Rebecca Jeong, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology

Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow

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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

Book Chapters and Articles

“Prophetic Preaching for the Faithful Life,” Asian American Theological Forum (, vol. 1, no. 2 (July 2014)

“Eighth Sunday After the Epiphany,” in Preaching God’s Transforming Justice: A Lectionary Commentary, Year C (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012)

Book Reviews

Here I Am: Faith Stories of Korean American Clergywomen, edited by Grace Ji-Sun Kim, In Asian American Theological Forum (, February 2016.

Making Room at the Table: An Invitation to Multicultural Worship , edited by Brian K. Blount and Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, In Asian American Theological Forum (, February 2016.

Stumbling Over the Cross: Preaching the Cross and Resurrection Today , by Joni Sancken, In Homiletic (, January 2016.

Theological Reflections on “Gangnam Style”: A Racial, Sexual, and Cultural Critique , by Joseph Cheah and Grace Ji-Sun Kim, In Asian American Theological Forum (, November 2014.

Korean Preaching, Han, and Narrative (American University Studies, Series VII. Theology and Religion), by Sangyil Park, In Asian American Theological Forum (, October 2014.

Preaching to Second Generation Korean Americans: Towards Possible Selves Contextual Homiletic, by Matthew D. Kim, In Asian American Theological Forum (, September 2014.

Postcolonializing God: New Perspectives in Pastoral and Practical Theolog y, by Emmanuel Y. Lartey, In Homiletic (, Winter 2014.

Karl Barth's Emergency Homiletic, 1932–1933: A Summons to Prophetic Witness at the Dawn of the Third Reich , by Angela Dienhart Hancock, In Homiletic (, Winter 2013.