Graduate Theological Union


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Kirsi Stjerna

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
First Lutheran, Los Angeles/Southwest Synod Professor of Lutheran History and Theology

At GTU since 2015

Yii-Jan Lin

Pacific School of Religion
Assistant Professor of New Testament

At GTU since 2013

Ph.D., Yale University, 2014
MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2005
MA, University of Chicago, 2000

BA, Pomona College, 1999

Phone: 510/849-8217


Rita Sherma

Director of the Hindu Studies Initiative
Associate Professor of Dharma Studies
Core Doctoral Faculty Member
At GTU since 2015
PhD, Claremont Graduate University, 2002
MA, Claremont Graduate University, 1997
BAdmin, University of Ottawa

Justin Gable, O.P.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

At GTU since 2014

Ph.D., Fordham University, 2007
M.A., Fordham University, 2001
B.A., University of San Francisco, 1998

Phone: 510/883-7152

George R. Murphy, S.J.

Lecturer in Christian Spirituality and Director of Spiritual Formation
At GTU since 1985
A.B. Boston College, 1965
M.A. Boston College, 1966
M.Div. Boston College, 1971
Phone: 510/549-5018

Som Pourfarzaneh

Lecturer in Islamic Studies
At GTU since 2014
B.A., University of California, Berkeley 2003
M.A.S.C., Starr King School for the Ministry, 2007
Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 2013
Phone: 510/649-2563

Shauna Hannan

Associate Professor of Homiletics
Core Doctoral Faculty Member
At GTU since 2014
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary
Phone: 510/559-2720

Hung Pham, S.J., S.T.D.

Assistant Professor of Ignatian Spirituality
At GTU since 2013
S.T.D., Comillas Pontificia Universidad de Madrid
M.Div., S.T.L., Weston Jesuit School of Theology
M.A. Philosophy, Saint Louis University
B.S., Regis University

Phone: 510/549-5024

Alison Benders

Associate Dean
At GTU since 2014
Ph.D., Boston College, 2006
M.A., Boston College, 2003
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1982
B.A., Yale University, 1979
Phone: 510/549-5055
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