An ordained pastor, New Testament scholar, and theological educator, Dr. Nancy Claire Pittman has broad teaching and research interests at the intersections of biblical studies and ministerial identity and leadership. Before being named Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean in 2013, she served as the Director of Phillips Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program, one she revised around the theme of pastoral leadership, reenlivening a rich conversation among faculty members at PTS and pastors from all over the United States around current topics and concerns in ministry in the 21st century. As an overseas missionary jointly appointed by the Common Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ, she previously served for seven years as Assistant Professor of New Testament Studies at Tainan Theological College and Seminary, Tainan, Taiwan. She has also served in several pastoral positions, most recently as Minister of First Christian Church, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Although she joined the regular full-time faculty of PTS in July 2005 in the Practice of Ministry, she had previously served as an adjunct member of the faculty since 2001 in New Testament and Preaching, offering courses such as The Gospel of John, Interpreting the Book of Revelation, Introduction to Preaching, and Preaching the Lectionary.
In addition to numerous sermons in books and journals, Dr. Pittman has recently published New Proclamation, Series A, Easter through Christ the King, 2011 (Augsburg Fortress Publishers 2011). She has also contributed to the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology in the area of preaching and hymns, written homiletical essays for Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year C, Volume II (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), “Ties That Bind Too Tightly: A Reflection on Relinquishment and Self-Differentiation in Women’s Leadership,” in A Passion for Christian Unity: Essays in Honor of William Tabbernee edited by John M. Imbler (Chalice Press, 2009) and “The Epistolary Tradition: James, 1-3 John, 1-2 Peter, Jude,” in The Chalice Introduction to the New Testament, ed. Dennis E. Smith (Chalice Press, 2004). Dr. Pittman also publishes adult Sunday School curricula including “God’s Project: Effective Christians,” in The New International Lesson Annual 2004-2005 (The United Methodist Publishing House, 2004) and “New Creation in Christ” in Mature Years, Spring 2009 (The United Methodist Publishing House, 2009).
Dr. Pittman continues to engage in research in the Book of Revelation and the Gospel of John, particularly as they relate to current images of faithful and faithless community, understandings of ministerial leadership in the 21st century, and women in pastoral leadership. She is currently working on a book project at these intersections and contemporary ecclesiolatry.
Dr. Pittman is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and an accredited spiritual director. She is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Spiritual Directors International, and a founding member of the Forrest-Moss Institute.