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Judith Tiersma Watson

Senior Associate Professor of Urban Mission

As senior faculty at Fuller, this professor primarily mentors students and only occasionally, if ever, teaches courses.

BA, Westmont CollegeMA, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Courses Taught

MM500: Spirituality and MissionMM568: Self-Care in MissionMN520: Encountering the CityMN534/634: Complex Urban EnvironmentsMN536: Urban Immersion: Transforming the CityMN540: Urban Church PlantingSP500: Spiritual Traditions and Practices

Campus Affiliations

Fuller Youth Institute

Areas of Expertise

Urban mission and contemplation, self-care and member care for urban workers, spirituality and mission, healing paths for urban youth

“The problem with a lot of us is that we spend so much time learning about all the things that are happening in the world—we spend a lot more time there than in the Bible. So what does it mean to listen to God not just at Saint Andrew’s Monastery, but als


Dr. Tiersma Watson, reflecting on the value of silence in urban contexts, in a video reflection available here.


Judith (“Jude”) Tiersma Watson is Senior associate professor of urban mission in the School of Intercultural Studies. Born in the Netherlands, Tiersma Watson immigrated with her family to the United States as a child. After college, she taught fifth grade

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