Current Faculty

(see detailed biographies below this list)

Susan Phillips, PhD – Executive Director; Professor of Sociology and Christianity

Margaret Alter, PhD – Adjunct Professor of Christianity & Psychology

Jill Chamberlain Boyce, RN, MA, DASD – Spiritual Director 

Stacey Charconnat – Spiritual Director 

Chris Corwin, PhD – Visiting Professor of Biblical Studies 

David Fetcho – Visiting Professor of Arts & Worship; Artist-in-Residence

Susan English Fetcho – Visiting Professor of Arts & Worship; Artist-in-Residence 

Sharon Gallagher, MTS – Professor of Christianity & the Media 

Sue Gibbons, MA, DASD   Spiritual Director 

David W. Gill, PhD – Founder and Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics

Margaret M. Horwitz, PhD – Adjunct Professor of Christianity & Literature 

Bonnie Howe, PhD – Adjunct Professor of Ethics & Biblical Studies 

Mark Labberton, MDiv, PhD – Visiting Professor of Biblical Studies 

Elizabeth Lawhead – Spritual Director 

Marilyn McEntyre, PhD – Adjunct Professor of Poetry & Spiritual Formation 

Earl Palmer, DD, MDiv - Earl Palmer Ministries

Ann Pope – Spiritual Director 

Christine Shiber, MDiv – Spiritual Director 

Katerina Stenstedt, DASD – Spiritual Director 

Robin C. Wainwright, MDiv - Visiting Professor of Church History & Christian Life 

Nancy S. Wiens, MDiv, PhD – Spiritual Director 

Naisa Wong, MDiv, DASD – Spiritual Director 

Russell Yee, MDiv, PhD – Visiting Professor of Theology & Worship

Daeseop Yi, MDiv, DASD, PhD – Spiritual Director

Faculty Biographies

Margaret G. Alter, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Christianity at NCB and a licensed marriage and family counselor in private practice in Berkeley. Her most recent book is Resurrection Psychology: An Understanding of Human Personality Based on the Life and Teachings of Jesus, which provides a practical model of human personality observable in Jesus’ life and teaching. Margaret Alter received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, California. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in English and received an M.A. in Psychology and Counseling and an M.Div. from the Pacific School of Religion. Her most recent NCB class was Appropriating the Forgiveness of Christ. In addition to her work with New College Berkeley, Margaret has taught psychology classes at Pacific School of Religion and School of Applied Theology.

Jill Chamberlain Boyce (spiritual director, NCB) received her spiritual direction training from San Francisco Theological Seminary and has been a spiritual director for the past 9 years both in Vancouver, BC and the Bay Area. She also studied Applied Theology at Regent College in Vancouver where she completed a Master's degree in 2010. Jill has had chaplaincy training and has worked as a nurse practitioner in marginalized communites. She co-leads the Ignatian Exercises and spiritual retreats for New College Berkeley. 

Chris Corwin, Ph.D. teaches Hebrew Scriptures, World Religions, and Philosophy.Hehas two B. A.’s, one in Math and one in English, from San Francisco State University, an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.His interests include: poetic analysis of the Psalms, theology of the Hebrew Scriptures, the book of Samuel, the Song of Songs, and Ancient Near Eastern Literature.,

David Fetcho and Susan English Fetcho are Visiting Professors of Arts and Worship and Artists-in-residence at NCB. David Fetcho has worked as a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and composer for nearly thirty years. His training is in creative writing, music, theatre, photography, and video production. Susan English Fetcho has been a performer, teacher, choreographer and administrator of dance and theatre for twenty-seven years. Her training is in dance/choreography, theatre, mime, Laban Movement Analysis, and video production. She is currently on the Performing Arts faculty at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland, California. 

Together, David and Susan served for fourteen years as co-artistic directors of the intermedia performance ensemble, New Performance Consort, writing, producing and directing fourteen original dance/music/theatre productions for both theatrical and liturgical venues. They’ve performed and taught in the greater San Francisco Bay area, and on tour to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, and Bali, Indonesia. Many of NPC’s works have incorporated original film and/or video segments as integral creative components. As founders and creative directors of foundlight.tv, they bring their wealth of experience as performance directors to the creation of compelling video content. foundlight.tv produces work for the educational, religious and corporate markets; family histories; and independent documentary films aimed at finding the hidden lights of individuals and groups who are laboring with love and passion outside the mainstream of media attention. 

Since 1978 Susan and David have organized conferences focusing on issues in theology and the arts, including several arts conferences for New College Berkeley, as well a national CIVA (Christians In the Visual Arts) conference in 1995. 

