoral Theology/Director of ThD Program

Emily E. Peterson

Director, Public Services

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404-687-4661

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JBCL208 / Box 7F

Dr. Robert H. Ramey

Professor Emeritus

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1979-1995 Professor of Ministry

Dr. Charles E. Raynal

Professor Emeritus

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1999-2009 Associate Professor of Theology; Director of Advanced Studies

Caitlin Reeves Greenamyre

Director, Archives

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404-687-4615

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Rev. Matt Rich

Director, Admissions and Enrollment Operations

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404-687-4517

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CH201 / Box 6F

Dr. Marcia Y. Riggs

Professor Emerita

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1991-2023 J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics

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Dr. Riggs is interested in the relationship between social oppression and socio-religious ethical praxis, ethical discourse that bridges the gap between womanist religious scholarship and the Church’s practice of ministry, the moral foundations for public policy, and the Church`s role in social justice ministry. She was named as a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2017-2018.

Dr. Riggs is the Founder of an applied ethics non-profit center called Still Waters: A Center for Ethical Formation and Practices, Inc.  Still Waters’ mission is to provide education in conflict transformation theory and practices, particularly focusing upon the intersection of religion and violence.  The Center’s latest program is REM (Religious Ethical Mediation) PLAY, interactive dialogues for envisioning practical ways to engage during times of conflict.

Education:

  • PhD, Vanderbilt University
  • MDiv, Yale Divinity School
  • AB, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College

Denomination: Non- Denominational

 

Alison Riviere

Certificate Programs Coordinator and Thriving in Ministry Grant Project Director Assistant

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404-687-4592

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Michael Robertson

Public Services Archivist

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404-687-4628

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JBCL313

tsharre sanders

Evening Library Associate

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404-687-4610

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JBCL / Box 7F

Jody Sauls, PHR

Director, Human Resources; Title IX Coordinator

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404-687-4654

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CH112 / Box 56F

Dr. Stanley P. Saunders

Faculty Emeritus

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1991-2020 Associate Professor of New Testament

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Dr. Saunders’ research interests include “eschatology” in early Christian understandings of “the last days,” the nature of the Church, spirituality, and ecclesial self-definition, with a special interest in the Gospel according to Matthew.

Education:

  • PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Emmanuel School of Religion
  • BA, San Jose Bible College

Denomination: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Robert W. Schoonover

Associate Director, Annual Giving

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404-687-4622

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CH7 / Box 12F

Add Seymour

Associate Director, Strategic Communications

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404-687-4548

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Dr. Mitzi J. Smith

J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament

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404-687-4563

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CH309 / Box 26F

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Dr. Mitzi J. Smith is the J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA and Professor Extraordinarius at the Institute for Gender Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA). Smith’s research interests are Africana and womanist interpretation, ancient enslavement, and translation. Smith has authored, co-authored, or edited ten books and many essays and articles. Her book publications include Chloe and Her People: A Womanist Critical Dialogue with First Corinthians (Cascade, 2023); We are All Witnesses: Toward Disruptive and Creative Biblical Interpretation (co-authored with Michael Newheart; Cascade, 2023); Bitter the Chastening Rod. Africana Biblical Interpretation After Stony the Road We Trod in the Time of BLM, SayHerName, and MeToo (co-edited w/Angela Parker and Ericka Dunbar; Fortress Academic, 2022); Womanist Sass and Back Talk: Social (In)Justice, Intersectionality, and Biblical Interpretation (Cascade, 2018); Insights from African American Interpretation (Fortress, 2017); and I Found God in Me: A Womanist Biblical Hermeneutics Reader (edited; Cascade, 2015). Smith’s works in progress include a book about Luke’s Jesus (Cascade) and The Oxford Handbook of the Bible, Race, and Diaspora, co-edited with Raj Nadella and Luis Menéndez-Antuña. She proposed and is the first chair of the Womanist Interpretation program unit of the Society of Biblical Literature. Smith is also a member of the Society for the Study of Black Religion (SSBR) and the Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS). With a small grant from the Wabash Center, Smith launched the Beyond the Womanist Classroom podcast on Sept 2, 2022.

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PhD, Harvard University

MA, The Ohio State University

MDiv, Howard University School of Divinity

DENOMINATION: Nondenominational

 

Dr. Rebecca F. Spurrier

Associate Dean for Worship Life; Assistant Professor of Worship

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404-687-4608

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Dr. Rebecca F. Spurrier is Associate Dean for Worship Life and Assistant Professor of Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary. She integrates a focus on disability studies and liturgical theology in the classroom with the formation of worship leaders through weekly chapel services. She is interested in a theology and practice of public worship that reflects the beauty and tension human difference brings to Christian liturgy.

Engaging ethnographic theology, disability studies, and liturgical aesthetics, her research explores the hope of human interdependence and the importance of liturgical access for religious practice and Christian community. She is the author of The Disabled Church: Human Difference and the Art of Communal Worship (Fordham University Press, 2019) and other chapters and articles on worship, disability theology, and ethnographic theology, such as “Disability, Human Difference, and the Sacramentality of Access,” in T&T Clark Companion to the Sacraments and Sacramentality and “Disabling Eschatology: Time for the Table of Our Common Pleasure,” in the journal Liturgy.

A Mennonite with commitments to ecumenical worship, her current research involves a collaborative team of researchers and writers, who are developing a liturgical resource constructively informed by the wisdom of disability experience that responds to ableism in Christian worship.

She serves as co-chair of the Ecclesial Practices Unit of the American Academy of Religion, as a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, and as a board member of the Friendship Center at Holy Comforter Church.

