Robert C. Dykstra

Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology

Robert C. Dykstra
Practical Theology
108 Hodge Hall

Phone: 609.252.2115
Fax: 609.497.7728

Robert C. Dykstra, MDiv '82, PhD '90, is the Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he has served since 1997. He earned his PhD and MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his BA from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Before coming to Princeton he taught at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary as assistant and then associate professor of pastoral theology and congregational care. Dykstra’s academic interests include pastoral care and counseling, psychoanalytic theory, developmental psychology, contemporary issues impacting children and adolescents, human sexuality, pastoral preaching, and the integration of biblical and theological precepts with research in the human sciences. He is on the editorial boards of Pastoral Psychology and theJournal of Childhood and Religion and is cofounder of the annual scholarly conference “Group for New Directions in Pastoral Theology.”

A native of Minnesota, Dykstra is a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and an ordained Presbyterian minister. He served for a number of years as a minister, youth minister, hospital chaplain, and pastoral counselor.

Curriculum Vitae

Select Publications

  • The Faith and Friendships of Teenage Boys (Westminster John Knox Press, 2012)
  • Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys (with Allan Cole, Hugh Cole Jr., and Donald Capps, Westminster John Knox Press, 2007)
  • Images of Pastoral Care: Classic Readings (Chalice Press, 2005)
  • Discovering a Sermon: Personal Pastoral Preaching (Chalice Press, 2001)
  • Counseling Troubled Youth (Westminster John Knox Press, 1997)

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Chaplain at the Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Khristi Adams, Class of 2008

“At Princeton, we had precept groups—we’d engage text and debate. That gave me confidence to have those conversations anywhere.”