Edward F. and Phyllis K. Campbell Professor of Urban Ministry; Interim Dean of Faculty
Deborah J. Kapp joined the faculty of McCormick in the summer of 1995 as assistant professor of ministry. She was later named Associate Professor of Ministry and served as Interim Dean of the Faculty in 2004-2005. In 2006, she became the Edward F. and Phyllis K. Campbell Professor of Urban Ministry.
Deborah was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in Pittsburgh, and graduated from Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island in 1971. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1975 and has a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in sociology from Loyola University Chicago.
From 1991 to 1995, Deborah served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Hartford, Connecticut. For ten years prior, she served as Associate Pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. During that time, she also taught at McCormick as adjunct professor in advanced homiletics. From 1977 to 1980, she was associate for women's program of the Program Agency of the UPC (USA), serving United Presbyterian Women in presbyteries and synods. She began her ordained ministry as an interim assistant pastor at Central Presbyterian Church in Montclair, New Jersey in 1975.
While in Chicago, Deborah served on several presbytery committees and was moderator of the Presbytery of Chicago in 1990. From 1983 to 1986, she was a member of the Working Team of UPW and Women of the Church, two organizations which united with the formation of the PC(USA).
In addition to teaching in the area of urban ministry, Deborah teaches congregational leadership in both the masters and doctoral programs. She is the author of Worship Frames: How We Shape and Interpret Our Experience of God (Alban Institute, 2008).
Deborah is married to Anthony Ruger, and they have two sons, Peter and Geoffrey.
B.A. Brown University
M.Div. Union Theological Seminary, New York
M.A., Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago
MUM 315: Introduction to Urban Ministry
MUM 325: The Church and Social Change
MIN 402: Congregational Life and Leadership
MUM 425: Food
MUM/E 322: Globalization and Food
M 647: When Three or More Are Gathered: Group Dynamics and Leadership
M 707: From Revivals to Worship Wars