Faculty Friday: Dr. Barbara Blodgett

Who: The Rev. Dr. Barbara J. Blodgett

  • B.A., Wesleyan University, 1983
  • M.Div., Yale Divinity School, 1987
  • Ph.D., Yale University, 2000
  • Dr. Blodgett joined the LTS faculty in 2012.

Dr. Barbara Blodgett

Dr. Blodgett is the Donald and Lillian Nunnelly Assistant Professor in Pastoral Leadership at Lexington Theological Seminary. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, having served in parish ministry and in its national offices. In addition to her expertise in the field of ethics and leadership, Dr. Blodgett is also a field educator and is an active member of the Association for Theological Field Education. She was part of the Association of Theological Schools’ (ATS) working group which has begun to develop standards for online theological education for the 21st century and beyond. She continues to develop assessment tools that are creative, contextual, and relevant for students as part of a grant study funded by the Wabash Center.

Best known for: In terms of publications, Dr. Blodgett is best known for two of her books: Becoming the Pastor You Hope to Be: Four Practices for Improving Ministry and Lives Entrusted: An Ethic of Trust for Ministry. In terms of teaching at LTS, she is probably best known for body sculptures. She is committed to offering students a variety of ways to engage with what they are learning and to demonstrate their competence, and this light-hearted theater game has proven amazingly consistent in doing both.

Why I teach at LTS: “The heart of my calling to ministry is educating and forming people to love and serve God and to live faithful lives as followers of Christ. I define educational ministry broadly, following the command in Deuteronomy 6:4 that we are to love God with all our heart, and soul, and might. Our whole selves are engaged and committed to learning and living this out. Correspondingly, my own ministerial career has encompassed many roles: serving as a Christian educator in a local church, teaching professional ethics to college students, directing a theological field education program, and now teaching pastoral leadership. While seemingly disparate activities, these are all connected by the common mission of educating and forming others.”