Education:

  • PhD, Emory University
  • MDiv, Emory University, Candler School of Theology
  • BA, Calvin College

Denomination:  Mennonite

Dr. George W. Stroup

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Dr. Nicole Symmonds

Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics

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404-687-4537

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CH315 / Box 10F

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Dr. Symmonds is the Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics. Her work sits at the intersection of Christian ethics and women, gender, and sexuality studies. She explores Black women’s embodiment, particularly the practices of liberative embodiment they craft as a method of resistance to domination and as a simulation of freedom. Dr. Symmonds’ research qualitatively engages issues around faith-based sex trafficking interventions and commercial sex work, Caribbean cultural practices such as Carnival masquerading and embodied celebration, and she theorizes how trends in popular culture around performances of race, sex, and sexuality reveal and/or conceal opportunity for ethical reflection. Her other interests include Catholic moral theology from a womanist standpoint, cultural criticism, literature as a moral genre, and the intersections of horror and religion. Dr. Symmonds identifies as Black Catholic, a religious tradition that follows the rite of the Roman Catholic Church but is driven by the spirit of Blackness in all its forms according to Black people’s diasporic origins and heritage. She is a parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes, the Mother Church of African-American Catholics in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

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PhD, Emory University
MDiv, Emory University, Candler School of Theology
BS, Florida A&M University

Denomination: Catholic

Michael Teems

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Felicia R. Thimas

Operations Coordinator, Business Office

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404-687-4510

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Greg Thomas

Maintenance

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404-687-4607

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Tierra Thomas

Contract ATLA Grant Project Archives Assistant

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Valrie Thompson

Assistant Director, Advancement Operations

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404-687-4525

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CH101 / Box 31F

Rev. Dr. Kathryn Threadgill

Vice President and Dean, Student Formation and Campus Culture

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404-687-4522

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CH216

Dr. Jeffery L. Tribble, Sr.

Associate Professor of Ministry; Lead Professor DMin Program

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404-687-4586

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CH107 / Box 25F

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Jeffery L. Tribble, Sr. has been a member of the teaching faculty of Columbia since 2007. He currently serves as the Lead Professor of the Doctor of Ministry Program and is tenured as Associate Professor of Ministry. He is a practical theologian and qualitative researcher and teaches a variety courses in the practice of ministry, theories and practices of leadership, church administration, qualitative research methodology and theological research, and supervised ministry for Doctor of Ministry Students. His institutional leadership has included service as Associate Dean for Advanced Professional Studies,  Chair of the Institutional Review Board, Chair of the Advanced Degrees Committee, Chair of the Practical Theology Area, Becoming Implementation Task Force, Pathway to Tomorrow Vision Steering Committee, and Strategic Blueprinting Task Force. Dr. Tribble’s academic credentials are Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Doctor of Philosophy in Practical Theology and Congregational Studies from the Joint Program of Northwestern University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University. An ordained Elder of The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, he is a practitioner scholar with over thirty years of ministry leadership as a pastor and presiding elder with service and teaching on all levels of the A.M.E. Zion Connectional Church. A researcher and consultant of congregational ministries as well as an active member of a local church, he is keenly interested in the quality of pastoral leadership, the vitality of congregational ministry, and the varied roles of congregations in their communities.

Education:

  • PhD, Northwestern University
  • MDiv, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • BS, Howard University

Denomination: Africian Methodist Episcopal Zion

Jeff Vaughan

Director of Academic Technology

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404-687-4635

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Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Counseling

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Chanequa Walker-Barnes is a womanist pastoral theologian, clinical psychologist, and ecumenical minister who serves as Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care. At the core of Dr. Walker-Barnes’s work is a deep commitment to dismantling oppression and promoting justice and healing in the Christian church and the broader US society. She teaches course on pastoral care for couples and families, womanist pastoral care, mindfulness and self-care, and racial justice/reconciliation. She is the author of three books – Sacred Self Care: Daily Practices for Nurturing Our Whole Selves, I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation, and Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength, as well as two dozen book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles in theology, clinical psychology, and child development. Her faith has been shaped by Methodist, Baptist, Buddhist, and evangelical social justice communities. She was ordained by an independent fellowship that holds incarnational theology, community engagement, social justice, and prophetic witness as its core values.

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  • D., University of Miami
  • S., University of Miami
  • Div., Duke University
  • A., Emory University

Denomination: Post-Denominational

Areas of Expertise: Mental health, self-care, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, racism & racial justice/reconciliation, faith-based activism, womanist theology, African American women

Dr. Haruko Nawata Ward

Professor of Church History

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404-687-4545

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I am Haruko Nawata Ward, Professor of Church History. My primary research field is Reformations Studies (or Early Modern global Christianities). As a historian, I like to listen attentively to the voices in the primary sources in the archives and old books. I am especially interested in finding women reformers’ voices, the interior worlds of women martyrs and martyrologists, and the interpretations of the Gospel and their implications for the socio-theological-moral (in)justices in early modern colonial missions. While I prefer hearing from the dead, I am happy to publish these findings for general audiences and to engage with professional societies who can talk back to me. I also like to introduce my research in teaching and converse with my students about what history means today as we dismantle myths, half-truths, and untested beliefs. Since 2002, I have created and taught general courses in the History of Christianities (from the beginnings to the modern period), addressing critical topics, agents, and issues in church history while honoring diverse ecumenical traditions throughout history. I enjoy teaching my elective courses on various subjects in the global Reformations and co-teaching integrative courses with my colleagues. We make the learning space/time together, weaving the primary voices from history and using creative and imaginative tools, such as songs, foods, and reenactments, be it in classrooms, the cyber world, or chapel services.

Education:

  • PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • MA, New York University
  • BFA, Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Dr. Ralph C. Watkins

The Peachtree Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth

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404-687-4536

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BLC311 / Box 32F

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Ralph Basui Watkins is known as “the scholar with a camera!” He does work at the intersections of spirituality, photography, documentary film and social justice. He is the author of six books, and over thirty chapters and articles. He is a sought-after speaker, workshop leader and panelist. His television show Talk it Out with Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins was one of the top-rated shows on the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting network for over four years (2012-2016). He is also the producer / director of four full length made for television feature documentaries: She Is The Pastor (2012), Our Journey to Palestine: A Story of the 43rd Delegation of Interfaith Peace Builders (2013), Africana Theology and the Roots of Our Faith: A Journey Through Egypt (2018) and Seeing the Future of the African American Church in the Rainbow (2023). In recent years, Watkins has been the artist in residence at the Velvet Note, a nationally recognized jazz club. He has been awarded a Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant, Collegeville Institute Sabbatical Residency Grant, Governor’s Teaching Fellowship, Lilly Teaching Fellowship, Fulbright Hayes Fellowship for study in Ghana, a Wabash Teaching Fellowship, and various awards and grants to study in Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Ghana. You can see his work at https://futureofblackchurch.org/ 

