Religion faculty

James K. Mead, Ph.D.

Professor of Religion
Department Chair

Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary
M.A., M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary
B.A., Georgetown University

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Now ordained in the Reformed Church in America, Dr. Mead served as a Presbyterian pastor for 11 years prior to entering Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned a doctorate in biblical studies. His research interests include Old Testament prophets as well as the theology of the Old Testament’s historical books. In 2007 Westminster John Knox Press published a textbook by Dr. Mead entitled Biblical Theology: Issues, Methods, and Themes.



    • For the past five years, Dr. Mead's major area of scholarly work has been in biblical theology. His introductory textbook for that field was published by Westminster John Knox in 2007. During a sabbatical in 2009-10, he studied Jewish biblical theology, particularly as the theological methods and themes of the primary sources (e.g. Mishnah and Talmudim) suggest points of contact for Christian biblical theology.

    Professional experience

    • Pastoral Interim, Old Tennent Presbyterian Church, Tennent, New Jersey
    • Teaching Fellow, Princeton Theological Seminary
    • Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Magnolia, Arkansas
    • Pastor, Vidalia Presbyterian Church, Vidalia, Louisiana


    • Society of Biblical Literature
    • Institute for Biblical Research
    • Ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1984


    • Northwestern Endowed Research Fellowship, 2009
    • Teaching Excellence Award, Northwestern College, 2004
    • Howard Clark Kee Presentation Award, for best student paper at the Mid-Atlantic Regional of the Society of Biblical Literature, 1998