Visiting Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care
New York, NY 10027
B.A., Carson-Newman College
M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.A., Vanderbilt University
Ph.D. in Religion, Vanderbilt University
Anatomy of a Schism: How Clergywomen’s Narratives Reinterpret the Fracturing of the Southern Baptist Convention (Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Press, 2016).
Co-author with Christian Scharen, The Learning Pastoral Imagination Project: A Five-Year Report on How New Ministers Learn in Practice (New York: Auburn Studies, No. 21, Winter 2016).
Books in Progress
Women in Ministry in America (in process) Based in ethnographic research of women leading religious groups, this book addresses the changing landscape of religion in North America through narratives of clergywomen and LBGTIQ ministers.
Baptists and Intersectionality (in process), edited volume of essays that redefine Baptist identity and experience from a critical perspective of intersectionality.
Mentoring for Ministry (in process) Growing out of the 2018-19 weekly video series Three Minute Ministry Mentor, this book is written for ministers in conversation with peers or senior mentors.
“Reflexivity: A Relational and Prophetic Practice” chapter in What Really Matters: A Nordic Perspective on Ecclesiology and Ethnography, edited by Jonas Idelström and Tone Stangeland Kaufman. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2018. “Dilemmas of Representation” chapter in What Really Matters: A Nordic Perspective on Ecclesiology and Ethnography, edited by Jonas Idelström and Tone Stangeland Kaufman. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2018.
“Malawi” chapter in Women’s Lives Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia, Volume 1 Africa and the Middle East, Gen. Editor, Susan M. Shaw. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2018.
“The Power and Danger of a Single Case Study in Practical Theological Research” chapter in Conundrums in Practical Theology, edited by Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore and Joyce Ann Mercer (Theology in Practice Series). New York: Brill, 2016.
“Molly Truman Marshall: Living Icon for Beholding the Spirit’s Renewal of the Church” chapter in a Festschrift honoring Molly T. Marshall, edited by Mark Medley. Waco, TX: Perspectives in Religious Studies, 2014.
“Baptist Clergywomen’s Narratives: Reinterpreting the Southern Baptist Convention Schism” chapter in Pastoral Bearings: Lived Religion and Pastoral Theology, edited by Leonard Hummel, Mary Clark Moschella, and Jane Maynard. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.
Co-author with Pamela R. Durso, “The State of Women in Baptist Life, 2006” Chapter in No Longer Ignored: A Collection of Articles on Baptist Women, edited by Charles W. Deweese and Pamela R. Durso, 267-98. Atlanta, GA: The Baptist History and Heritage Society, 2007.
SPRING 2021, FALL 2021
Students receive practical and theoretical grounding in the fundamentals of responding to common pastoral situations (such as illness, grief, couples and families, crisis, addictions and violence, and self-care), with attention to the impact of social context (race, gender, class). Students develop a theological framework for conceptualizing health and wholeness with reference to their own theological and cultural traditions, and a method of pastoral theological/spiritual reflection.
An in-depth exploration of the physical, emotional, sociocultural, and spiritual dimensions of death and dying, and the process of bereavement, through the lenses of pastoral theology, thanatology, and psychology. Students explore the skill and art of ministering to the dying and the bereaved, and develop their own theological framework for understanding and facing terminal illness, life-threatening violence, and death. Topics include pastoral and spiritual care for diverging beliefs about evil, suffering, and life after death, and funerals as pastoral and spiritual care.
This course explores the literature of embodied and psychological trauma as well as best practices for providing pastoral and spiritual care for people who have experienced trauma. We use cultural narratives (novels, movies, television, and other dramas) that explore the lived experience of trauma, recovery and processes of healing. Students consider the psychological, spiritual and theological dimensions of trauma as well as questions raised by the experiences of personal, social and trans-generational trauma. Students also lay groundwork for the sake of building skills to give appropriate pastoral and spiritual care, including intentional rituals, deep listening, and accompanying survivors of trauma who are working toward healing and wholeness.