Our faculty shine for being spiritually, intellectually, theologically and experientially diverse—while united in a deep commitment to innovative scholarship, social progress, and the pursuit of wisdom.
Innovative and provocative, they challenge you and each other. Alums say working with faculty mentors was among the most valuable experiences of their Drew education.
Drew Theological School changed my life. After my first semester, I was about to transfer schools because I didn’t think I would be successful but after talking with Dr. Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre and Dr. Arthur Pressley, I decided to stay. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. The faculty helped me become a courageous ministerial leader. They allowed me to be my authentic self and helped me develop in areas that needed growth. I will forever be grateful for all of my professors and classmates. I thank God for my time in Seminary Hall.
Dean of the Theological School
Professor of Religion and Culture
ThD (honoris causa), Catholic Theological Union
PhD, MA, Temple University
MATS, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
BA, Gordon College
Seminary Hall Room 102
Meredith E. Hoxie Schol
Assistant Teaching Professor in Religious Education & Leadership
Director of Doctoral Studies
PhD, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
MDiv, Boston University
BA, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Seminary Hall 21
Assistant Professor of the History of Christianities
ThD, Georg August Universität
MTh, Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute
BD, Karnataka Theological College
BA, Mangalore University
Seminary Hall 108
Assistant Teaching Professor of Constructive Theology
Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD, Drew University
STM, Boston University School of Theology
MDiv, Harvard Divinity School
MA, University of California, San Diego
BA, Wellesley College
Seminary Hall 114
Robert Paul Seesengood
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Theological School
Teaching Professor of Bible and Cultures
PhD, Drew University
ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary
MDiv, Harding School of Theology
BA, Arkansas State University
Seminary Hall 102
S. Wesley Ariarajah
Professor Emeritus of Ecumenical Theology
Maxine Clarke Beach
Dean Emerita of Drew Theological School
Robert S. Corrington
Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology
MPhil, PhD, Drew University
BA, Temple University
Heather Murray Elkins
Professor Emerita of Worship, Preaching, and the Arts
PhD, Drew University
MDiv, Duke University
MA, University of Arizona
BA, Prescott College
Danna Nolan Fewell
John Fletcher Hurst Professor Emerita of Hebrew Bible
MTS, PhD, Emory University
BA, Louisiana College
Ashley Boggan D. - Affiliate Faculty in Methodist Studies
Dr. Ashley Boggan D. is the General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History. In this role, she ensures that the UMC understands its past in order to envision a more equitable future for all Methodists. Boggan earned her PhD from Drew Theological School’s Graduate Division of Religion, specializing in both Methodist/Wesleyan Studies and Women’s/Gender Studies. She earned an M.A. from the University of Chicago’s Divinity School, specializing in American Religious History. She has previously worked as staff at the General Commission on Archives and History (2012-2014) and the Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church (2014-2016). She was the Director of United Methodist Studies and Assistant Professor Christian History at Hood Theological Seminary (Salisbury, NC), an AME Zion Seminary, from 2017-2019 and was the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies and Assistant Professor of Religion at High Point University (High Point, NC) from 2019-2020. Dreff is a lay member of the Arkansas Annual Conference and the daughter of two ordained United Methodist ministers. Her Methodist lineage dates beyond this, back to the early 19th century when her great-great-great grandfathers were Methodist circuit-riders. She is the author of Nevertheless: American Methodists and Women’s Rights (2020) and Entangled: A History of American Methodism, Politics, and Sexuality (2018).
Charlotte Mallory - Affiliate Faculty in Restorative Justice and Prison Ministries
Reverend Charlotte Mallory is a native of Newark and East Orange, New Jersey. She is an ordained minister and retired Chaplain Supervisor at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, NJ. Reverend Mallory holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary as well as a Master of Public Administration degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. She is a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain through the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP). She also serves as Associate Minister at the Fountain Baptist Church in Summit, New Jersey, where the Reverend Doctor J. Michael Sanders is Pastor. Prior to her work for the NJ Department of Corrections, Reverend Mallory served as staff chaplain to the Bristol Myers-Squibb Children’s Hospital and Maternity and Women’s Services at the adjacent Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
“Telling our stories; Breaking the mold; Taking Risks; Paving the Way” is the theme of a new book in which Reverend Mallory is featured, along with several other women in specialized ministries. Edited by Princeton Theological Seminary Professors Abigail Evans and Katherine Doob Sakenfeld, the book is entitled Faith of Our Mothers, Living Still and was published in 2017. Reverend Mallory is a preacher of deep conviction to the good news of the Gospel and enjoys preaching and teaching. She has served on missions to Johannesburg, South Africa and Kibwezi, Kenya. She has also participated in the special missions of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention. Most recently, Reverend Mallory serves as Adjunct Professor at Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey.
