Joyce Mercer


Rev. Dr. Joyce Mercer

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Address3737 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22304
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Professor of Practical Theology, Virginia Theological Seminary

Ph.D., Emory University, 1997
D.Min., McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago,
M.S.W., University of Connecticut,
M.Div., Yale Divinity School,

Professor Joyce Ann Mercer joined the VTS faculty in 2006. She is currently the Professor of Practical Theology. She completed her Ph.D. at Emory University in 1997, focusing on issues of faith, gender, and violence in the lives of adolescent girls. She previously earned a D.Min. at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago; the Master of Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut; the M.Div. from Yale Divinity School; and a B.A. in religious studies from the University of Virginia.

Before joining the faculty at VTS, she served on faculties at San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union, and at Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines. She is the author of Welcoming Children: A Practical Theology of Childhood (Chalice Press, 2005), Lives to Offer: Accompanying Youth on Their Vocational Quests (co-authored with Dori Grinenko Baker, Pilgrim Press, 2007), and most recently, Girl Talk, God Talk: Why Faith Matters to Teenage Girls—and Their Parents (Jossey Bass, 2008).

Professor Mercer serves on the editorial boards of the journals Religious Education and Theological Education. She serves on the executive committee of the Association of Practical Theology, and the steering committee of the Practical Theology Group in the American Academy of Religion. She is also a member of the International Academy of Practical Theology.

Professor Mercer is married with three children. She plays the fiddle with an Irish band, The Irish Breakfast Band.

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