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Kirsten Sonkyo Oh

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

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

Areas of Expertise

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


Kirsten Sonkyo 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 also currently 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 she cochairs 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.

Download Oh’s CV, which includes a list of her current publications, here.

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