Our Faculty

Evolve into inspiring leaders of faith with our acclaimed faculty.

Our faculty are teacher-scholars: accessible mentors and exceptional educators. The teacher-scholar model is more than an idea. The faculty at the School of Divinity is more than a collection of instructors. Just as you are invested in your education, our faculty are invested in you. Wake Forest is one of only two Top 30 National Universities in which faculty — not graduate assistants — teach all full-credit academic courses. The student-faculty ratio at the School of Divinity is 7 to 1. What you think matters; what you feel matters; what you do matters, and it matters to more than just you. Our faculty are invested in you.

Meet the Faculty

Read more about our each of our faculty embody outstanding classroom teaching, student mentoring, creative and engaged scholarship, and commitment to community life.

Fred Bahnson
Director of the Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program, and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Ecological Well-Being
Christopher T. Copeland
Director of Leadership Development and Spiritual Life, and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Spirituality
Jill Y. Crainshaw
Blackburn Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology
Erik Estrada
Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in Early and Medieval Christianity
Thomas E. Frank
University Professor
Elizabeth O’Donnell Gandolfo
Earley Assistant Professor of Catholic and Latin American Studies
Gary Gunderson
Professor of Faith and Health of the Public
Derek S. Hicks
Associate Professor of Religion and Culture
Mark E. Jensen
Teaching Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology
Shonda R. Jones
Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Services, and Assistant Teaching Professor in Intercultural Theological Education
Kevin Jung
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics
Bill J. Leonard
Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Professor of Church History
Gail R. O’Day
Dean and Professor of New Testament and Preaching
Melva L. Sampson
Assistant Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology
John E. Senior
Director of the Art of Ministry Program and Associate Teaching Professor of Ethics and Society
Katherine A. Shaner
Assistant Professor of New Testament
Porter Taylor
Visiting Professor of Episcopal Studies
Michelle Voss Roberts
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Theology
Neal H. Walls
Associate Professor of Old Testament Interpretation

Emerti Faculty

E. Frank Tupper
Distinguished Professor of Divinity Emeritus

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