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Yamada, Frank

President, McCormick Theological Seminary

The Reverend Dr. Frank M. Yamada is the President and Cyrus McCormick Professor of Bible and Culture at McCormick Theological Seminary. He is the first Asian American to serve as president of a PC(USA) seminary.

Prior to becoming president, Dr. Yamada was the Director of the Center for Asian American Ministries and Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at McCormick. He also taught Hebrew Bible/Old Testament for nine years at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.

He has numerous published essays and is the author of Configurations of Rape in the Hebrew Bible: A Literary Analysis of Three Rape Narratives and an editor for and contributor to The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible and The Peoples’ Bible, a cross-cultural study bible.

Dr. Yamada is a leading voice and sought-after speaker on the future of the church and theological education. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.

Frank received his Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Southern California College. He earned his Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he studied Hebrew Bible with an emphasis in hermeneutics, feminist theory, and culturally-contextual biblical interpretation.

As an active member of the academy, Frank belongs to the Society of Biblical Literature, where he has served as a co-chair and steering committee member of the Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics Group. He is currently on the steering committee of the Feminist Hermeneutics of the Bible Section and is serving on the Committee for Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession. He is a member of the Ethnic Chinese Biblical Colloquium and the American Academy of Religion. He is also co-chair for the Managing Board of the Asian Pacific Americans and Religion Research Initiative annual conference.

Frank is married to Michelle Yamada. They live in Evanston with their two children, Stephen and Adam, and their beloved Australian shepherd mix dog, Roy.


B. A., Southern California College (Vanguard University)
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary


B 300: Intro to Biblical Studies
B 301: Reading from Cultural Spaces: the Difference that Culture Makes in Biblical Interpretation
BXXX: Joshua and Judges
I 301: Pilgrimage in Faithfulness


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