Pacific School of Religion (PSR) has announced that North Alabama Conference elder Rev. Thomas G. Hermans-Webster will serve as Assistant Professor of United Methodist Studies beginning July 2021.
David Vásquez-Levy, President of PSR located in Berkeley, California, stated in the January 4 announcement, “Rev. Hermans-Webster will be a great asset on our faculty and deepen our capacity to fulfill our mission. He brings a passion for the formation of spiritually rooted leaders committed to social justice, a distinguished academic preparation, and advocacy and research around environmental justice.”
Rev. Hermans-Webster is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Constructive Theology and Theological Ethics at Boston University School of Theology. His work weaves process, sacramental, ecological, and Wesleyan theologies as a Christian adaptive response to the interlocking crises within global climate change. His dissertation’s working title is: “A Process Theology of the Eucharist for Planetary Dining,” where he explores how the Christian meal teaches churches how to seek justice in all of their meals because of their encounter with God’s love at the table.
Dr. Sharon Jacob, who chaired the PSR search committee, said, “Rev. Hermans-Webster's work around ecological justice, his scholarship in Methodist studies, his desire and passion to work on issues related to gender, sexuality, and racial justice embody the mission and vision of our school. We look forward to the ways in which his scholarship and his pedagogy will add to the formation of our students and our community at large.”
Tom is a lifelong United Methodist and was ordained an elder in North Alabama in 2019. He received a Master of Divinity at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion at Birmingham-Southern College.