Sue Gibbons, M.A. received her Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2004.She has been a facilitator in the NCB Group Spiritual Direction program since its inception under the supervision of Susan Phillips.She has a keen interest in small groups dedicated to contemplative listening for the Spirit in the ordinary fabric of life.Ms. Gibbons is part of a team implementing Companion Groups in her church congregation. She held the position of Chair of Contemplative Ministry in her local congregation for ten years.

Margaret M. Horwitz, Ph.D., is an NCB Visiting Professor, with a doctorate in Film and Television Studies from UCLA.  She has taught for NCB on Christian ethics in Jane Austen’s novels and their filmed adaptations. She has also given presentations for the Jane Austen Society of North America, and at UC Davis.  She presented on the 2005 film, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for NCB.  At an NCB film conference, she spoke on Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol and the film, It’s a Wonderful Life; and, an article based on her talk was published in the Christmas 2006 issue of Radix magazine.  In spring 2007, Margaret taught an NCB class for GTU credit, “Grace Under Fire: Films About Extraordinary Faithfulness,” on Holocaust rescuers and others of courage, including Mother Teresa. 

Bonnie Howe, Ph.D., is a NCB graduate (M.A., Christian Ethics, ’92) and earned a Ph.D. in social ethics and New Testament interpretation from the Graduate Theological Union. She is interested in the ways people talk and write when we are thinking about good and evil, and the ways Christians read Scripture and use it in ethical reflection and argument. Her research employs cognitive linguistic theories and methods to analyze moral discourse. Dr. Howe’s publications include several articles for the New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible (Abingdon) and her newest book is entitled Because you bear this Name: Metaphor and the Moral Meaning of 1 Peter. (Brill Academic, 2006). Bonnie is interested in the way Christians seek to be formed by Scripture and look for moral guidance in its pages. She’s interested in how our reading habits (especially our Scripture-reading strategies) shape our social ethic and our life together. 

Mark Labberton, Ph.D., is president of  Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Dangerous Act of Worship. He has a B.A. from Whitman College, an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminar, and a doctorate in theology from the University of Cambridge, England. His Ph.D. dissertation topic was "Ordinary Bible Reading: The Reformed Tradition and Reader-Oriented Criticism." He was study assistant to the Reverend John Stott, (1980-81). Dr. Labberton has taught classes for NCB on "The Living Word and the Written Word: Interpreting Jesus Today," "Listening for God when Making Decisions," and "Applying Scripture in Everyday Life." His articles include "Glorious Foolishness: Who Dares Speak for God?" in Leadership Journal and "The Life-Changing Cross" in Radix magazine. 

Marilyn McEntyre, Ph.D.,  has taught courses in literature and faith; contemplative reading; autobiography; literature and medicine; literature and earthkeeping; portraiture, character, and personhood; poetry and prayer; and literature and the American conscience, among more standard courses for undergraduate, graduate, and professional classes over the past 30 years.  She recently left Westmont College to return to the Bay Area.  She leads retreats for churches, professional groups, and writers. She has written for WeavingsThe Christian CenturyChristianity Today, and Prism, as well as a variety of academic journals.  Her books include Caring for Words in a Culture of LiesChrist, My Companion:  Meditations on the Prayer of St. Patrick (Baker, 2008); three books of poems reflecting on Dutch paintings (In Quiet Light on Vermeer, Drawn to the Light on Rembrandt, and The Color of Light on Van Gogh); The Light at the Edge; and a co-edited volume of essays, Teaching Literature and Medicine.  

Earl Palmer, D.D., (M. Div.) heads Earl Palmer Ministries. He is the author of many books, including Love Has Its ReasonsThe Book That James WroteThe Enormous Exception: Commentary on the Sermon on the MountA Faith That Works, and the 24 Hour Christian. Rev. Palmer is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and has a B.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also has an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree awarded by Whitworth College. Earl serves on the boards of Princeton Theological Seminary, New College Berkeley, and Regent College, (Vancouver, B.C.). Earl was one of the co-founders of New College Berkeley and regularly teaches on topics such as "The Meaning of Friendship: St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians" and "C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien: Friends, Writers, and Mentors."

Robin C. Wainwright, M.Div., is Chairman of the Board of the Academy for Global Christianity, Washington, D.C., and Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in Oxford, England. He has spent more than 20 years developing and implementing programs for a variety of humanitarian organizations involved in outreach work in the US, overseas and particularly in the Middle East. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, and a Master of Divinity/Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Robin is NCB Professor of Applied Theology and was formerly Professor of Discipleship and Evangelism at Bethel Theological Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota, providing pastors and other ministry leaders with Biblical and practical resources for Church-based ministry strategies. He has taught classes on "Making Others Family: The Practice of Kingdom Evangelism" and "Into All the World: The History and Future of Christian Mission."

