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Kirsten S. Oh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Practical Theology
Phone: 626-815-6000, Ext. 5811
Fax: 626-815-5469
The Rev. Kirsten Oh, Ph.D., is an ordained elder in full connection in the California Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Biola University, an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and her Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Oh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Practical Theology under the Division of Religion and Philosophy. She also represents the United Methodist Church at the National Council of Churches of Christ Faith and Order commission. Prior to coming to teach at Azusa Pacific University, she was the Dean of Student Life at the Claremont School of Theology and has served as pastor of several United Methodist Churches in Southern California, particularly as a youth and young adult pastor. She regularly preaches and lectures at churches and retreats, and she remains an active member of First United Methodist Church, Pasadena. Along with Dr. Cameron Lee, Oh worked on a published Wabash research project: “Theological Education in a Multicultural Environment: Empowerment or Disempowerment?” (Theological Education 43, no. 2, Fall 2008). Oh also published a chapter in Mirrored Reflections, “Irit Redeemed: Casting My Lot With Lot's Wife,” in 2010. Her areas of scholarship interest include, but are not limited to, the intersection between narrative theology and narrative therapy. Dr. Oh is married to Scott Russell and enjoys living her life to the fullest in Christ. Her hobbies include music, reading, swimming, hiking, and traveling.


  • Ph.D., Practical Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., Master of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • B.A. (Summa Cum Laude), Biblical Studies, Biola University


  • Teaching Methodology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Counseling, Arcadia Lay Counseling Center


School of Theology

  • Department of Practical Theology

Courses Taught

  • MIN 108 – Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry
  • MINC 105 – Introduction to Global Vision
  • MINY 403 – Adolescent Issues and Intervention