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School of Theology and Ministry

Joshua Lunde-Whitler

school of theology and ministry

Joshua Lunde-Whitler and family

Joshua's primary aim in both research and teaching is to help cultivate a spirit of lifelong learning and listening in future Christian and community leaders, so as to become more effective agents of peace and justice. He is particularly fascinated by the power of story and dialogue to shape the way human beings think and act. His dissertation argues that personal identity should be examined in terms of narrativity, as the means by which human beings co-create meaning with others throughout the lifespan, in complex and ever-evolving ways. These concerns stem from over eleven years of ministry experience. He founded a ministry-community for the homeless in Southern California, focused on relationship-based empowerment. Additionally he has served as a hospital chaplain, a worship leader, a youth minister, a retreat leader, an associate and lead (co-)pastor. 


A doctoral candidate in Theology and Education at Boston College, Joshua is also a minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC) and works alongside his spouse Amy (also a UCC minister) at Christian Union Church in Groton, Massachusetts. They also both currently serve as the Executive Co-Directors of the non-profit Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange in Newton, MA. When not serving these roles, his favorite thing to do is to spend time with Amy and his son Josiah; he also likes to play guitar, hike, cook, play ultimate, and jog (slowly). He has been known to occasionally make prayer ropes for his friends and family. 


Curriculum Vitae



M.Div. Fuller Theological Seminary (2007)
B.A. Texas A&M University (2004)

Areas of Interest

Narrative hermeneutics
Biopsychosocial development
Critical pedagogy
Field-based theological education
Liberation theology
Theological anthropology


Making Disciples, Constructing Selves: A Narrative-Developmental Approach to Identity and its Implications  for the Theology, Pedagogy and Praxis of the Present-day Church in the United States

Director: Jane Regan

Why the PhD in Theology and Education

The Theology and Education program helped me to shape the starting point that I wanted to have as a practical theologian: examining the processes and results of practical theological formation itself, in ways that lead to authentic and ongoing transformation of persons and communities. Perhaps even more importantly, the program asks you to take seriously your own teaching methods and practices, and to pay attention to both the means and the ends of teaching in relation to content (instead of focusing on content alone).