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Joyce Ann Mercer

Joyce Ann Mercer is the Horace Bushnell Professor of Christian Nurture and Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care at Yale Divinity School. She joined the YDS faculty in January 2016, following ten years at Virginia Theological Seminary as Arthur Lee Kinsolving Chair in Pastoral and Practical Theology. She previously taught at the Graduate Theological Union, and at Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines.

Her work focuses on practices of care in diverse contexts including post-conflict areas of Southeast Asia, children in the consumer culture of the US, addictions in family systems, and the religious lives of adolescent girls. She recently co-edited Conundrums in Practical Theology (Brill, 2016). She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA.

Mercer edits the international scholarly journal Religious Education and is the current president of the Association of Practical Theology. She has served as co-chair of the steering committee of the Practical Theology Group in the American Academy of Religion, and is on the board of the Religious Education Association. Professor Mercer is a member of the International Academy of Practical Theology.


Books by Joyce Ann Mercer