Portland Seminary Announces Three New Faculty


Left to right: Ekaputra Tupamahu, Ekaterina Lomperis, Rebecca Jeong 

After a competitive search process, Portland Seminary is pleased to announce three new faculty hires. With much excitement, we welcome Dr. Ekaputra Tupamahu, Dr. Ekaterina Lomperis and Prof. Rebecca Jeong to the Seminary team! Each professor will teach master's-level degree and certificate program courses, beginning in Fall 2019.


Professor Rebecca S. Jeong (PhD candidate, Boston University)
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology
Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow

Professor Jeong joins us through 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. This spring, she will be defending her doctoral dissertation, “A Psalmic-Theological Homiletic for the Korean Immigrant Congregation.” 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 Homiletic as a managing editor.

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

Dr. Ekaputra Tupamahu (PhD, Vanderbilt University)
Assistant Professor of New Testament

Dr. Tupamahu holds graduate degrees from Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, the Claremont School of Theology, and Vanderbilt University. He has a broad range of academic interests, including the politics of language, race/ethnic theory, postcolonial studies, immigration studies, critical study of religion, and global Christianity (particularly Pentecostal/Charismatic movement). His writings have appeared in, among others, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Pneuma, and the T&T Clark Handbook to Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics.

Dr. Tupamahu will be teaching courses in New Testament, second year Greek, as well as the seminar, “Twentieth Century” for the undergraduate Honors program.

Dr. Ekaterina Lomperis (PhD, University of Chicago)
Assistant Professor of Theology

Dr. Lomperis earned an M.Div. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (2018). Dr. Lomperis’s primary area of academic expertise is the early modern era, particularly the Protestant Reformations. She is especially interested in questions about suffering, healing, physical and spiritual well-being, and gender. As an educator, she is passionate about using her research in historic Christian thought to equip her students and the twenty-first century church to address contemporary challenges. With Gary Ferngren, Dr. Lomperis is an author of Essential Readings in Medicine and Religion (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017). Her current, second book project focuses on the development of Christian theologies of illness, healing, and medicine in the early modernity.

Dr. Lomperis will teach Historical Theology, Essentials of Theology, Christian Ethics, as well as the seminar, “Rome Through Early Church” for the undergraduate Honors program.


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