Deborah F. Mullen

Dr. Deborah F. Mullen
Address5460 S. University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615

Associate Professor of Ministry and Historical Studies, Director of the Center for African American Ministry and Black Church Studies, McCormick Theological Seminary

B.A., University of Rochester,
M.Div., Colgate Rochester Divinity School,
Ph.D., University of Chicago,

Deborah F. Mullen joined the faculty of McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois in 1989 in a newly created position of Associate Dean of Masters Programs for Experiential Education and Field Studies. She was appointed Assistant Professor of Ministry and Historical Studies in 1993. In 1996, Deborah was elected Dean of Masters Level Programs, a post she held for 11 years. In 2003, she was promoted to Associate Professor of Ministry and Historical Studies. She is also the Director of the Center for African American Ministries and Black Church Studies.

A member of Genesee Valley Presbytery from 1983 to 2003, Deborah is a member of the Presbytery of Chicago. While in Rochester, she was a member of Calvary St. Andrew’s parish before being called to a four-year appointment as Stated Supply Pastor of Trinity Emmanuel Presbyterian Church. During her pastorate Deborah was active ecumenically and was a collaborator with other local church pastors in the development of ministries for families and youth on the Southwest side of Rochester. After leaving parish ministry, Deborah served as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Minority Student Affairs at her alma mater the University of Rochester.

Deborah represented the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. on the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches of Christ (NCCC) from 1988 to 2000, serving two terms on the Executive Committee and as its Vice-Chairperson. She has served the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. in a variety of national leadership roles and internationally at ecumenical gatherings sponsored by the World Council of Churches. She served two terms as one of seven elected members on the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation’s Board of Directors.

Among her published works are articles and book chapters found in Shaping Beloved Community: Multicultural Theological Education, the Presbyterian Survey, The Journal of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Renewing the Vision, Out of the Ashes, and Ending Racism in the Church. Deborah was also co-editor of a collection published by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. entitled Ordination: Past, Present, and Future.

Areas of Interest

Ministry and Historical Studies;

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