Education:

  • PhD, The University of Pittsburgh
  • DMin, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • MA, The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
  • BA, California State University, Sacramento

Denomination:  African Methodist Episcopal

Paul Weary

Central Services Coordinator

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404-687-4564

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CH5 / Box 345

Rev. Dr. Charles A. Wiley

Director, Major Gifts

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404-687-4671

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CH101 / Box 31F

Karen Wishart-Christian

Executive Assistant, Academic Affairs

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404-687-4521

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CH114 / Box 11F

Dr. Brian A. Wren

Professor Emeritus

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2000-2007 Conant Professor of Worship

Dr. Christine Roy Yoder

Senior Vice President and Dean of Faculty; J. McDowell Richards Professor of Biblical Interpretation

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404-687-4596

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CH114 / Box 11F

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Dr. Yoder’s research interests include Israelite and ancient Near Eastern wisdom literature; the social-historical and theological dynamics of the post-exilic period; the short stories of Ruth, Esther, and Jonah; and biblical conceptions of the moral self.

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  • PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, Swarthmore College

Denomination:  Presbyterian Church (USA)

Dr. William Yoo

Associate Professor of American Religious and Cultural History; Director of MDiv Program

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404-687-4589

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CH305 / Box 2F

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Dr. Yoo has previously written about the transnational histories of American Protestant world missions in Korea and Korean American immigrant religious communities as well as the histories of Presbyterianism and Protestant theological education in the United States. His latest book covers the history and legacy of slavery and anti-Black racism in American Presbyterianism. His current research interests include tracing the histories of racial injustice, settler colonialism, and slavery in the United States and examining Indigenous, Black, and Asian American theologies of freedom and resistance.

He is also a minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who desires to write, teach, and preach honest narratives of the past integrating Reformed understandings of confession and illumination. His conviction is that deeper engagement with history will aid us in more faithful and effective participation in our present ministries exhibiting God’s love, justice, grace, and righteousness. When studying the development of Christianity in the antebellum United States, he is motivated to find both beautiful moments of awe-inspiring faith and ugly episodes where it is difficult to discern the divine presence. He began teaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in 2014. He and his spouse, Sarah, a middle school educator in Atlanta Public Schools, reside in Decatur, Georgia with their two teenage children and two cats.

Education:

  • PhD, Emory University
  • ThM, Emory University
  • MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary
  • BSE, University of Pennsylvania

Denomination:  Presbyterian Church (USA)

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Dr. Brennan W. Breed

Associate Professor of Old Testament and Director of the QEP

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404-687-4553

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RC306 / Box 40F

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Brennan Breed teaches Old Testament at Columbia, and directs the Quality Enhancement Plan at Columbia, which is focused for the next five years on increasing students’ capacities in intercultural communication. He also serves as the Theologian-in-Residence at First Presbyterian Church of Marietta. Brennan teaches and preaches at various churches most Sundays of the year, and loves being involved in local congregations.

At Columbia, Brennan teaches courses in ancient Hebrew, Old Testament survey, the exegesis of prophetic books and wisdom literature, the history of ancient Israel, the use of the Bible in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim visual art, and the use and interpretation of biblical texts in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities throughout history.

Brennan has written the monograph Nomadic Text: A Theory of Biblical Reception History (Indiana University Press, 2014) and co-authored Carol Newsom’s Daniel: A Commentary for the Old Testament Library series (Westminster John Knox: 2014). Both of these volumes trace the ways that various communities throughout history have understood particular biblical texts, generated unique interpretations, and produced art, liturgy, music and more in response to them.

Currently, Brennan is co-authoring a history of the early Hellenistic period (third century BCE) in the southern Levant, which includes Judaea, with Davis Hankins. This book explores the radical changes that occurred during this first century of Greek rule in the ancient Near East and how they precipitated the emergence of the earliest known apocalyptic literature, the first Jewish explorations of science, and the first book of Jewish philosophy. Brennan is also writing a commentary on Daniel for the Interpretation series from Westminster John Knox and a commentary on Ecclesiastes for the Eerdmans Illuminations series. Brennan has authored more than twenty book chapters, journal articles, and other academic publications that focus on the uses of biblical texts over time. He received the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise at the University of Heidelberg in 2016.

Education:

  • PhD, Emory University
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, University of Virginia

Denomination:  Episcopal

Subjects of expertise: Old Testament, Biblical Studies, books of Job, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, Apocalyptic literature, prophetic literature, the use of the Bible in politics, religious history, art, music, literature

Dr. William P. Brown

William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament

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404-687-4584

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RC309 / Box 54F

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William P. Brown (but you can call me, Bill) is the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.  My writings explore the intersecting issues of ecology, justice, faith, and science from various biblical perspectives.  Throughout my many years of teaching (over thirty now), I’ve written a few books along the way, including Wisdom’s Wonder, The Seven Pillars of Creation, Seeing the Psalms, Sacred Sense, Handbook to Old Testament Exegesis, and most recently Deep Calls to Deep: The Psalms in Dialogue amid Disruption.  Much of my work is driven by the desire to promote constructive dialogue among diverse participants to foster mutual understanding and equity.  I am also known as an “evangelist of wonder” in my teaching and writing.  I love to teach biblical interpretation as an exercise in wonder, the kind of wonder that is ever open to being surprised by the text, by God, by creation, and by each other.  And wonder, it must be said, often leads to wondering, which doesn’t shy away from asking hard questions about the text, God, and each other.  Such an approach invites interdisciplinary approaches, some far afield of traditional biblical research.  I spent a year, for example, studying the social and theological implications of astrobiology at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, which blew my mind and instilled in me a cosmic perspective whenever I talk about God and life, human and otherwise.

I am currently working on a Psalms commentary for the Old Testament Library series and on a collaborative project on biblical aesthetics with Dr. Ralph Watkins.  I am ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and love preaching and teaching.  Gail and I are the proud parents of two amazing daughters, Ella and Hannah: one is a landscape architect and organic farmer, while the other is a primatologist studying the mountain gorillas of Rwanda.  Talk about wonder!

