Frederick Edie

Associate Professor of the Practice of Christian Education


309 Gray

Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968


B.A., Furman University
M.Div., Vanderbilt Divinity School
Ph.D., Emory University

Fred Edie grew up on the Isle of Hope just east of Savannah, Ga. He holds a B.A. degree from Furman University, an M.Div. from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. from Emory University. Edie is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has served congregations on both coasts in youth and educational ministries. At Duke, Edie teaches courses in Christian Education, youth ministry, and practical theology. His research interests include exploring the relationships between Christian Worship and Christian identity, creating rich contexts for the formation of Christians, and constructing “full-bodied” epistemologies.

Edie’s book, Book, Bath, Table and Time, explores what goes on at DYA and, in particular, suggests how congregational youth ministries may benefit from attention to corporate worship as a crucial zone of formation for youth.

Edie is married and a parent to two teenagers. He professes something of an addiction to cycling.




  • Kenda Creasy Dean and Ron Foster, The God Bearing Life
  • Patricia Hersch, A Tribe Apart: A Journey into the Heart of American Adolescence
  • Charles R. Foster, Educating Congregations: The Future of Christian Education
  • Daniel Benedict, Come to the Waters: Baptism & Our Ministry of Welcoming Seekers & Making Disciples
  • G. Simon Harak, Virtuous Passions: The Formation of Christian Character
  • Antonio R. Damasio, Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain