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Karen Murphy

Affiliate Associate Professor of Historical Theology

BA, Seattle Pacific University
MA, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary


Karen Murphy is affiliate associate professor of historical theology at Fuller Theological Seminary where she teaches historical theology and global Christianity. In addition, she is adjunct professor of Christian studies at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, where she teaches the history and theology of Christianity. Her primary areas of research include ecumenism, Pentecostalism, and Catholicism with secondary interests in Christian spirituality, the mystics, women in Christianity, and Celtic Christianity. She served as a member of the Roman Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue in Los Angeles, California, from 2006–2015 and was an observer of the International Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue in 2011. She currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Chris, who is an ordained Presbyterian minister, and two daughters Catherine and Chiara.


Pentecostals and Roman Catholics on Becoming a Christian: Spirit-Baptism, Faith, Conversion, Experience, and Discipleship in Ecumenical Perspective. Leiden: Brill, 2018.