Education:

  • PhD, Emory University
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, Whitman College

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Dr. Christopher T. Holmes

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Dr. Raj Nadella

Samuel A. Cartledge Associate Professor of New Testament

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404 687-4544

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CH307 / Box 33F

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Dr. Raj Nadella is the Samuel A. Cartledge Associate Professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. His research interests include postcolonial biblical interpretation, migration and New Testament perspectives on economic justice. Nadella is the author of Dialogue Not Dogma: Many Voices in the Gospel of Luke (Bloomsbury, 2011), co-editor of Christianity and the Law of Migration (Routledge, 2021) and co-author of Postcolonialism and the Bible (Bloomsbury, forthcoming in 2024). Nadella serves on the editorial boards of Currents in Biblical Research, Review of Biblical Literature and Oxford Bibliographies Online: Biblical Studies. He has written for publications such as The Huffington Post, Sojourners, Christian Century and Working Preacher.

Dr. Nadella is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He is actively involved in the academy and the Church on issues such as race, economic justice and immigration. He chairs the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)’s Committee on Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession (CUREMP).

Education:

  • PhD, Union Theological Seminary, Virginia
  • MABL, Graduate Theological Union
  • MDiv/BD United Theological College, India
  • BTh, Serampore College, India

Denomination:  Presbyterian Church (USA)

Dr. Mitzi J. Smith

J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament

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404-687-4563

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CH309 / Box 26F

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Dr. Mitzi J. Smith is the J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA and Professor Extraordinarius at the Institute for Gender Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA). Smith’s research interests are Africana and womanist interpretation, ancient enslavement, and translation. Smith has authored, co-authored, or edited ten books and many essays and articles. Her book publications include Chloe and Her People: A Womanist Critical Dialogue with First Corinthians (Cascade, 2023); We are All Witnesses: Toward Disruptive and Creative Biblical Interpretation (co-authored with Michael Newheart; Cascade, 2023); Bitter the Chastening Rod. Africana Biblical Interpretation After Stony the Road We Trod in the Time of BLM, SayHerName, and MeToo (co-edited w/Angela Parker and Ericka Dunbar; Fortress Academic, 2022); Womanist Sass and Back Talk: Social (In)Justice, Intersectionality, and Biblical Interpretation (Cascade, 2018); Insights from African American Interpretation (Fortress, 2017); and I Found God in Me: A Womanist Biblical Hermeneutics Reader (edited; Cascade, 2015). Smith’s works in progress include a book about Luke’s Jesus (Cascade) and The Oxford Handbook of the Bible, Race, and Diaspora, co-edited with Raj Nadella and Luis Menéndez-Antuña. She proposed and is the first chair of the Womanist Interpretation program unit of the Society of Biblical Literature. Smith is also a member of the Society for the Study of Black Religion (SSBR) and the Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS). With a small grant from the Wabash Center, Smith launched the Beyond the Womanist Classroom podcast on Sept 2, 2022.

EDUCATION:

PhD, Harvard University

MA, The Ohio State University

MDiv, Howard University School of Divinity

DENOMINATION: Nondenominational

 

Dr. Christine Roy Yoder

Senior Vice President and Dean of Faculty; J. McDowell Richards Professor of Biblical Interpretation

Phone:

404-687-4596

Office:

CH114 / Box 11F

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Dr. Yoder’s research interests include Israelite and ancient Near Eastern wisdom literature; the social-historical and theological dynamics of the post-exilic period; the short stories of Ruth, Esther, and Jonah; and biblical conceptions of the moral self.

Education: 

  • PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, Swarthmore College

Denomination:  Presbyterian Church (USA)

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Dr. Mark Douglas

Professor of Christian Ethics; Lead Professor ThM Program

Phone:

404-687-4650

Office:

CH310 / Box 17F

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Mark Douglas is Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the ThM Degree at Columbia Theological Seminary.  He teaches on a wide range of subjects, including environmental ethics, religion and politics, medical and economic ethics, science and religion, and theological and philosophical ethics.  His current area of research explores the connections between environmental degradation and conflict with particular attention to religious responses to such conflicts.  His two most recent books, Christian Pacifism for an Environmental Age and Modernity, the Environment, and the Christian Just War Tradition (both with Cambridge University Press) explore this work and he is currently working on another book, Wars in a Warming World: Religion, Resources, and Refugees, on the topic.

He holds a B.A. with distinction in biology from Colorado College, an MDiv and a ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD in religious ethics from the University of Virginia.

Mark is a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and currently serves the denomination as a member of its Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy and a member of it Mission Responsibility Through Investment committee.  He also serves on the Institutional Review Board of Northside Hospital and the Ethics Commission for the City of Decatur as well as various editorial boards and professional societies.

Mark grew up in rural Colorado and, even after several decades on the faculty at Columbia Theological Seminary, is still adjusting to the fact that he lives in Atlanta.  His wife, the Rev. Dr. Lindsay Armstrong directs new church development for the PCUSA in the greater Atlanta area and they have one child, a daughter, Logan, currently completing doctoral work in museum studies and postcolonial theory at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

He is comfortable talking about a wide range of public issues, including any related to his teaching foci.

Education:

  • PhD, University of Virginia
  • MDiv, ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, Colorado College

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Dr. Tim Hartman

Associate Professor of Theology

Phone:

404-687-4679

Office:

CH306 / Box 16F

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Tim Hartman is Associate Professor of Theology. He holds a B.A. in History from Stanford University, a MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a MA in Religious Studies and a PhD in Theology, Ethics, and Culture from the University of Virginia. He is the author of two books: Theology after Colonization: Kwame Bediako, Karl Barth, and the future of theological reflection (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020) and Kwame Bediako: African Theology for a World Christianity (Fortress Press, 2022/Langham Publications, 2021), and has published articles in Modern Theology, Black Theology, and Cross Currents. He is an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and served in a congregation in Los Angeles and a new church development in Baltimore. He previously served as the board chair of Emergent Village and of Amahoro Africa. During his yearlong sabbatical funded by a Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant, he served as Visiting Scholar in the Desmond Tutu Center for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. He teaches courses such as Christian Theology 1 & 2, Reformed Theology, Antiracist Theologies, Theology and Community, Jesus Christ in Global Perspective, and Contextual Immersions. His scholarly interests include: contemporary Christian theologies worldwide, Christology, Lived Theology (the interrelationship between religious beliefs and practices), Election/Predestination, antiracist theologies, ecclesiology, postcolonial mission, and the work of Karl Barth, Kwame Bediako, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and James Cone.