Reverend Mallory remains committed to serving incarcerated women as well as women who are transitioning back into community and serves as an active member of the Criminal Justice Ministry at Fountain at Fountain Baptist Church.
Liana Piehler - Affiliate Faculty in Writing
Liana Piehler (PhD, Drew University) has often taught courses that have blended literature and the visual arts. Recent courses have included focus on Watercolor as a creative medium in the Humanities (The Watercolorist’s Craft–a recurring topic-based course); the Victorian landscape as seen by novelists, poets and artists; Victorian women artists and their twentieth-century descendants; Provincetown’s arts colony (1900-1950) as a reflection of American culture; and poets as observers of the natural world (from Emily Dickinson in the nineteenth century to Mary Oliver in the twentieth); as well as participation in ARLT 801–the interdisciplinary introduction to the program. Piehler regularly teaches the Joy of Scholarly Writing to students in the Arts and Letters and Medical Humanities programs, guiding and mentoring them on the dissertation journey. In addition to scholarly and creative writing, Liana Piehler is a visual artist specializing in watercolor, printmaking, collage, book arts, and other 2-and 3-D mediums. Along with her work in the A&L program, she serves as a faculty writing consultant at the CAE for graduate students, and serves as a writing instructor in Drew’s Theological School (Theological Research and Writing). She also offers an online colloquy for GDR students in the dissertation stage.
Sidney Williams - Affiliate Faculty in Faith and Finance
Rev. Dr. Sidney S. Williams, Jr. is a passionate, insightful, and connected leader who advises organizations with actionable frameworks that monetize their mission and leverage their core competencies. He advised c-suite level executives of Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries while employed on Wall Street. Dr. Williams currently serves as an independent director for a publicly traded bank (NASDAQ: VLY) as well as advises non-profit organizations, privately held middle-market companies and start-up ventures primarily in the technology sector. His board expertise includes corporate social responsibility (ESG), audit, and investments. He is a highly sought after speaker for a diverse array of audiences.
Dr. Williams proactively engages and celebrates the strengths of others. In Morris County, New Jersey, he organized a multi-cultural team of grassroots leaders and local elected officials to address issues of homelessness, food insecurity, maternal health, recovery and education. This was a proactive effort to amplify the voices of the marginalized and now involves more than 2,000 volunteers and several interns from area colleges and universities. Dr. Williams is also working to equip faith leaders of smaller congregations and HBCUs across the United States to replicate his framework (F.I.S.H.) for social impact in their communities.
Dr. Williams’ scholarship is focused primarily on an interdisciplinary approach to storytelling, bridging social capital, and place-based investing. When confronted with the unexpected, he imagines new possibilities and inspires teams to pursue the difference that makes the most difference. He has published dozens of articles and two books—Morning Meditations: 100 Days to Believing You’re Successful and Fishing Differently: Ministry Formation in the Marketplace. Dr. Williams has equipped pastors and church planters on three continents as well as pastored two churches in Cape Town, South Africa. He is currently pastoring a congregation in Morristown, New Jersey, and is teaching a DMin course at Drew—Religion, Faith and Finance for Social Impact.
Angela Yarber - Affiliate Faculty in Women's Religious Leadership
Bio to come.