Nancy S. Wiens (spiritual director, NCB), is Emergence Director and Co-Founder of Emergence: A Center for Initiating Contemplatives in Action. She received her M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Christian spirituality, ritual studies, and the dialogue between theology and science. Dr. Wiens is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and practices spiritual direction with people who long to deepen their relationship with God and respond to God’s calling more fully in their lives. She has been a director in NCB’s Group Spiritual Direction ministry since its inception and also guides wilderness rites of passage, helping people mark transitions in their lives by discerning God’s calling through nature.

NCB Faculty Through the Years

David H. Adeney, D.D. – Christian Mission

Frances S. Adeney, Ph.D. – Ethics and Cross-Cultural Studies

Miriam Adeney, Ph.D. – Christian Theology

BernardT. Adeney-Risokotta, Ph.D. – Ethics and Cross-Cultural Studies

Farsijana Adeney-Risokotta, Ph.D. – Christianity and Social Science

John Alexander, M.Div. – Theology and Spirituality

Arthur Ammann, M.D. – Christian Studies and Medicine

Francis I. Andersen, Ph.D., D.D. – Old Testament

Lois C. Andersen, M.B. [M.D.] – Christian Studies and Medicine

Douglas F. Anderson, Ph.D. – Christian History

Carl E. Armerding, Ph.D. – Biblical Studies and Theology

Mary Ellen Ashcroft, Ph.D. –  Christianity and Literature

Carol Aust – Christianity and the Arts

Ed Aust – Christianity and the Arts    

Kenneth E. Bailey, Th.D. – New Testament

Robert J. Banks, Ph.D. – Theology, Christian Studies

Markus Barth, Ph.D. – New Testament

David Batstone, Ph.D. – Christian Ethics and Theology

George Beasley-Murray, Ph.D., D.D. –  Theology, New Testament

Jeremy Begbie, B.D., Ph.D. – Theology and the Arts

Robert N. Bellah, Ph.D. – Christian Studies and Sociology

Deborah Bellingham, M.Div. – Spiritual Direction

Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph.D. – Christian Ethics and Caring Practices