Education:

  • PhD, University of Virginia
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, Stanford University

Denomination:  Presbyterian Church (USA)

Dr. Martha L. Moore-Keish

J.B. Green Professor of Theology

Phone:

404 687-4652

Office:

CH313 / Box 30F

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Martha Moore-Keish is the J.B. Green Professor of Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary. She has taught at the seminary since 2004, offering classes on Christian, Reformed, comparative, and feminist theologies, as well as a range of special topics. Dr. Moore-Keish has published books on eucharistic theology and prayer, a theological commentary on the book of James, and an edited volume, Karl Barth and Comparative Theology. Her latest publication is a co-edited reference volume The T&T Clark Handbook on Sacraments and Sacramentality (2023).

 

After growing up and attending public school in Tallahassee, Florida, Dr. Moore-Keish went to Harvard College, where she studied comparative religions. Following her graduation, she spent a year studying ancient Indian history and culture at Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal, India.  Dr. Moore-Keish then attended Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, where she earned the MDiv degree and met and married her husband Chris. She earned the Ph.D. in theological studies from Emory University in 2000. Following graduation and ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she worked as an Associate in the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship, developing liturgical resources and educational events for church leaders. From 2003-04, she served on the faculty of Yale Divinity School and the Institute for Sacred Music as Assistant Professor of Liturgical Studies.

 

For several years, Dr. Moore-Keish served on official ecumenical dialogues between Reformed and Roman Catholic churches, most recently as Reformed co-chair of the international ecumenical dialogue between the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. In addition to research on liturgical and sacramental theologies, she has a long-standing interest in interreligious issues, particularly Christian-Jewish relations and religions of India. A Reformed theologian committed to theology for the church, she has recently been appointed to the new PC(USA) committee to consider a new confession for the Book of Confessions.  

Education:

  • PhD, Emory University
  • MDiv, Union Theological Seminary
  • AB, Harvard College

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Dr. Nicole Symmonds

Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics

Phone:

404-687-4537

Office:

CH315 / Box 10F

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Dr. Symmonds is the Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics. Her work sits at the intersection of Christian ethics and women, gender, and sexuality studies. She explores Black women’s embodiment, particularly the practices of liberative embodiment they craft as a method of resistance to domination and as a simulation of freedom. Dr. Symmonds’ research qualitatively engages issues around faith-based sex trafficking interventions and commercial sex work, Caribbean cultural practices such as Carnival masquerading and embodied celebration, and she theorizes how trends in popular culture around performances of race, sex, and sexuality reveal and/or conceal opportunity for ethical reflection. Her other interests include Catholic moral theology from a womanist standpoint, cultural criticism, literature as a moral genre, and the intersections of horror and religion. Dr. Symmonds identifies as Black Catholic, a religious tradition that follows the rite of the Roman Catholic Church but is driven by the spirit of Blackness in all its forms according to Black people’s diasporic origins and heritage. She is a parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes, the Mother Church of African-American Catholics in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Education:

PhD, Emory University
MDiv, Emory University, Candler School of Theology
BS, Florida A&M University

Denomination: Catholic

Dr. William Yoo

Associate Professor of American Religious and Cultural History; Director of MDiv Program

Phone:

404-687-4589

Office:

CH305 / Box 2F

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Dr. Yoo has previously written about the transnational histories of American Protestant world missions in Korea and Korean American immigrant religious communities as well as the histories of Presbyterianism and Protestant theological education in the United States. His latest book covers the history and legacy of slavery and anti-Black racism in American Presbyterianism. His current research interests include tracing the histories of racial injustice, settler colonialism, and slavery in the United States and examining Indigenous, Black, and Asian American theologies of freedom and resistance.

He is also a minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who desires to write, teach, and preach honest narratives of the past integrating Reformed understandings of confession and illumination. His conviction is that deeper engagement with history will aid us in more faithful and effective participation in our present ministries exhibiting God’s love, justice, grace, and righteousness. When studying the development of Christianity in the antebellum United States, he is motivated to find both beautiful moments of awe-inspiring faith and ugly episodes where it is difficult to discern the divine presence. He began teaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in 2014. He and his spouse, Sarah, a middle school educator in Atlanta Public Schools, reside in Decatur, Georgia with their two teenage children and two cats.

Education:

  • PhD, Emory University
  • ThM, Emory University
  • MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary
  • BSE, University of Pennsylvania

Denomination:  Presbyterian Church (USA)

Practical Theology

Dr. Victor Aloyo

President

Phone:

404-687-4514

Office:

CH110 / Box 13F

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The Rev. Dr. Victor Aloyo, born in Brooklyn, N.Y., is the son of the late Esperanza Aloyo and Victorino Aloyo from Vieques, Puerto Rico. He has been married to Suzette Aloyo for over thirty-six years and is blessed with two daughters, Kayla Cristen, an aerospace engineer working in Huntsville, AL, and Alyssa Nicole, serving as a DEI administrator in Nashville, TN.  Victor currently serves as the eleventh President of Columbia Theological Seminary. Previously he served as the Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement at Princeton Theological Seminary and as Organizing/Lead Pastor of Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras in North Plainfield, NJ. Victor received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Sociology from the College of New Rochelle, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate in Executive Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, focusing his dissertation on navigating diversity and inclusion within a framework of social justice.

As the Chief Diversity Administrator at Princeton, Dr. Aloyo was directly responsible to the seminary president on diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Victor served as the institution’s Primary Designated School Officer with the United States Customs and Immigration Service, the Title IX and Title VI Coordinator, and the Director of the Office of Multicultural Relations. Victor led the institution in developing a Diversity Action Blueprint detailing specific goals, objectives, and assessment criteria for all DEI and Belonging Initiatives. Victor served as Interim Director of Alumni Relations within the Advancement department, a member of the Committee on Accreditation for three cycles, Task Force on the Historical Audit on Slavery, and Long-Range Strategic Cohort. Victor also directed the Seminary’s Urban Ministry and community engagement efforts by cultivating sustainable partnerships with community organizations, educational institutions, worship centers, and community residents in the City of Trenton and Greater Mercer County.

