Faculty

Current Faculty

JanaChilders

REV. DR. JANA CHILDERS

Dean of the Seminary, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Homiletics & Speech Communication

PhD, Graduate Theological Union

jchilders@sfts.edu | 415.451.2859

REV. DR. TERESA CHÁVEZ SAUCEDA

Director, Advanced Pastoral Studies
Associate Professor of Ministry

PhD, Graduate Theological Union

tsauceda@sfts.edu | 415.451.2865

DR. WENDY FARLEY

Professor of Christian Spirituality
Director of the Program in Christian Spirituality
Rice Family Chair in Spirituality

PhD, Vanderbilt University

wfarley@sfts.edu | 415.451.2867

Laurie Garrett-Cobbina

LAURIE GARRETT-COBBINA

Shaw Family Chair for Clinical Pastoral Education
CPE Supervisor, Asst. Professor Pastoral Care and Education

PhD, Graduate Theological Union

lgarrettcobbina@sfts.edu | 415.451.2889

Elizabeth Liebert

ELIZABETH LIEBERT

Professor of Spiritual Life

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

eliebert@sfts.edu | 415.451.2880

Greg Love

GREGORY LOVE

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary

glove@sfts.edu | 415.451.2869

James McDonald

JAMES MCDONALD

President of the Seminary, Professor of Faith and Public Life

Ph.D., American University

jmcdonald@sfts.edu | 415.451.2810

REV. YOLANDA NORTON

Assistant Professor of Old Testament

PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University

ynorton@sfts.edu | 415.451.2888

Christopher Ocker | San Francisco Theological Seminary

DR. CHRISTOPHER OCKER

Professor of Church History

PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary

cocker@sfts.edu | 415.451.2876

Eugene Park

REV. DR. EUGENE EUNG-CHUN PARK

Dana and Dave Dornsife Professor of New Testament

PhD, University of Chicago

epark@sfts.edu | 415.451.2881

Research Professors and Fellows

Jon Berquist

JON L. BERQUIST

Visiting Professor of Old Testament

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

jberquist@sfts.edu | 909.624.0712

MARCIA MCFEE

Ford Fellow – SFTS Center for Innovation in Ministry

PhD, Graduate Theological Union

mmcfee@sfts.edu | 415.451.2847

Robert Coote

ROBERT B. COOTE

Senior Research Professor of Hebrew Exegesis and Old Testament

Ph.D., Harvard University

rbcoote@sfts.edu | 415.451.2860

Publications & Research

Publications
  • The Deuteronomistic History: The Rule of David and His Descendants in Jerusalem [Indonesian] (Jakarta: BPK Gunung Mulia, 2014)
  • The Interface of Orality and Writing: Speaking, Seeing, Writing in the Shaping of New Genres (Mohr Siebeck, 2010; co-edited; with Annette Weissenrieder)
  • To Break Every Yoke: Essays in Honor of Marvin L. Chaney (Sheffield Phoenix, 2007; co-edited with introduction; with Norman K. Gottwald).
  • Amos Among the Prophets: Composition and Theology (Fortress, 1981; republished Wipf & Stock, 2005; Korean translation 2004)
  • San Francisco Theological Seminary: The Shaping of a Western School of the Church, 1871-1998 (First Presbyterian Church, 1999; with John S. Hadsell)
  • Is the Bible True? Making Sense of the Bible Today (Orbis, 1994; with David R. Ord; reprinted three times; printed in India twice; Korean translation 1995, Indonesian translation 1997)
  • Elijah and Elisha in Socioliterary Perspective (Scholars, 1992; edited with introduction).
  • In Defense of Revolution: The Elohist History (Fortress, 1991; Indonesian translation 2011).
    In the Beginning: Creation and the Priestly History (Fortress, 1991; with David R. Ord; Indonesian translation 2011).
  • Early Israel: A New Horizon (Fortress, 1990; Korean translation 2010).
  • Mustard-Seed Churches: Ministries in Small Churches (Fortress, 1990; edited with introduction).
  • Power, Politics, and the Making of the Bible: An Introduction (Fortress, 1990; with Mary P. Coote; reprinted once; excerpted in The Bible and Liberation: Political and Social Hermeneutics, ed. Norman K. Gottwald and Richard J. Horsley, rev. ed. [Orbis, 1993] 343-64; Korean translations 2000, 2001; Indonesian translation 2001; revised edition forthcoming).
  • The Bible’s First History (Fortress, 1989; with David R. Ord; Korean translation 2014).
    The Emergence of Early Israel in Historical Perspective (Almond, 1987; with Keith W. Whitelam; republished with new preface, Sheffield Phoenix, 2010).
Research:
  • Early Israel, Composition of the Hebrew Scriptures, Gospel
Lewis Rambo

LEWIS R. RAMBO

Senior Research Professor of Psychology and Religion

Ph.D., University of Chicago

lrambo@sfts.edu | 415.847.2662

Publications & Research

Publications:
  • Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion, with Charles Farhadian (eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • Understanding Religious Conversion. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993
  • The Divorcing Christian. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1983
  • Psychology of Religion: A Guide to Information Sources (with Donald Capps and Paul Ransohoff). Detroit, MI: Gale Research Company, 1976
Research:
  • Converting processes, Psychology of Religion, Religion and World Cinema, Cultural Psychology
Carol Robb

CAROL ROBB

Senior Research Professor of Christian Social Ethics

Ph.D., Boston University

crobb@sfts.edu| 415.451.2860

Judy Yates Siker

JUDY YATES SIKER

Research Professor

Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC; B.A. Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

jsiker@sfts.edu | 310.990.5031

Not only does the SFTS faculty embrace new paradigms of what it means to be “church,” they approach the teaching task with a keen awareness of the challenges and opportunities for re-fashioning seminary education. This faculty is a team that is committed to engaging their gifts of creativity, fluidity, and generosity of spirit.

Rev. Mary Lynn Tobin (1985 M.Div.),
SFTS Trustee