David M. Mellott


Vice President of Academic Affairs 
Dean of the Seminary
Professor of Theological Formation

BA, English Literature & Latin American Studies, The Pontifical College Josephinum, 1986
BA, Religious Studies, The Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, 1988
MA/STB, The Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, 1989
STL, Licentiate in Sacred Theology, The Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, 1992
PhD, Theological Studies, Emory University, 2005

          Specialized Training:
          Goethe Institute, Munich, Germany, 1997
          Sorbonne University, Paris, France, 1998

Dr. Mellott is Professor of Theological Formation and has been a member of the faculty since June 2005. In October 2011 he was selected as the fourteenth Dean of Lancaster Seminary. He teaches in the master's and doctoral program, including courses in pastoral ministry, queer theology, sacramentology, worship, Roman Catholicism, philosophy, and spiritual formation.

Dr. Mellott is also a spiritual director and retreat director. He has led retreats throughout the United States and in Central Europe.

Prior to his doctoral studies, Dr. Mellott was a residential faculty member and coordinator of worship at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, MD from 1994-1997.

Originally ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1982, Dr. Mellott is now a licensed minister with the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. He lives in Lancaster with his husband, the Rev. Lance Mullins, co-pastor of Wisdom’s Table at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Lancaster. 

Selected Courses Taught

Theological Education and the Spiritual Journey
Spiritual Formation Seminars
Introduction to Philosophy
Queer Theologizing
Happiness and Christianity
Introduction to Worship
The Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist
Metropolitan Community Churches Polity
Writing as a Spiritual Practice


Specialty & Research

Ethnography as a Theological Practice
Christian and Ministerial Formation
Liturgical Theology
The Way Christians Pray and the Selves We Create


Major Publications

Finding Your Way in Seminary: What to Expect, How to Thrive. (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2016)

"Hearing the Faithful: A Classroom Syllabus." Practical Matters 3 (2010):3-11. Web.

I Was and I Am Dust: Penitente Practices As a Way of Knowing. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009.

"Penitentes, Los Hermanos." Hispanic American Religious Cultures. Ed. Miguel de la Torre. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2009. 421-422 

Authorizing Marriage?: Canon, Tradition, and Critique in the Blessing of Same-sex Unions. Eds. Mark D. Jordan, Meghan T. Sweeney and David M. Mellott. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006.
"Naming the Mechanisms of Self-Deception: A Call to Liberation for Gay Roman Catholic Clergy" in Gay Catholic Priests and Clerical Sexual Misconduct: Breaking the Silence Eds. Robert E. Goss and Donald L. Boisvert. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2005. 

2001 AAR/SBL Annual Meeting Presentation - "What Our Students Have to Teach Us: Pedagogical Reflections on Teaching an Introductory Course on the History of Christianity." Licentiate in Sacred Theology Thesis - Liberty in Belief or Conformity in Belief: An Analysis of the International Roman-Catholic - Disciples of Christ Dialogue. Catholic University of Leuven, 1992.


Resource & Lecture Topics

Writing as a Spiritual Practice
Early and Medieval Christianity
Christian and Ministerial Formation

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