Dr. Aloyo’s leadership responsibilities included service as Director of Urban Ministry at the New York City Mission Society, Senior and Organizing Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of The Redeemer of East Brooklyn for ten years, moderator of the Presbytery of New York City, and chair of the General Council of the New York City Presbytery. Victor also served as a member of the board of trustees of the New York Theological Seminary, the Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center in Holmes, N.Y., and the New York City Presbytery, while spearheading the organization of La Promesa Presbyterian Church in Flushing, Queens (currently Iglesia Cristiana La Promesa). Dr. Aloyo, with a cohort of elders, deacons, and young adults from churches in New York, New Jersey, Long Island, and Pennsylvania, for over thirty years, directed a youth & young adults ministry predominantly from inner-city contexts at the Presbyterian Center in Holmes, N.Y. Victor is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Presbyterian Foundation, the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, and the Covenant Architects Network. For eighteen years in Plainfield, NJ, Victor served as a field education supervisor/mentor for over sixty-three seminarians creating a unique teaching church ministry model.

Dr. Aloyo mentions that he “is blessed and humbled” in leading, with the support of the Board of Trustees, Faculty, Students, and Administrative Staff, a world-class institution serving the Southeast, the nation, and the globe. At Columbia Seminary, Dr. Aloyo posits that in collaboration, “we will continue to bring to life the Seminary’s critical mission of inspiring and challenging every student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God. We will strive to embrace every story through our curriculum, policies, campus life, and virtual platforms because we belong to each other on this journey to become world changers, discoverers, explorers, curators, and stewards of God’s abundance and grace.”

Dr. Kelly D. Campbell

Associate Dean, Information Services; Senior Director, John Bulow Campbell Library

Phone:

404-687-4547

Office:

JBCL210 / Box 7F

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Dr. Kelly Campbell is passionate about equipping people for learning and life, strategizing to develop best practices, and providing high-quality service. Kelly serves as the Associate Dean of Information Services/Senior Director of the John Bulow Campbell Library at Columbia Theological Seminary. She brings a unique breadth of experience to this role, having served in various educational and library settings, including elementary, public, and private schools and large and small public libraries. She has demonstrated success in strategic planning, organizational development, and change management. Before obtaining her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, Kelly also holds a Master in Library Science and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies.

An experienced and seasoned library leader, Dr. Campbell is involved globally with theological librarians, serves on the Editorial Board of the Books@Atla Open Press, and is a community member of the American Board for Funeral Service Education Committee on Accreditation. Additionally, she is active in the Association of Theological Schools initiatives, working on global awareness and intercultural sensitivity. Her denomination is Southern Baptist, and Kelly enjoys quilting, cooking, and reading when not traveling and teaching.

Education:

  • EdD, Pepperdine University
  • MATS, Golden Gate Seminary
  • MLS, Texas Women’s University
  • BS, Wichita State University

Denomination:  Southern Baptist

Dr. Kathy L. Dawson

Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education and Project Director for the Wonder of Worship Grant

Phone:

404-687-4579

Office:

RC201 / Box 3F

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Dr. Dawson is interested in the fields of life course development, teaching and learning methods, the spiritual lives of children, and intergenerational learning and worship. Her current research is focused on how we can best nurture children in their worship and prayer lives. She was named Educator of the Year by the Association of Partners in Christian Education in 2015.

Education:

  • PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Columbia Theological Seminary
  • MA, Presbyterian School of Christian Education
  • BA, California State University

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Dr. Anna Carter Florence

Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching

Phone:

404-687-4541

Office:

CH314 / Box 20F

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Anna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds degrees from Yale University (BA) and Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv and PhD). Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1998, Anna served as an associate pastor for youth and young adults at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis.

Anna’s books include Preaching as Testimony, Inscribing the Word, and Rehearsing Scripture: Discovering God’s Word in Community, based on her 2012 Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School. Her newest book is A is for Alabaster: 52 Reflections on the Stories of Scripture. She has also published articles and chapters in numerous books and journals, including a year’s worth of lectionary text commentaries for www.WorkingPreacher.org.

Anna’s research focuses on testimony, preaching pedagogies, and creative strategies for communities to engage and encounter the biblical text for our present context. She is a frequent preacher and teacher in the U.S. and abroad, which gives her plenty of opportunity to do what makes her happiest: sitting around a table with a group of people, a big passage of Scripture, and a big block of time to dive into it. She and her husband, the Rev. David Carter Florence, have two grown sons, Caleb and Jonah. They also have two dogs, two cats, and way too much knitting yarn.

Education:

  • PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, Yale University

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Dr. Israel Galindo

Associate Dean, Lifelong Learning

Phone:

404-687-4558

Office:

HC210 / Box 42F

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Israel Galindo, Ed.D. serves as Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning at the Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur GA where he directs the Pastoral Excellence Programs of the Center for Lifelong Learning. He is the author of numerous books, including The Hidden Lives of Congregations (Rowman & Littlefield) selected as one of the “ten best books of 2005” by the Academy of Parish Clergy, and Perspectives on Congregational Leadership: Applying systems thinking for effective leadership (Didache Press). His latest books include Mastering the Art of Instruction (Didache Press), Stories of the Desert Fathers (Didache Press), Leadership In Ministry: Bowen Theory in the Congregational Context (Didache Press), and Reframing Ministry Leadership: New Insights From a Systems Theory Perspective (Didache Press). He is a frequent seminar and workshop presenter, and writes for several blogs, including the blog for theological school deans of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion and Theology. Galindo is an ordained minister with the American Baptist Churches USA.

Education:

  • EdD, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • MRE, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • BA, Northeastern Bible College

Denomination:  American Baptist

Dr. Christine J. Hong

Associate Professor of Educational Ministry; Lead Professor DEdMin Program

Phone:

404-687-4659

Office:

RC203 / Box 39F

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The Rev. Dr. Christine J. Hong (she/her) is the Associate Professor of Educational Ministries at Columbia Theological Seminary. She is a PC(USA) minister and holds degrees from Claremont School of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Washington.

