Rebecca Jeong

Rebecca Jeong, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow


Introduction

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 (aatfweb.org). From 2011 to 2015, she served The Journal of Homiletic (homiletic.net) 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