Bruce Epperly

Dr. Bruce Epperly
Address555 West James Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

Director of Continuing Education Professor of Practical Theology, Lancaster Theological Seminary

B.A., San Jose State University, 1975
M.A., Claremont Graduate University, 1977
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, 1980

Bruce Epperly is the Director of Continuing Education and Professor of Practical Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary. He is also co-pastor, with his wife Rev. Dr. Katherine Gould Epperly, of the Disciples United Community Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Prior to that time, Dr. Epperly served as Director of the Protestant Ministry and Adjunct Professor in Theology, Spirituality, and Medicine at Georgetown University and Medical School (1982-1999), and Acting Associate Dean, Assistant to the President for On-line Programs, and Adjunct Professor in Theology, Spirituality, and Pastoral Care at Wesley Theological Seminary (2000-2003). He has also served as an interim minister in Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ congregations as well as the Director of the Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health.

An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ, Dr. Epperly has written fifteen books, including God’s Touch: Faith, Wholeness and the Healing Miracles of Jesus; Mending the World: Spiritual Hope for Ourselves and Our Planet and Walking in the Light: A Jewish-Christian Vision of Healing and Wholeness (the first and second volumes of a trilogy on Jewish-Christian theology and spirituality, co-written with Rabbi Lewis Solomon); Reiki Healing Touch and the Way of Jesus (co-written with Kate Epperly), and The Power of Affirmative Faith: A Spirituality of Personal Transformation, which received Spirituality and Health magazine’s award as being “one of the best books in spirituality in 2001.” His latest books, to be released Fall 2008, include his response to Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life, Holy Adventure: Forty-one Days of Audacious Living; Feed the Fire: Avoiding Clergy Burnout, written with Kate Epperly; and The Four Seasons of Ministry: A Harvest of Righteousness.

Dr Epperly speaks regularly throughout North America on subjects such as: healing and wholeness, spiritual formation, Christianity and complementary medicine, process theology, ministerial wholeness, and progressive theology and spirituality. He has appeared on “Nightline,” “ABC World News Tonight,” and “PBS News Hour.”

He has been married to Rev. Dr. Katherine Gould Epperly since 1979, and is the parent of Matthew Epperly, age 26, who lives in Manhattan.

Dr. Epperly’s interests, beyond the ministry and academics, include walking, reading mysteries, travel, gardening, and cooking. He regularly meets with students in the Adirondack chairs at Franklin and Marshall College, across the street from the seminary.
He is a reiki teacher/master, spiritual guide, and spiritual coach for pastors interested in personal wellness and spiritual growth.

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