The Bible and Cultural Studies: Critical Readings
Robert Seesengood – This volume presents key contributions to scholarship in biblical studies that engages or is influenced by cultural studies. Robert Seesengood selects foundational pieces that are ordinarily hard to locate and presents them in line with more recent studies, situating and tracing the revolution in biblical studies that led to the wealth of work in reception history and the study of cultural engagements with the bible. As a result, this selection provides a grounding in key theoretical perspectives, and history of scholarship as well as an orientation to the discipline as it is now
Let My People Live: An Africana Reading of Exodus
Kenneth N. Ngwa – Kenneth Ngwa’s Let My People Live is a refreshing academic exercise in reading for liberation. It not only takes African, postcolonial, and liberation biblical hermeneutics to a whole new level of execution, it also effortlessly occupies a whole new place in the biblical scholarship, generating new ways of writing, reading, analyzing, seeing, and interpretating. Ngwa thus invites us to a new exodus—a journey to a whole battalion of new ways of reading the narrative of Exodus, a story that has vexed the oppressed, displaced, dispossessed, and liberation questors in claiming the God who sees, knows, hears, and acts of the behalf of the oppressed, while at the same time authorizing the erasure of native people. The God we love to hate. Ngwa’s Let My People Live encourages readers to take up the gershomite-ogbanji postcolonial identity and hermeneutics, in quest of ‘the quality of life forged across time and space outside constructions of erasure, marginalization, and singularity.
Facing Apocalypse: Climate, Democracy, and Other Last Chances
Catherine Keller – Using deep-interpretation and dreamreading Catherine Keller succeeds in confronting the terminal forces of destruction of our present time with the message of the mysterious and terrifying Book of Revelation. A brilliant work taking the apocalypse in the double sense of the word as revelation and end-time seriously, full of surprising discoveries.
Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality: Africana Lessons on Racism, Religion, and Ending Gender Violence
Traci C. West – “This book is a gift. Traci C. West synthesizes scholarship, spirituality and searing analyses to challenge the ways we perceive, practice, and oppose violence. West built an international platform between book covers to transform religious, social, and political-economic institutions that structure predatory power. This book helps us to clean old wounds as it offers healing through strategic perspectives to diminish and eradicate gender violence.”
—Joy James, <em>Seeking the Beloved Community
Reflections on Hans W. Frei on Hermeneutics, Christology, and Theological
Daniel D. Shin – “Daniel Shin’s well-written study is a worthy addition to the literature on Hans Frei. The entirety of the book is helpful in understanding the movement of Frei’s thought over his career. Especially interesting is the way Shin integrates his nuanced analysis of Frei’s late-career engagement with Schleiermacher and with nineteenth-century historical criticism into his argument for the public nature of Frei’s theological program. This enjoyable book represents a significant advance in the conversation over Frei’s theological legacy—highly recommended!”
—John Allan Knight, <em>Liberalism Versus Postliberalism: The Great Divide in Twentieth Century Theology
Stories that Make History: The Experience and Memories of the Japanese Military "Comfort Girls-Women
Angella M. Pak Son – “What would it be like if your existence was erased for half a century? This is the reality for the Korean comfort girls-women whose lives had been erased since the time of the expansion of comfort stations by the Japanese military in 1937. This book is an effort to bring these women back to life and to make their voices, experiences and memories available to future generations. The experiences of Korean comfort girls-women are a paradigmatic example of how military sexual violence can obliterate the dignity of women and shame them into nonexistence…”
In Kierkegaard's Garden with the Poppy Blooms: Why Derrida Doesn't Read Kierkegaard When He Reads Kierkegaard
Chris Boesel – “Deconstruction is justice. Or maybe not. In a provocative and yet witty book, Chris Boesel invites us to consider the problems with a deconstruction that doesn’t turn its critical lens upon its own progressivism. Offering Kierkegaardian Christianity as a constructive alternative, Boesel argues that we need an actual God defined by embodied relational love if we are to go beyond mere structural logics of alterity and begin to care for the widows, the orphans, and the strangers in our midst. No one is safe from this book. But we are all better because of it.”
—J. Aaron Simmons, God and the Other: Ethics and Politics After the Theological Turn
Wisdom Commentary: Judith
Robert Paul Seesengood – “Koosed and Seesengood offer the best of what feminist criticism has to offer in this eminently readable commentary on the book of Judith. Masculinity studies, gender theory, and queer theory are all skillfully deployed to illuminate the shifting performances of gender at the center of this book. The result is a nuanced, provocative, and fascinating analysis of the book of Judith. Readers will especially benefit from the authors’ suspicion of easy resolutions for this complex narrative featuring a wealthy, pious, seductive, and slave-owning heroine.”
—Colleen M. Conway, Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story.