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
Rev. Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed (she/hers) began her work as Visiting Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, in the fall of 2019. She is also a pedagogy consultant supporting faculty instructors in their teaching practice.
Dr. Campbell-Reed’s previous academic experience includes teaching practical theology, field education, and pastoral care to seminarians and doctoral students; teaching world religions to incarcerated college students in a Tennessee state prison; and facilitating spiritual formation with various groups including women in recovery. She also has extensive experience in ministry coaching and mentoring, program administration, and coaching academic writers. She is a co-chair of the Psychology, Culture and Religion Unit of the American Academy of Religion, member of the Society for Pastoral Theology and the Association of Practical Theology, former editor of the Journal of Pastoral Theology, and current member of the editorial board of the Theology and Practice Series at Brill.
Dr. Campbell-Reed is co-director of the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project, a longitudinal study of ministry following 50 pastors and ministers since 2009. The project is currently funded through the Louisville Institute and is housed at UTS. She is also founder and host of Three Minute Ministry Mentor, a weekly video, blog and podcast providing resources that inform and inspire the practice of ministry. Her new book Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life (Fortress, 2021) and its companion Pastoral Imagination Journal explore how ministry is cultivated across time, through embodiment and relationships, and in encounters with the holy.
- Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2021). And its companion Pastoral Imagination Journal.
- State of Clergywomen in the U.S.: A Statistical Update (2018).
- Anatomy of a Schism: How Clergywomen’s Narratives Reinterpret the Fracturing of the Southern Baptist Convention (Knoxville, TN: 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 LGBTIQ ministers.
Peer Reviewed Articles
- Co-Author with Catrina Ciccone, Marcus Hong, Susan MacAlpine-Gillis, “Excellence in Supervision: Practical Wisdom from Supervisors/Mentors,” Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry 40: 184-193 (2020).
- “‘Teaching as Community Property’: New Complications and Remedies,” Perspectives in Religious Studies 46(4): 373-38, (2019).
- “Living Testaments: How Catholic and Baptist Women in Ministry Both Judge and Renew the Church,” Ecclesial Practices 4(2): 167-198 (2017).
- “Changing Hands: The Practice of Ordaining Baptist Women” (Festschrift in honor of Carolyn DeArmond Blevins), Baptist History and Heritage 51(1): 18-26 (2016).
- Co-author with Christian Scharen, “Ethnography on Holy Ground: How Qualitative Interviewing is Practical Theological Work,” International Journal of Practical Theology 17(2):1-28 (2013).
- Co-author with Christian Scharen, “Ministry as Spiritual Practice: How Pastors Learn to See and Respond to the ‘More’ of a Situation,” Journal of Religious Leadership 12(2) (2013).
- “Baptists in Tension: The Status of Women’s Leadership and Ministry, 2012,” The Review and Expositor 110(1) (2013).
- Co-author with Christian Scharen, “The Unfolding of Pastoral Imagination: Prudence as Key to Learning Ministry,” Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry 32: 71-86 (2012).
- Co-author with Christian Scharen, “‘Holy cow! This stuff is real!’ From Imagining Ministry to Pastoral Imagination,” Teaching Theology and Religion 14(4): 323-42 (2011).
- “Mentoring for Pastoral Imagination” chapter in Empower: A Guide for Supervisor-Mentors in Theological Field Education, edited by John Senior and Matthew Floding. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020.
- “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.