Graduate Theological Union

Biography of GTU Dean Arthur Holder

Arthur HolderThe Reverend Arthur G. Holder is Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs and John Dillenberger Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. From 1995 until 2002, he was Dean of Academic Affairs at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (a founding member of the GTU), where he had previously served as Director of Field Education. He is a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of California.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Dean Holder received his A.B. magna cum laude from Duke University in 1973 and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1976 and later returned to Duke as a Medieval and Renaissance Fellow, receiving his Ph.D. in Historical Theology in 1987.

Dean Holder's recent teaching responsibilities have included doctoral seminars in the theory and methods of Christian spirituality as an academic discipline and advanced courses in the history of Christian spirituality. His translations from the Latin have appeared in Bede: On the Tabernacle (Liverpool University Press, 1994), Bede: A Biblical Miscellany (Liverpool University Press, 1998), and The Venerable Bede: On the Song of Songs and Selected Writings (Paulist Press, 2011). He is the author of numerous articles on biblical interpretation, pastoral ministry, and education in early and medieval Christianity. He is also the editor of The Blackwell Companion to  Christian Spirituality (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005) and Christian Spirituality: The Classics (Routledge, 2010).

Dean Holder is a Past President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and former co-chair of the Christian Spirituality Group in the American Academy of Religion.