Dean Elaine Heath has announced the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Christopher Beeley as professor of theology at Duke Divinity School effective July 1, 2018. Beeley will also serve as the Jack and Barbara Bovender Professor of Anglican Episcopal Studies and Ministry, and director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies.
Beeley holds a B.A. from Washington and Lee University, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.
“We are delighted to welcome Christopher Beeley to Duke,” said Heath. “He is an outstanding scholar, teacher, and colleague who is highly respected in the ecclesial world as well as in academia. Dr. Beeley’s interdisciplinary expertise in early Christianity bridges the gap between historical and theological studies, with an increasing focus in constructive theology. His background as a clinical psychologist provides additional remarkable strength to our students and community. Dr. Beeley will offer outstanding leadership to the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies, and his scholarship and teaching will be wonderful assets to the Divinity School.”
Beeley is currently Walter H. Gray Associate Professor of Anglican Studies and Patristics at Yale University and teaches early Christian theology and history and modern Anglican tradition. He is the author of Leading God’s People: Wisdom from the Early Church for Today (Eerdmans, 2012), The Unity of Christ: Continuity and Conflict in Patristic Tradition (Yale University Press, 2012), and Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God (Oxford University Press, 2008), which was the winner of a John Templeton Award for Theological Promise. Beeley is the editor of the Patristic Monograph Series and a director of the North American Patristics Society. An Episcopal priest, he has served parishes in Connecticut, Indiana, Texas, and Virginia.