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Richard R. Osmer

Ralph B. and Helen S. Ashenfelter Professor of Mission and Evangelism

Richard R. Osmer
Practical Theology
23 Tennent Hall

Phone: 609.497.7910
Fax: 609.279.9014
[email protected]
Presbyterian

Profile
Richard Osmer is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Ralph B. and Helen S. Ashenfelter Professor of Mission and Evangelism. He holds an MDiv from Yale University and a PhD from Emory University. His interests include the teaching ministry of congregations, practical theology, and interdisciplinary thinking, and his courses cover educational psychology and practical theology, children’s literature in Christian moral education, confirmation and catechism, and the social functions of religion, ethics, and education in theories of modernity and postmodernity. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he chairs the Committee to Write New Catechisms for the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Select Publications

  • The Teaching Ministry of Congregations (Westminster John Knox Press, 2005)
  • Confirmation: Presbyterian Practices in Ecumenical Perspective (Geneva Press, 1996) 
  • A Teachable Spirit: Recovering the Teaching Office of the Church (Westminster John Knox Press, 1990)

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Scholar and Theological Educator

Kathleen M. O’Connor , Class of 1984

“Informal time in discussion groups with faculty and students discussing feminist theological literature, altered my views, excited my spirit, and greatly influenced my teaching.”