Ekaterina Lomperis, PhD

Richard B. Parker Assistant Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Thought

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Office: Portland Center South: Office 270

Ekaterina Lomperis is Richard B. Parker Assistant Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Thought, and a faculty fellow in the George Fox University Honors Program. Raised and educated in the countries of Moldova and Russia, she moved to the United States to earn her master of divinity from Harvard University and her PhD from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Lomperis’s primary area of academic expertise is the early modern era, particularly the Protestant Reformations. She is especially interested in questions about suffering, healing, physical and spiritual well-being, and gender. She serves on the board of the national Conference on Medicine and Religion.

As an educator, she is passionate about using her research in historic Christian thought to equip her students and the 21st-century church to address contemporary challenges. Her additional interests include science and religion, contemporary global Christianity, and the history of Christian spirituality.

Among other sources, her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Louisville Institute, the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, the Center of Theological Inquiry, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

With Gary Ferngren, Lomperis is the author of Essential Readings in Medicine and Religion (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017). Her second book project focuses on the development of Christian theologies of illness, healing, and medicine in the early modernity.

Lomperis is an active member of the United Methodist Church. In her free time, she enjoys exploring international cinema, visual arts, organic cooking, and spending time with her husband and three children.

Academic Background

PhD, University of Chicago; MDiv, Harvard University; BA in philology and education, Moscow Pedagogical State University

Expertise and Research Interests

The Protestant Reformations, medicine and religion, suffering, healing and gender, contemporary global Christian thought, history of Christian spirituality

Research Bibliography


Essential Readings in Medicine and Religion (with Gary Ferngren). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.

Scholarly Publications

“A Response to Christine Helmer’s Theology and the End of Doctrine.” Journal of Lutheran Ethics, 7 (2015).

Select Presentations

“Discerning the Early Protestant Spirit: Martin Luther, Medical Cessationism, and the Spirit’s Work of Healing” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, 2016

 "Justification by Pain? Physical Suffering, Healing, and Salvation in John Calvin’s Thought." Calvin Studies Society Colloquium, 2015.

"Christian Bodies in Pain as Spiritual Battlefields: Bodily Suffering in Martin Luther’s Thought." American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, 2014.

"Avoiding the Idolatry of Wellbeing: Martin Luther’s Theology of Medical Care, 1516-1530." 
Conference on Medicine and Religion, 2013.