Dr. Ekaterina Lomperis (PhD, University of Chicago) joins Portland Seminary as Assistant Professor of Theology, starting in Fall 2019

Erica Ramirez
"I am particularly excited to be joining Portland Seminary, since it will provide a fruitful context for me to explore together with my students and colleagues how historical theologies may be used to address contemporary challenges, locally and globally." - Dr. Lomperis

Having been raised and educated in the countries of Moldova and Russia, Dr. Lomperis moved to the United States to earn her M.Div. from Harvard University and her 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. Her additional interests include contemporary global Christianity and the history of Christian spirituality.

Among other sources, her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Louisville Institute, the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, the Center of Theological Inquiry, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 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 grew up in the atheist context of post-communist Moldova. She became a Christian as a young adult, through hearing the Gospel in an American missionary-founded church in Russia. Dr. Lomperis is an active member of the United Methodist Church and she has served as a Lay Delegate for the Indiana Annual Conference and as a translator for the UMC General Conference. In her free time, she enjoys exploring international cinema, visual arts, organic cooking, and spending time with her husband and three children.

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.

For more information, see Dr. Lomperis's faculty bio page .


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