Richard V. Benner – Faith and Business

Richard Nelson Bolles, M.Div. – Christianity and Vocation

Jose Miguez Bonino, Ph.D. – Theology

Jill Chamberlain Boyce, R.N., MCS – Spiritual Direction

W. Thomas Boyce, M.D. – Christianity and Medicine

Ernest L. Boyer, Ph.D. – Education

Raymond E. Brown, Ph.D.  – New Testament Studies

Richard H. Bube, Ph.D. – Christianity and Science

William Burnett, Ph.D. –  Design Science

Ray Campton, M.F.T., M.Div. – Pastoral Counseling

Tony Campolo, Ph.D. –  Christianity and Sociology

Glandion Carney – Christian Discipleship

Helen Cepero, M.Div. – Christian Spirituality

Young-il Choo, Ph.D. – Christianity and Technology

Ashish Chrispal, Ph.D. – Global Christianity

Guillermo Cook, Ph.D. – Christianity and Theology

Chris Corwin, Ph.D. – Biblical Studies

Marie Corwin (M.A.) – Community Ministry            

Peter Coster, Ph.D., LMFT – Counseling

Thomas Cowley, M.B.A., M.A.T.S.,  D.Min. – Biblical Studies

Kathi Craig – Missions

Steve Craig – Missions

Peter H. Davids, Ph.D. – New Testament

Ruth Padilla DeBorst, M.A. – Global Christianity

Diane Deutsch, Ph.D. – Christianity and Psychology

William Diehl – Christian Studies and Business

John W. Drane, Ph.D. – New Testament

Grace Dyrness, Ph.D. – Christianity and Public Policy

William A. Dyrness, Ph.D. – Christian Theology

Ehab El-Kharrat, M.D., Ph.D. – Christianity and Psychiatry

Vernard Eller, Ph.D.  – Theology

Ronald Enroth, Ph.D. – Christianity and Cults

Jaime Escalante – Christianity and Education

J. Samuel Escobar, Ph.D. – Christianity and Theology

David Evans, Ph.D. – Christianity and Life Design

Jaime Farrant – Missions

Krista Faries, M.A. – Christianity and Culture

Ajith Fernando, D.D. – Old Testament

M. Steven Fish, Ph.D. – Christianity and Political Science

Richard Foster – Christian Spirituality

James Friedrich, M.Div. – Christian Spirituality

Karlfried Froehlich, D.Theol. – Ecclesiastical History and Art

Laurel Gasque – Christianity and the Arts

W. Ward Gasque, Ph.D. – New Testament

Albert Gaw, M.D. – Medicine

Jeannette Clift George – Christianity and Creativity

Atef Gendy, Ph.D. – Global Christianity

Timoteo Gener, M.Div. – Missiology

Sue Gibbons, DASD – Spiritual Direction

David W. Gill, Ph.D. – Ethics

Mack Goldsmith, Ph.D. – Christianity and Psychology

Joel B. Green, Ph.D.  – New Testament

Douglas R. Groothuis, M.A. – Christian Studies and Comparative World Views

Robert Guelich, Ph.D. – New Testament

Os Guinness, D.Phil. – Christianity and Sociology

Pete Hammond, M.Div. – Christian Studies and Evangelism

Gerald Hawthorne, Ph.D. – New Testament, Theology

Gary Haugen, J.D. – Christianity and Law

Virginia K. Hearn, B.A., Professor of Communications

Walter R. Hearn, Ph.D., Professor of Science and Christianity 

Sandi Hedlund, M.A., LMFT – Counseling

Carl F. H. Henry, Ph.D. – Theology

Roberta Hestenes, D.Min. – Christian Spirituality

Arthur Holmes, Ph.D. – Christian Studies and Philosophy

Evan Howard, Ph.D.            Christian Spirituality

Margaret Horwitz, Ph.D.        Christianity and Literature

James Houston, Ph.D.            Christian Spirituality

Evan B. Howard, Ph.D.        Christian Spirituality

Bonnie Howe, Ph.D.             Biblical Studies and Ethics

John Hoyte                Christian Living

Lincoln Hurst, Ph.D.            Christian History

Margaret John, M.A.            Cross-Cultural Ministry

Phillip E. Johnson, J.D.        Christian Studies and Law

Sarah Johnson, M.Th.            Spiritual Direction

Robert K. Johnston, Ph.D.        Theology

D. Gareth Jones, D.Sc.        Christianity and Science

Josh Kaufman-Horner, M.S.        Christianity and Mission

Stella Kasirye, M.A.            Christianity and Mission

Guy Kawasaki                Christianity and Business

C. Everett Koop, M.D.        Faith and Medicine

Bruce Kuhn                Christianity and the Arts

Larry J. Lagerstrom, Ph.D.        Christian Studies and Science

Frank La Rocca, Ph.D.        Christianity and Music

Elizabeth Lawhead            Spiritual Direction

Margaret M. Lawrence, M.D.        Christianity and Psychiatry

Lance Lee, Ph.D., Ed.D.        Christianity and Psychology

Madeleine L'Engle            Spirituality and Writing

Rick Leong                Ministry of the Laity

Rabbi Michael Lerner, Ph.D.        Judaism

Sarah Lewis, M.A.            Spirituality

Thomas In-Sing Leung, Ph.D.    Religious Studies

Pax Tan Chiow Lian, Dip.A.S.    Christianity and Health Care

Beverly Liberman            Christian Mission

Stanley B. Long, D.D.            Christian Ethics

Joel Mackey, M.Div., J.D.        Christian Mission

Richard Madsen, Ph.D.        Christian Studies and Sociology

Philippa Musoke Makerere, M.D.    Christianity and Medicine

Sasha Makovkin, M.A.        Christianity and the Arts

George Marsden, Ph.D.        History of Christianity

Elmer A. Martens, Ph.D.        Old Testament

Angela Barron McBride, Ph.D.    Christianity and Health Care

James. W. McClendon, Jr., Ph.D.    Spiritual Theology

