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Society for Pastoral Theology

A community of scholars, teachers, students, and practitioners of care committed to enriching the discipline of pastoral theology and advancing its role in equipping people for ministry in a variety of settings

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SPT

Society for Pastoral Theology

The Society for Pastoral Theology (SPT) is a community of scholars, teachers, students, and practitioners of care committed to enriching the discipline of pastoral theology and advancing its role in equipping people for ministry.Membership is open to others sharing these concerns.

Become a Member

The Society for Pastoral Theology welcomes new members seeking to engage in critical reflection on the theology, theory, and practice of care. Members include students, scholars, practitioners, and religious leaders committed to the discipline of pastoral theology.

Become a Member

The Society for Pastoral Theology welcomes new members seeking to engage in critical reflection on the theology, theory, and practice of care.
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Journal of Pastoral Theology

Journal of Pastoral Theology

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2022 Annual Meeting

2021 Annual Meeting

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Membership Portal

Membership Directory

Members are able to use the Directory to locate and identify colleagues throughout the world.

Support Us

Support the work of SPT by making a one-time or recurring donation.

Publish an Article

Learn more about how to publish your research in the Journal of Pastoral Theology.

Register for Conference

SPT’s Annual Meeting is the third weekend of June. Members receive discounted registration. Learn more today.

Society Resources

Access resources related to the teaching, theory, and practice of pastoral theology, including syllabi and bibliographies.

2022-23 Steering Committee

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Dr. Eunil David Cho

Boston University School of Theology, Information & Technology, Term Ends 2025

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Dr. Jessica Chapman Lape

United Theological Seminary of Twin Cities, Corresponding Secretary, Term Ends 2025

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Dr. Jim Higginbotham

Earlham School of Religion, Chair & Treasurer, Term Ends 2023

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Dr. Hee-Kyu Heidi Park

Ewha Womans University, Vice Chair, Term Ends 2024

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Dr. Leanna K. Fuller

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Recording Secretary, Term Ends 2025

2022 Annual Meeting

The 36th Anniversary Celebration of the Society for Pastoral Theology

June 9-12, 2022 in Montgomery, AL (Pre-Conference on June 8)

Journal of Pastoral Theology

The Journal of Pastoral Theology was established in 1990 by the Society for Pastoral Theology.

The mission of the Journal of Pastoral Theology is to:

  • Further the understanding of pastoral theology as a theological discipline and to clarify the nature of the discipline;
  • Maintain a view of pastoral theology as a constructive theology growing out of the exercise of caring relationships, with attention both to present lived experience and to knowledge derived from the past;
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