Barbara Blodgett

Donald and Lillian Nunnelly Assistant Professor in Pastoral Leadership 

B.A.        Wesleyan University      1983
M.Div.   Yale Divinity School         1987
Ph.D.     Yale University                  2000

Barbara Blodgett joined the faculty at LTS in 2012.  She is a minister, educator, and ethicist.  She has been an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ since 1987 and has served in parish ministry as well as the national setting of the UCC.  Dr. Blodgett received an MDiv from Yale Divinity School and a PhD from the Ethics Program of the Religious Studies Department at Yale University.  She specializes in practical and professional ethics, especially the ethics of ministry and the ethics of trust.  Dr. Blodgett is also a field educator, having served as Director of Supervised Ministries at Yale Divinity School from 1998-2009.  She is an active member of the Association for Theological Field Education.  At YDS she created and developed a program, Leadership in Public Ministry, teaching seminarians the skills of leadership for church and world.

Dr. Blodgett has published three books: Constructing the Erotic: Sexual Ethics and Adolescent Girls, Lives Entrusted: An Ethic of Trust for Ministry, and Becoming the Pastor You Hope to Be: Four Practices for Improving Ministry.  She has also written for the journal Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry.  She leads workshops and continuing education events for seminarians, clergy, and other leaders on the topics of excellence, ethics, and leadership.  She has also taught undergraduate seminars on professional ethics and has a special interest in pedagogy and contextual education.

Dr. Blodgett has been involved in broad based community organizing and enjoys classical and folk music, Stott pilates, biking, kayaking, sewing, and cooking.