Kirsten S. Oh, PhD

Professor, Department of Practical Theology

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5811
Fax: (626) 815-5469
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Rev. Kirsten Oh, PhD, is an ordained elder in full connection in the California Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and represents the United Methodist Church at the National Council of Churches of Christ Faith and Order commission. Prior to arriving at Azusa Pacific University, she was the associate 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 Cameron Lee and Candace Shields, Oh worked on a published Wabash research project titled “Theological Education in a Multicultural Environment: Empowerment or Disempowerment?” (Theological Education, Vol. 43, No. 2, Fall 2008). Oh also published a chapter in Mirrored Reflections (Wipf & Stock, 2010) titled “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. 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.


  • PhD, Practical Theology (Pastoral Care and Counseling), Fuller Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • BA (Summa Cum Laude), Biblical Studies, Biola University


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

Academic Area

  • School of Theology
    • Department of Practical Theology

Courses Taught

  • MIN 108 – Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry
  • MINC 370 – Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • MINC 467 – Spiritual Transformation
  • MINY 226 – Studying and Teaching the Bible
  • MINY 400 – Christian Values and Human Sexuality
  • MINY 403 – Adolescent Issues and Intervention