Debra Dean Murphy

Debra Dean Murphy is associate professor of religious studies at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She has also taught at Meredith College, Campbell Divinity School, and Duke Divinity School, and worked for six years as Director of Christian Formation at Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church in suburban Raleigh, North Carolina.

She is the author of  Happiness, Health, and Beauty: The Christian Life in Everyday Terms (Cascade 2015) and Teaching that Transforms: Worship as the Heart of Christian Education (Brazos 2004). She co-authored  The Shape of Our Lives and The Shape of God’s Reign, study guides in the Congregational Formation Initiative of the Ekklesia Project, and her articles and essays have appeared in journals such as Modern Theology, Theology Today, Scottish Journal of Theology, Liturgy, Cross Currents, and The Christian Century. Her blog, “Intersections: Thoughts on Religion, Culture, and Politics.” is regularly featured by The Christian Century, Sojourners, and, and On Being.

Debra enjoys swimming, running, yoga, cooking, and reading poetry–not necessarily in that order.