Professor Rebecca S. Jeong (PhD candidate, Boston University) joins Portland Seminary as Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology 

Erica Ramirez
"The telos of my academic journey has been to develop theological foundation for engaging in Christian ministry. I am very excited to join Portland Seminary which keeps a splendid balance between academic excellence and ecclesiological practice." - Professor Jeong

Professor Jeong has been awarded a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship (2019-2021) from the Louisville Institute as part of the Institute’s Vocation of the Theological Educator Initiative. Professor Jeong is a practical theologian whose research interests coalesce around the following themes in homiletics and liturgics: Psalms and contextual preaching, modern homiletical theories for ethnic minorities, women preaching and leadership, and multicultural worship. 

She successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, “A Psalmic-Theological Homiletic for the Korean Immigrant Congregation” this spring 2019. She is a visiting editor of homiletics and liturgics for the Journal of Asian American Theological Forum. From 2011 to 2015, she served The Journal of Homiletics ( as a managing editor.

Professor Jeong has served as a pastor of education and youth ministries for more than a decade in South Korea and the United States. She also worked at a Christian middle school as a full-time chaplain in South Korea. Before Boston University, she earned graduate degrees at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and the Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary (Seoul, Korea).

Outside her academic work, Jeong loves going out for a walk in the park and enjoying coffee time with her little daughter (her little one enjoys milk and baby snacks, instead of coffee!). As a lifelong Presbyterian, she and her family attend Lake Grove Presbyterian Church in Lake Oswego.

Professor Jeong will teach classes in Preaching, the Psalms, and our new class, “Race, Ethnicity and the Church.”

To learn more, visit Professor Jeong's faculty bio page

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