Disciples Divinity House

of the University of Chicago

Kris Culp has been Dean of the Disciples Divinity House since 1991. She is also Associate Professor of Theology in the Divinity School and in the College with the Fundamentals: Texts and Issues program. She is the seventh dean of Disciples House and was the first woman to become chief executive of one of the theological education institutions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She led the Disciples Divinity House through its centennial anniversary in 1994 and in marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of its Chapel of the Holy Grail in 2005.

An alumna of the Disciples Divinity House and a PhD graduate of the Divinity School, she previously earned the Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Iowa. From 1985-91, she was a member of the faculty of Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri.

She is the author of Vulnerability and Glory: A Theological Account (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010) and the editor of "The Responsibility of the Church for Society" and Other Essays by H. Richard Niebuhr (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008). She has written on theology and experience, ecclesiology, feminist and womanist theologies, the use of fiction in theological thinking, and issues facing the Disciples of Christ. An avid traveler, she has also written about pilgrimage and had her photographs published on various websites.

She has served on numerous boards, including the General Board and the Administrative Committee of the Christian Church (Disciples of Church) and, presently, on the Council on Christian Unity of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); she regularly serves in an advisory capacity to various groups; and she has served as chair of the Council on Theological Education. She was a founding member of the Board of Directors of DisciplesWorld, a journal of news, opinion, and features about the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and its chair from 2006-09. She is a former president of the Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion and was a founding member of the Forrest Moss Institute, an association of Disciples women scholars. She represents the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches.

Email Dean Kris Culp or telephone her office at 773.643.4411.

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