Mary Ann McCoy, R.N.        Christian Mission

Marilyn McEntyre, Ph.D.        Christianity and English Literature

Caesar Molebatsi, M.A.        Global Christianity    

Kelly Monroe                Apologetics

Richard J. Mouw, Ph.D.        Theology, Ethics

Gladys Mwiti, M.A.            Christian Counseling

Ched Myers, Ph.D.            New Testament

Reginald Nichols, Ed.D.        Christian Ethics

Charles Nielsen, Th.D.        Christian History

Nadim Nassar, M.Div.        Global Christianity

David Zac Niringhe, Ph.D.        Global Christianity

Theodora Niringhe            Global Christianity

Ian Noyes, M.Div.            Practical Theology

Ruth Ohm, Ph.D.            Art History and Archaeology

Kenan B. Osborne, OFM, D.Theol.    Systematic Theology and Spirituality

Dan Ouellette                Christianity and the Arts

C. Rene Padilla, Ph.D.        Biblical Studies

Earl F. Palmer, D.D.            Biblical Studies

William E. Pannell, Ph.D.        Theology

Steven Pattie, M.A.            Christianity and the Arts

Ryan Pemberton, M.T.S.        Practical Theology        

John M. Perkins, L.L.D., D.Hum.     Christianity and Urban Mission

Vera Mae Perkins            Christianity and Urban Mission

Mike Perreau                Missions

Ted Peters, Ph.D.            Theology

Eugene H. Peterson, D.H.L.        Christian Spirituality

Anthony Petrotta, Ph.D.        Old Testament and Biblical Studies

Chamron Phal                Global Christianity

Pat Phillips, M.A.            Ministry of the Laity

Susan S. Phillips, Ph.D.        Sociology and Spirituality

Clark Pinnock, Ph.D.            Theology

Rebecca Manley Pippert, M.A.    Christian Evangelism

Wesley Pippert            Christianity and Journalism

Tom Prince, Ph.D.            Christian Mission

Clay Radke, Ph.D.            Christianity and Chemical Engineering

Vinoth Ramachandra, Ph.D.        Christian Mission

Richard A. Rhodes, Ph.D.        Christianity and Linguistics

Condoleezza Rice, Ph.D.        Christianity and Political Science

Juanita Ryan, M.S.N.            Christianity and Nursing

Ellen Schell, R.N., Ph.D.        Christian Mission

Elizabeth Sendek, M.A.        Global Christianity

Harold Shaw                Christianity and Publishing

Luci Shaw                Poetry and Writing

Father Justin Sinaites            Orthodox Christianity

Christine Sine, M.D.            Christianity and Medicine

Tom Sine, Ph.D.            Christianity and Culture

Margaret Singer, Ph.D.        Christianity and Psychology

James W. Sire, Ph.D.            Christian Studies

James W. Skillen, Ph.D.        Ethics

J. Alfred Smith, Sr., D.Min.        Theology

Stephen Smith, Ph.D.             Theology

Steven Snyder, M.Div., Ph.D.          Theology

Cathy Squires                Christian Mission

Max Stackhouse, Ph.D.        Christian Ethics

Katarina Stenstedt, DASD        Spiritual Direction

Donna L. Stevenson, Ph.D.        Old Testament

Martha de Laveaga Stewart, M.S., LMFT     Counseling

Philip Stillman (M.D.)        Medical Missions

Siggie Stillman (B.A.)        Medical Missions

John R.W. Stott, D.D.            Biblical Studies

Mark Stryker, M.Div.            Christianity and Film

E. Dawn Swaby-Ellis, M.D.        Christianity and Medicine

Ann Swidler, Ph.D.            Religious Studies and Sociology

Charles Taylor, Ph.D.            Christianity and Philosophy

Mathew Santosh Thomas, M.D.    Christianity and Medicine

Pranitha Timothy            Missions

Donald Tinder, Ph.D.            Church History

Steven M. Tipton, Ph.D.        Religious Studies and Sociology

Al Tizon, Ph.D.            Theology and Mission

John Townsend, Th.M., Ph.D.    Christianity and Psychology

Paul Tshihamba, M.Div.        Christian Mission

Remy Tshihamba, M.Div., Ph.D.    Church History

Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, Ph.D.    Christian Studies and Psychology

Jeff VanVonderen            Spiritual Abuse

Robin Wainwright, M.Div.        Christian Studies

Jim Wallis, M.A.            Christian Studies

Benjamin Weir, M.Div.        Mission and Spirituality

John White, M.D.            Christianity and Psychiatry

John White, Ph.D.            Christianity and Psychology

Charles Wickstrand, M.A., LMFT    Counseling

Nancy Wiens, M.Div., Ph.D., DAD     Theology and Spiritual Direction

Dorothy Williams, M.A., M.Div.    Christian Spirituality

William H. Willimon, Ph.D.        Theology

Hoover Wong, D.Min.        Christian Studies and Chinese Americans

Walter C. Wright, Jr., Ph.D.        Christian Studies and Management

Christopher J.H. Wright, Ph.D.    Old Testament Ethics

Philip Yancey                Christianity and the Arts

Seung Ai Yang, Ph.D.            New Testament Studies

Raymond Yee, Ph.D.            Christianity and Science

Russell Yee, Ph.D.            Worship and Pastoral Ministry

John Howard Yoder, Ph.D.        Christian Theology and Ethics

Ernle Young, M.Div., Ph.D.        Christian Ethics

Scott Young, M.Div.            Christian Studies and Evangelism