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
:: When the One You Love is Gone (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2012).
:: The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics. Gen. ed. Joel B. Green, associate ed. Rebekah Miles, Allen Verhey and Jacqueline Lapsley (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011).
:: Georgia Harkness: The Remaking of a Liberal Theologian, Collected Essays from 1929–1942 (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2010).
:: 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).
Ordained elder, The United Methodist Church, Arkansas Annual Conference; recipient, Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology, 2004; Christian Faith and Life Sabbatical Grant, The Louisville Institute, 2004 (declined); Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship, 2003; Christian Faith and Life Sabbatical Grant, The Louisville Institute (with The Lilly Endowment), 1999-00; member, The Reinhold Niebuhr Society Steering Committee, 2003-present; member, Steering Committee of the Wesley Studies Group, 2004-2010; member, Editorial Advisory Board, Kingswood Books, Abingdon Press, 1997-2006; 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), 1996-98; Maguire Teaching Fellow, Southern Methodist University, 2002.
See the cv for other publications, professional distinctions, keynote lectures, preaching series, etc.