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Our student body is not only ethnically diverse, it is also boasts a variety of faith backgrounds.

Our student body is not only ethnically diverse, it is also boasts a variety of faith backgrounds.

Yamada, Frank

President, McCormick Theological Seminary

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Frank M. Yamada joined the faculty of McCormick Theological Seminary in the summer of 2008 as the Director of the Center for Asian American Ministries and Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible. Before coming to McCormick, Frank taught Hebrew Bible at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois for nine years, beginning as an Instructor in 1999 and receiving tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in the spring of 2008. He has also taught in the Course of Study at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, in the Association of Chicago Theological Schools' D.Min in Preaching program, and at McCormick Seminary, where he taught cultural interpretation of the Bible as an adjunct in 2005.

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 the author of Configurations of Rape in the Hebrew Bible: A Literary Analysis of Three Rape Narratives (Peter Lang, 2008), and he was an editor and contributor to The Peoples' Bible, a cross-cultural study bible from Augsburg Fortress Press (2008). His scholarship and writing has been featured in several edited collections, bible dictionaries, lectionary volumes, websites, and periodicals such as The Christian Century.

As a minister of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U. S. A.), Frank regularly preaches and leads adult education series and workshops throughout the Chicago area.

Frank is married to Michelle Yamada. They live in Evanston with their two children, Stephen (18) and Adam (15), 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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