Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
Expertise: 21st-century Roman Catholic and Protestant theology, feminist theology, and liberation theology
At North Park since: 2008
What Dr. Mary Veeneman has learned in her graduate theological studies and research is that helpful answers sometimes come from unexpected places. As a researcher, her expertise lies in both Catholic and evangelical theology, two very different traditions on the surface.
“But the strengths of each tradition are needed in the other,” says Dr. Veeneman, who believes that campus diversity can have the same effect, bringing valuable insight from differing perspectives. That’s a big reason why she chose to teach at North Park. Dr. Veeneman earned her PhD in Systematic Theology from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, one of the most diverse boroughs of the nation’s biggest city.
“After living in the Bronx, I couldn’t see myself teaching in suburban setting,” Veeneman says. “I very specifically wanted to be at North Park because it’s a Christian school that values diversity—not just cultural, but countries of origin, and religious identity—and is very intentional about being in an urban setting. I’m surprised every day by the experience of my students and what they bring to the classroom.”
Veeneman is an active researcher of systemic theology, a regular contributor to scholarly journals, and a presenter at national theological conferences. Her latest book project compares the theological method—exactly how one develops theology, and what sources are used—among Catholic, protestant, and evangelical traditions.
- PhD, Fordham University, Systematic Theology
- Advanced Certificate in Ethics, Fordham University
- Mary Veeneman. Introducing Methods of Theology, Baker Academic (forthcoming).
- Mary Veeneman. "The Use of Scripture in Catholic Social Teaching's Vision of the Family," Ex Auditu, (forthcoming).