Kirsten Sonkyo Oh

Ecclesiastical Associate Professor of United Methodist Studies and United Methodist Church Liaison School of Theology

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BA, Biola University
MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Biographical Information

Kirsten S. Oh, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, is the ecclesiastical faculty member for United Methodist students, providing pastoral care and supporting their ordination process. Dr. Oh currently also serves as associate professor of practical theology at Azusa Pacific University, teaching undergraduates in the areas of Christian ministry and youth ministry. She was previously associate dean of student life at Claremont School of Theology, and has served as adjunct faculty at that school as well as at San Francisco Theological Seminary and at Fuller.

Oh is one of three United Methodist representatives to the Faith and Order Table of the National Council of Churches and co-chairs a study group on vital matters concerning current issues that affect ecclesial concerns through reflective theologies. In addition, she serves as a mentor to Women of Color Scholars through the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church.

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Pastoral care and counseling, developmental theories and spiritual formation, contextual biblical hermeneutics, intercultural counseling, pastoral counseling in Asian American contexts, the art of listening—philosophy, assumptions, and techniques of narrative therapy, self-care in the ministry of compassion, gender and sexuality for Asian American college students, theological education in a multicultural environment


Books or Book Sections

Oh, Kirsten S., and Donald Thorsen, “John Wesley's Holiness Themes,” in The Holy River of God, ed. Barry L. Callen, 21–28: Aldersgate Press, 2016.

Oh, Kirsten, “Church Segregation and Integration,” in Cultural Psychology and Christian Diversity: Developing Cultural Competence for a Diverse Christian Community, ed. Kathryn Ecklund. Abilene: Abilene Christian University Press, 2016.

Oh, Kirsten S., “Ecology and Christianity,” in Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, ed. David A. Leeming, 1, 561-566. New York: Springer, 2014.

Oh, Kirsten S., “Irit Redeemed: Casting My Lot With Lot's Wife,” in Mirrored Reflections: Reframing Biblical Characters, ed. Young Lee-Hertig and Chloe Sun. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2010,

Oh, Kirsten S., Benjamin Hartley, Glen Messer, “‘Get on the Cart!:’ Wesleyan Discipleship in an Age of Incarceration that Defies Christian Virtues,” in Thinking Theologically about Mass Incarceration: Biblical Foundations and Justice Imperatives, ed. Antonios Kireopoulos, Mitzi J. Budde, and Matthew D. Lundberg. National Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission Theological Series. Mahwah: Paulist Press, forthcoming 2017.

Oh, Kirsten S., “Womb-Like Mercy: A Theology of Risk through Adoption Experience,” in A Graceful Embrace: Theological Reflections on Adopting Children, ed. John Swinton and Brian Brock, forthcoming in 2017.


Oh, Kirsten S., “Jesus Strengthens the Faith of Thomas: John 20:24-29,” in Stations of the Resurrection: A Book to Journey with Jesus and His Church at the Border. California Pacific Annual Conference, 2014.

Lee, Cameron, Candace Shields, and Kirsten S. Oh, “Theological Education in a Multicultural Environment: Empowerment or Disempowerment?,” Theological Education 43, no. Fall (2008). This project was funded by Wabash to study the pedagogy and campus climate issues related to educating a culturally diverse body of students through both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Oh, Kirsten S., “Bi-Cultural Spirituality,” in Harmonic—A Newsletter of the Allen J. Moore Multicultural Resource and Research Center at Claremont School of Theology, Fall 2008.


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