Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care
College of Wooster, B.A., 1983
Yale Divinity School, M.Div., 1986
Claremont School of Theology, M.A., 1996
Claremont School of Theology, Ph.D., 2000
Yale Divinity School, Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 1998-2010
Joined Eden faculty, 2010
Kristen Leslie joined the Eden faculty for the fall 2010 semester as our Professor of Pastoral Care and Theology. Dr. Leslie comes to Eden from Yale Divinity School, where she taught in Pastoral Care and Counseling.
She has a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, and a Doctorate from Claremont School of Theology.
Dr. Leslie’s research has focused on intercultural pastoral theology; womanist and feminist
pastoral counseling; pastoral theological implications of sexualized violence, particularly on pastoral counseling issues for survivors of acquaintance rape; and ministry in higher education with young adults. She has taught many specialized courses on pastoral care, and has led international travel seminars to Bosnia, Croatia and Australia.
She has worked with chaplains at the United States Air Force Academy on issues of sexualized violence and religious intolerance. In 2005, Professor Leslie co-authored the report that brought to light the problem of Christian proselytizing at the Air Force Academy.
Dr. Leslie is the author of Three Decades of Women Writing for Their Lives in Feminist and Womanist Pastoral Theology, and the book, When Violence Is No Stranger: Pastoral Care and Counseling with Survivors of Acquaintance Rape. She has prepared and presented numerous journal articles and public lectures on pastoral care, chaplaincy and spiritual care after rape. She occasionally is called on as a consultant for matters related to clergy misconduct, religious intolerance and sexualized violence.
Dr. Leslie is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has served on several different governing boards for the denomination.