Faculty Bios: Life-Long Learning Courses


TERM ONE - August - October 2018

LEE BARRETT - Intro to Theology (TH101 and TH101 WH)

Lee Barrett is the Mary B. and Henry P. Stager Professor of Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary where he has taught since September 1993. Prior to this, Lee taught theology at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. He holds BA, MA, MDiv, and PhD degrees from Yale University.

NATHAN BAXTER - Black Theologizing (TH253)

Nathan Baxter is a retired Episcopal Church bishop with 45 years of ministry experience, including local pastorates and Dean of the National Cathedral, Washington, DC.  He is an alumnus and former Dean of Lancaster Seminary. He has taught ministry leadership and social issues at several schools including Virginia Seminary, Harvard Divinity School and Princeton University.

JOE PRITCHETT - Interfaith Leadership (PL232 WH)

Joe Pritchett currently serves as Director for Faith and Meaning at Franklin & Marshall College. He earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware in 2017, where he researched religious pluralism and interfaith cooperation in higher education. Joe has led numerous initiatives and trainings related to religious pluralism and interfaith cooperation for college students, staff, and faculty. He has also previously served as an instructor at the University of Delaware and Emerson College.

TERM TWO - October 2018 - February 2019

GREG CAREY - New Testament (NT100 and NT100 WH)

Greg Carey has taught at Lancaster Seminary since 1999, having previously taught at Rhodes College and Winthrop University. His publications include numerous studies on the Book of Revelation and ancient apocalyptic literature, rhetorical analysis of the New Testament, and investigations of early Christian self-definition. He is the author or co-editor of six books.

JULIA M. O'BRIEN - Christianity & The Arts (IS220 and IS220 WH)

Julia M. O’Brien is Paul H. and Grace L. Stern Professor of Old Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Among her publications are the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies (editor in chief; Oxford, 2014), a feminist commentary on Micah (Liturgical Press, 2015), and Challenging Prophetic Metaphor: Theology and Ideology in the Prophets (Westminster John Knox, 2008).

TERM TWO - PART 1 October - NOVEMBER 2018

NATHAN BAXTER - The Civil Rights Movement (PL313)

Nathan Baxter is a retired Episcopal Church bishop with 45 years of ministry experience, including local pastorates and Dean of the National Cathedral, Washington, DC.  He is an alum and former Dean of Lancaster Seminary. He has taught ministry leadership and social issues at several schools including Virginia Seminary, Harvard Divinity School and Princeton University.

LEAH D. SCHADE - Creation Crisis Preaching (WP230 - OL)

Leah D. Schade is the Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky.  She earned both her MDiv and PhD degrees from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary), and completed her dissertation focusing on homiletics (preaching) and ecological theology.  Leah is the author of Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, 2015).  Her “EcoPreacher” blog for Patheos explores environmental issues, politics, religion, race, gender and women’s issues, and popular culture: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ecopreacher.

BETTY SNAPP-BARRETT - Seeing the Sacred (IS22 WH)

Betty Snapp-Barrett, along with her husband Lee, has been teaching Lancaster Seminary's Theology and The Visual Arts course for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from James Madison University, and both a Master of Arts and a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Virginia. She has also done post-graduate work at Emory University and at The University of Pennsylvania's Council for Relationships. She has studied Theology and the Visual Arts with Katherine Kapikian at Wesley Theological Seminary. Interested in art from the time that she was a small child, she has worked as a designer for an architectural firm, an art instructor at an assisted living facility, and has incorporated the arts into both her church ministry and her work as an individual, marital, and family therapist.

TERM TWO - PART 2 JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2019

LEE BARRETT - Knowing God (IS280 and IS280 WH)

Lee Barrett is the Mary B. and Henry P. Stager Professor of Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary where he has taught since September 1993. Prior to this, Lee taught theology at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. He holds BA, MA, MDiv, and PhD degrees from Yale University.

DARRYL W. STEPHENS - Ministerial Ethics (PL100 WH) - for pastors only

Darryl W. Stephens, director of United Methodist studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary, holds a PhD in Christian Ethics from Emory University. He  is ordained in The United Methodist Church. He is author of Methodist Morals: Social Principles in the Public Church’s Witness (University of Tennessee Press) and co-editor of Professional Sexual Ethics: A Holistic Ministry Approach (Fortress Press).

TERM 3 - February - April 2019

GREG CAREY- Romans (NT220)

Greg Carey has taught at Lancaster Seminary since 1999, having previously taught at Rhodes College and Winthrop University. His publications include numerous studies on the Book of Revelation and ancient apocalyptic literature, rhetorical analysis of the New Testament, and investigations of early Christian self-definition. He is the author or co-editor of six books.

LEAH THOMAS - Womanist and Feminist Approaches to Pastoral Care (PT212/612 WH)

Leah Thomas received a BA (1999) and MDiv (2003) from the University of Notre Dame, and a PhD in Religion and Society (2017) from Drew University. Her areas of study include the intersection of pastoral care and Christian social ethics, particularly as this prompts an integration of systemic realities of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexual orientation into the practice of pastoral care. She has been a chaplain for the last 10 years, and is the author of the book entitled “Just Caring”: Ethical Pastoral Care with Women with Mental Illness, forthcoming from Rowman and Littlefield.

KAREN-MARIE YUST - Faith and Human Development (EM305 OL)

Karen-Marie Yust is the Josiah P. and Anne Wilson Rowe Professor of Christian Education at Union Presbyterian Seminary and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Her research and writing about spirituality, religious identity and faith formation addresses such diverse topics as toddler faith development, social media and faith, and teaching/learning theories for the contemporary church.

DARRYL W. STEPHENS - Ministerial Ethics (PL100) - for pastors only

Darryl W. Stephens, director of United Methodist studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary, holds a PhD in Christian ethics from Emory University and is ordained in the United Methodist Church. He is author of Methodist Morals: Social Principles in the Public Church’s Witness (University of Tennessee Press) and co-editor of Professional Sexual Ethics: A Holistic Ministry Approach (Fortress Press).