Rebecca Jeong

Rebecca Jeong, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow



Dr. Rebecca S. Jeong joined Portland Seminary as a  Louisville Postdoctoral Fellow and assistant professor of pastoral theology in 2019. She has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship (2019–2021) from the Louisville Institute as part of the Institute’s Vocation of the Theological Educator Initiative.

Jeong is a practical theologian whose research interests coalesce around the following themes in homiletics and liturgics: Psalms and contextual preaching, modern homiletical theories for ethnic minorities, women preaching and leadership, and multicultural worship.

Before joining Portland Seminary, Jeong served churches as a pastor of Sunday school and youth ministry for more than a decade in South Korea and the United States. She also worked at a Christian middle school as a full-time chaplain in South Korea. She was an editor of homiletics and liturgics for the Journal of   Asian American Theological Forum ( From 2011 to 2015, she served The Journal of Homiletic ( as a managing editor.

Outside her academic work, Jeong loves going out for a walk in the park and enjoying coffee time with her little daughter (her little one enjoys milk and baby snacks, instead of coffee!). A lifelong Presbyterian, she and her family attend Lake Grove Presbyterian Church in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Academic Background

PhD, Boston University, School of Theology;  ThM, Candler School of Theology, Emory University;  ThM, Presbyterian University & Theological Seminary (Seoul, Korea);  MDiv, Presbyterian University & Theological Seminary;  BA, Presbyterian University & Theological Seminary

Expertise and Research Interests

Practical/contextual theology for ethnic minorities, modern homiletic theories, history of women preaching, homiletics for Korean first-generation immigrants, Protestant liturgies, and worship leadership for multicultural congregations

Research Bibliography

Published works and sermons