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.

A Snapshot of Our Faculty

The School of Divinity faculty come from 11 states and 2 countries (United States, South Korea), 15 undergraduate colleges and universities (having majored in more than 10 different areas of study), 14 masters programs, and 13 doctoral programs. 26% identify as an ethnic minority and 33% identify as female. They come from 11 religious affiliations and 72% are ordained. Over the last five years they have collectively published over 100 books, chapter contributions, edited volumes, co-edited volumes, and translations.

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
Interim Dean and Blackburn Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology
Erik Estrada
Visiting Assistant Professor of Church History
Thomas E. Frank
University Professor and Associate Dean of Continuing Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Elizabeth O’Donnell Gandolfo
Earley Assistant Professor of Catholic and Latin American Studies
Gary Gunderson
Professor of Faith and Health of the Public, and Vice President, Faith and Health, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
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
Gail R. O’Day
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, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Religious Leadership, and Director of the Collaborative for Public Religious Leadership
Katherine A. Shaner
Assistant Professor of New Testament
Porter Taylor
Visiting Professor of Episcopal Studies
Neal H. Walls
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Old Testament Interpretation

Emeriti Faculty

 Bill J. Leonard
Professor of Divinity Emeritus
E. Frank Tupper
Distinguished Professor of Divinity Emeritus

Media Requests

The School of Divinity Office of Communications is responsible for communicating information regarding faculty research, programs, and other news to appropriate media sources. Faculty are available to provide comment for a story or be interviewed (recorded and/or live).  To request, contact C. Mark Batten, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Strategic Communications.