Dr. Hong is an interreligious and religious educator passionate about storytelling as a decolonial pedagogy for spiritual communities. In her teaching, she guides students and spiritual communities through decolonizing their religious and spiritual traditions. With years of experience in the field of practical theology, interreligious and religious education, Dr. Hong has worked on numerous research projects and has published articles and books on the Korean American experience, pedagogy, and decoloniality. She is a frequent workshop leader and conference speaker on decolonial pedagogy, spirituality, and JEDI (Justice Education, Diversity, and Inclusion) in educational and spiritual spaces. Her current research projects include story circles with Asian and Asian American women to combat rising Anti-Asian hate, re-indiginizing Korean spiritualities in diaspora, and recovering and reclaiming stories from the Korean War and Ceasefire as intergenerational spiritual practice for Korean North Americans.

You can read Dr. Hong’s research in her books, Decolonial Futures: Intercultural and Interreligious Intelligence for Theological Education (Lexington), and Identity, Youth, and Gender in the Korean American Church (Palgrave). A third book is forthcoming with Dr. Anne Walker called, Candidly Speaking: Refusing a White Supremacist World Through Dialogue and Story.

Dr. Hong is also the lead professor for the DEdMin Program at Columbia Theological Semiary. She currently serves as the JEDI Officer for the Religious Education Association, a board member of FTESEA (The Fund for Theological Education in Southeast Asia), a board member of PANAAWTM (Pacific Asian North American Women in Theology and Ministry), and a doctoral mentor for the Louisville Institute and FTE.

Education:

  • PhD, Claremont School of Theology
  • ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, The University of Washington

Denomination:  Presbyterian Church (USA)

 

Dr. Melinda McGarrah Sharp

Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care; Lead Professor MAPT Program

Phone:

404-687-4542

Office:

CH312 / Box 34F

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Dr. McGarrah Sharp is interested in theologies and practices of pastoral care that take into account diversities, multiplicities, and our shared colonial histories.  To this end, she teaches and studies decolonial or postcolonial pastoral theology, grief and loss, and recognizing and responding with care and creativity in the face of complicities in harm.  She works with research partners and students to imagine healing possibilities of truth-telling and repair.  She has also researched and written about teaching practical theology, including in the unique contexts of travel/immersion courses and online courses.  Dr. McGarrah Sharp currently serves as the lead professor of the Master of Arts in Practical Theology program at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Education:

  • PhD, Vanderbilt University
  • MA,  Vanderbilt University
  • MAR, Yale University Divinity School
  • BA, University of Virginia

Denomination:  United Methodist

Dr. Tony McNeill

Affiliate Professor of Worship & Seminary Musician

Phone:

404-687-4649

Office:

CH303 / Box 44F

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Dr. Tony McNeill, affectionately known as “Dr. T.,” is a sought-after workshop clinician, lecturer, consultant, mentor, and choral conductor. “Dr. T” serves as an Affiliate Professor of Worship and Seminary Musician (2023-2024) at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. He served as Director of Choral Activities and Chairman of the Department of Performing Arts at Clinton College in Rock Hill, SC, from 2019-2022. Dr. McNeill also served four and a half years as the Director of Worship and the Arts at Atlanta’s Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, “America’s Freedom Church.”  In February 2022, Dr. McNeill was Artist-in-Residence for Covenant Presbyterian Church (Charlotte, NC). He later served as Interim Minister of Worship at Myers Park Presbyterian Church (Charlotte, NC). During the first quarter of 2023, he was Interim Minister of Music at Myers Park Baptist Church (Charlotte, NC)

In addition to his work in church worship ministry, he spends significant time in the academy. During the 2022-2023 year, he was an adjunct professor of music and worship at Campbell University (Buies Creek, NC), Clinton College, The Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta, GA), and Union Presbyterian Seminary (Charlotte, NC). Dr. McNeill has lectured for Duke Divinity School, Hampton University Ministers Conference, The Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, American Choral Directors Association, Shaw University Ministers Conference, and The Association of Partners in Christian Education (PCUSA). Dr. T. led music for the 2022 Montreat Youth Conference (Omega, Weeks 5 and 6) and was a service musician and workshop leader for the 2023 Worship and Music Conference sponsored by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. He has curated and led worship for the American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ Space for Grace Conference, the Forum for Theological Exploration, The Black Theology and Leadership Institute at Princeton Theological Seminary, Faith Coordinating Center at Wake Forest School of Divinity, The Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, The National Children’s Defense Fund, and The Montreat Conference Center. He is a former member and assistant director of the renowned recording group Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers.

Dr. Tony earned a bachelor of music education degree from Appalachian State University, with an emphasis in piano and choral music; a master’s degree in choral conducting from Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL); and a doctorate of worship studies from The Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies (Jacksonville, FL). His dissertation is entitled, “From Funeral to Feast: Renewing The Celebration of Holy Communion Through Congregational Singing in African American Baptist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina.” His article “Lift Every Voice and Sing: Forming Congregations for Justice” is featured in the Augusts 2021 edition of CALL TO WORSHIP: LITURGY, MUSIC, PREACHING, AND THE ARTS, a journal published by the Presbyterian Church USA. He published “Hiding in Plain Sight: A Reflection on Leading Worship” for INSIGHTS: THE FACULTY JOURNAL OF AUSTIN PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY (Austin, TX). He also contributed to “Going to Wait: African American Church Worship Resources—Pentecost through Advent” and “Waiting to Go: African American Church Worship Resources—Advent through Pentecost,” by James Abbington and Linda Hollies (Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 2002 and 2003). In 2016, Dr. McNeill was also profiled in the acclaimed BET.com documentary, “Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church,” curated by Clay Cane.

He is a member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. He is the Founder/Curator of THE CALL 2 WORSHIP GROUP, an online community of musicians and clergy.

Dr. Jacob D. Myers

Wade P. Huie, Jr. Associate Professor of Homiletics

Phone:

404-687-4634

Office:

CH316 / Box 51F

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Jake Myers serves as the Wade P. Huie, Jr. Associate Professor of Homiletics at Columbia Theological Seminary. He’s an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA).

Jake has written numerous books and essays, the latest of which is entitled “Stand-up Preaching: Homiletical Insights from Contemporary Comedians” (Cascade, 2022). He has a forthcoming book in press with Lexington Book’s Religion and Pop Culture series connecting theology and ethics with stand-up comedy, which he is co-authoring with Dr. Nicole Graham, a religious studies professor at King’s College London. He provides online homiletical resources and sermon coaching at www.preachingdr.com.

