Professor of Ethics and Practical Theology
Director, Graduate Program in Religious Studies
Ph.D., The Divinity School, University of Chicago, 1995; M.Div., Iliff School of Theology, 1988; B.A., Hendrix College, 1982
Ethics and theology (specifically Wesleyan theology and ethics); clergy ethics; work and ethics; family and ethics; feminist, womanist and mujerist theologies
Wesleyan theology and ethics, work and vocation, ethics and family, clergy ethics, cloning, Georgia Harkness, Reinhold Niebuhr, Christian realism and feminist theology
:: The Bonds of Freedom: Feminist Theology and Christian Realism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001).
:: The Pastor as Moral Guide (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1999).
:: Wesley and the Quadrilateral: Renewing the Conversation, co-author with Steven Gunter et. al. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997).
:: "Good Works as Spiritual Formation: Why Wesley Fears for the Souls of the Rich." The Wesleyan Tradition: Building on the Past, Looking to the Future, ed. Paul Chilcote (Abingdon Press, 2001).
:: "Freeing Bonds and Binding Freedom: Reinhold Niebuhr and Feminist Critics on Paternal Authority and Maternal Constraint," The Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics, 1996.
Ordained elder, The United Methodist Church, Little Rock Annual Conference; recipient, Christian Faith and Life Sabbatical Grant, The Louisville Institute (with The Lilly Endowment), 1999-00; member, Editorial Advisory Board, Kingswood Books, Abingdon Press, 1997-present; member, Society of Christian Ethics; (Chair, Society of Christian Ethics Professional Conduct Committee; member, SCE Board of Directors, 1999-03; Chair, SCE Reforming Realism Interest Group, 1997-02; Chair, SCE Women's Caucus, 1994-02); Christian Theological Research Fellowship; Board of Directors, Journal for Christian Theological Research, An Electronic Journal in Systematic and Moral Theology (first on-line journal in theology); Maguire Teaching Fellow, Southern Methodist University, 2002
Keynote Lectures or Preaching Series: McFarlane Preaching Series, First United Methodist Church, El Dorado, AR, 2001; Lilly Fellows Keynote Lecture, Rivier College, Merrimack, NH, 2001; McFarlin Lectures and Sermons, McFarlin United Methodist Church, Norman, OK, 2000; The Consultation on Scriptural Authority and the Nature of Revelation, The General Board of Discipleship, the United Methodist Church, Nashville, TN, 1999; The Willson-Gross Lectures, Union College, Barbourville, KY, 1999; The Steele Center Lectures, Hendrix College, Conway, AR, 1999; The Hopkins Lectures, First United Methodist Church, Denton, TX, 1998; The Myers Lectures, Church of the Savior, Cleveland, OH, 1997; The Smith-Wilson Lectures, Southwestern College, Winfield, KS, 1997