Education:

  • PhD, Emory University
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, Gardner Webb University

Dr. Sue Kim Park

Associate Dean, Contextual Education and International Partnerships

Phone:

404-687-4518

Office:

BLC101

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Dr. Sue Kim Park is interested in theologies and practices of interreligious and contextual education that center lived experience and identity formation. She teaches contextual education courses that ask questions about identity, expressions and embodiment of faith, wholeness of human spirituality, and complexities of the human web. In her role as the Associate Dean of CEIP, she is always researching pedagogies of experiential and immersion courses that seek to transform one’s understanding of the self and the other.

Dr. Rebecca F. Spurrier

Associate Dean for Worship Life; Assistant Professor of Worship

Phone:

404-687-4608

Office:

CH300 / Box 50F

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Dr. Rebecca F. Spurrier is Associate Dean for Worship Life and Assistant Professor of Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary. She integrates a focus on disability studies and liturgical theology in the classroom with the formation of worship leaders through weekly chapel services. She is interested in a theology and practice of public worship that reflects the beauty and tension human difference brings to Christian liturgy.

Engaging ethnographic theology, disability studies, and liturgical aesthetics, her research explores the hope of human interdependence and the importance of liturgical access for religious practice and Christian community. She is the author of The Disabled Church: Human Difference and the Art of Communal Worship (Fordham University Press, 2019) and other chapters and articles on worship, disability theology, and ethnographic theology, such as “Disability, Human Difference, and the Sacramentality of Access,” in T&T Clark Companion to the Sacraments and Sacramentality and “Disabling Eschatology: Time for the Table of Our Common Pleasure,” in the journal Liturgy.

A Mennonite with commitments to ecumenical worship, her current research involves a collaborative team of researchers and writers, who are developing a liturgical resource constructively informed by the wisdom of disability experience that responds to ableism in Christian worship.

She serves as co-chair of the Ecclesial Practices Unit of the American Academy of Religion, as a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, and as a board member of the Friendship Center at Holy Comforter Church.

Education:

  • PhD, Emory University
  • MDiv, Emory University, Candler School of Theology
  • BA, Calvin College

Denomination:  Mennonite

Dr. Jeffery L. Tribble, Sr.

Associate Professor of Ministry; Lead Professor DMin Program

Phone:

404-687-4586

Office:

CH107 / Box 25F

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Jeffery L. Tribble, Sr. has been a member of the teaching faculty of Columbia since 2007. He currently serves as the Lead Professor of the Doctor of Ministry Program and is tenured as Associate Professor of Ministry. He is a practical theologian and qualitative researcher and teaches a variety courses in the practice of ministry, theories and practices of leadership, church administration, qualitative research methodology and theological research, and supervised ministry for Doctor of Ministry Students. His institutional leadership has included service as Associate Dean for Advanced Professional Studies,  Chair of the Institutional Review Board, Chair of the Advanced Degrees Committee, Chair of the Practical Theology Area, Becoming Implementation Task Force, Pathway to Tomorrow Vision Steering Committee, and Strategic Blueprinting Task Force. Dr. Tribble’s academic credentials are Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Doctor of Philosophy in Practical Theology and Congregational Studies from the Joint Program of Northwestern University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University. An ordained Elder of The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, he is a practitioner scholar with over thirty years of ministry leadership as a pastor and presiding elder with service and teaching on all levels of the A.M.E. Zion Connectional Church. A researcher and consultant of congregational ministries as well as an active member of a local church, he is keenly interested in the quality of pastoral leadership, the vitality of congregational ministry, and the varied roles of congregations in their communities.

Education:

  • PhD, Northwestern University
  • MDiv, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • BS, Howard University

Denomination: Africian Methodist Episcopal Zion

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Counseling

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Office:

CH311 / Box 49F

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Chanequa Walker-Barnes is a womanist pastoral theologian, clinical psychologist, and ecumenical minister who serves as Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care. At the core of Dr. Walker-Barnes’s work is a deep commitment to dismantling oppression and promoting justice and healing in the Christian church and the broader US society. She teaches course on pastoral care for couples and families, womanist pastoral care, mindfulness and self-care, and racial justice/reconciliation. She is the author of three books – Sacred Self Care: Daily Practices for Nurturing Our Whole Selves, I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation, and Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength, as well as two dozen book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles in theology, clinical psychology, and child development. Her faith has been shaped by Methodist, Baptist, Buddhist, and evangelical social justice communities. She was ordained by an independent fellowship that holds incarnational theology, community engagement, social justice, and prophetic witness as its core values.

Education

  • D., University of Miami
  • S., University of Miami
  • Div., Duke University
  • A., Emory University

Denomination: Post-Denominational

Areas of Expertise: Mental health, self-care, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, racism & racial justice/reconciliation, faith-based activism, womanist theology, African American women

Dr. Ralph C. Watkins

The Peachtree Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth

Phone:

404-687-4536

Office:

BLC311 / Box 32F

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Ralph Basui Watkins is known as “the scholar with a camera!” He does work at the intersections of spirituality, photography, documentary film and social justice. He is the author of six books, and over thirty chapters and articles. He is a sought-after speaker, workshop leader and panelist. His television show Talk it Out with Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins was one of the top-rated shows on the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting network for over four years (2012-2016). He is also the producer / director of four full length made for television feature documentaries: She Is The Pastor (2012), Our Journey to Palestine: A Story of the 43rd Delegation of Interfaith Peace Builders (2013), Africana Theology and the Roots of Our Faith: A Journey Through Egypt (2018) and Seeing the Future of the African American Church in the Rainbow (2023). In recent years, Watkins has been the artist in residence at the Velvet Note, a nationally recognized jazz club. He has been awarded a Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant, Collegeville Institute Sabbatical Residency Grant, Governor’s Teaching Fellowship, Lilly Teaching Fellowship, Fulbright Hayes Fellowship for study in Ghana, a Wabash Teaching Fellowship, and various awards and grants to study in Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Ghana. You can see his work at https://futureofblackchurch.org/ 

Education:

  • PhD, The University of Pittsburgh
  • DMin, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • MA, The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
  • BA, California State University, Sacramento

Denomination:  African Methodist Episcopal