Slate of Candidates

Vice President


Steve Long, Ph.D.

Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics
Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology
Dallas, TX

Ph.D., Duke University, 1991
M.Div., Duke University Divinity School, 1987
B.A., Taylor University, 1982

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Sharon Tan, Ph.D.

Acting Dean
Eden Theological Seminary
St. Louis, MO

Oral Roberts University, B.Sc., 1986
Candler School of Theology, Emory University, M.T.S., 1991
Emory University, J.D., 1991
Emory University, Ph.D., 2003
Joined Eden Faculty, 2018

Dr. Sharon Tan serves as Eden’s Acting Dean of the Seminary. Her responsibilities at Eden include a special focus on three areas:

  1. Assuring continuity of the Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies and Doctor of Ministries degree programs,
  2. Assisting Eden in its Accreditation Process with the ATS and HLC, and
  3. Moving programmatic elements of Eden’s strategic plan forward.

Dr. Tan is a teacher and scholar in theological ethics, with specialties in Asian American Christian ethics, comparative religious ethics, justice, reconciliation and religious studies. Dr. Tan’s published works include the book, The Reconciliation of Races and Classes: How Religion Contributes to Politics and Law.

Dr. Tan was dean of United Theological Seminary (Twin Cities) before assuming her present position.


Board of Directors

Joseph Blosser, Ph.D., M.Div

Robert G. Culp Jr. Director of Service Learning
Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy
Founding Director of the HPU Bonner Leader Program
Founding Director of the HPU AmeriCorps VISTA Program
Founding Director of the Civic Responsibility and Social Innovation Degree
High Point University
High Point, NC

Ph.D. University of Chicago (2011): Religious Ethics
M.Div Vanderbilt University (2005): Theology, Preaching, and Ethics
B.S. Texas Christian University (2002): Religion and Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude

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Victor Carmona, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
University of San Diego
San Diego, CA

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, Graduate School, Moral Theology and Christian Ethics, 2015
M.T.S., University of Notre Dame, Graduate School, Moral Theology and Christian Ethics, 2006
B.S.F.S., cum laude, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, International Relations, Law, and Organizations, 1998

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Agnes Chiu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, Systematic Theology, and Public Theology
China Evangelical Seminary North American
West Covina, CA

Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary (2017): Christian Ethics
J.D., University of California Los Angeles School of Law (1991)
M.A. Biblical Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary (2010)
B.A. Social Ecology, University of California Irvine

Mrs. Agnes Chiu, a native of Hong Kong, received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), majoring in Social Ecology with a Criminal Justice specialization. In 1991, Mrs. Chiu graduated and obtained the Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, one of the top law schools in the United States.

After being admitted to the California State Bar in 1992, Mrs. Chiu worked for the now-retired Justice Vaino Spencer of the California Court of Appeals, Second Appellate District. She then joined the law firm Gilbert, Kelly, Crowley & Jennet as an associate attorney, practicing employment law and insurance defense litigation.

In 1995, Mrs. Chiu started her law practice. Mrs. Chiu utilizes her court and litigation experience to assist businesses and clients to meet their various legal needs. In 1996, Mrs. Chiu began serving as a panel arbitrator for the Los Angeles Superior Court. Mrs. Chiu is sincere and experienced in litigation.

Mrs. Chiu received her Master's Degree in Biblical Studies (M.A. 2010) and her Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D. 2017) from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. From July 2016 to December 2019, Mrs. Chiu was the associate professor at China Evangelical Seminary North America, teaching Systematic Theology, Christian Ethics, and Public Theology.

Mrs. Chiu is a learned scholar of theologian Abraham Kuyper. She continues her research at the Vrije Universiteit, the Netherlands. To focus on research and writing on Kuyper, since 2020, Mrs. Chiu became an adjunct professor to spend more time writing. Meanwhile, she continues to use her legal knowledge to serve the community.

Karen Guth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA

Ph.D., Religious Ethics, University of Virginia
M.T.S, Religion and Society, Harvard University
M.Th., Literature, Theology, and the Arts, University of Glasgow
B.A., Religion, Furman University

Karen V. Guth is an associate professor of Religious Studies and is affiliated with the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and the Peace and Conflict Studies programs at the College. She holds a Ph.D in religious ethics from the University of Virginia, an M.T.S. in Religion and Society from Harvard, and an M.Th. in Literature, Theology, and the Arts from the University of Glasgow. She received her B.A. in religion from Furman University. Before coming to Holy Cross, Professor Guth was a postdoctoral fellow in Religious Practices and Practical Theology at Emory University (2011-2012) and an assistant professor at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN (2012-2016).

Professor Guth’s areas of specialization include Christian social ethics, public and political theologies, and feminist ethics and theologies. She is the author of Christian Ethics at the Boundary: Feminism and Theologies of Public Life (Fortress, 2015), which places the theologies of Reinhold Niebuhr, John Howard Yoder, and Martin Luther King Jr. in dialogue with feminist and womanist theologies to identify new trajectories for the field of Christian ethics. Her current book project, tentatively titled The Ethics of Tainted Legacies: Human Flourishing after Traumatic Pasts, explores the ethical ramifications of engaging religious, political, and cultural traditions implicated in past wrongs.

Aline Kalbian, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Religion
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL Ph.D., Religion and Ethics, University of Virginia (1996)
M.A., Religion and Ethics, University of Virginia (1990)
B.S., Religion, Smith College (1982)

Aline Kalbian teaches courses in religious ethics, medical ethics, gender and ethics, and Catholic ethics. Kalbian is an affiliate of The Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law at the FSU College of Medicine. She is also co-editor (with Martin Kavka) of the Journal of Religious Ethics. Her research focuses on the way moral traditions develop and change over time, especially on matters pertaining to gender, sexuality, and medicine. Her new book Sex, Violence, Justice: Contraception and the Catholic Church was published in 2014.

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Eboni Marshall Turman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology and African American Religion
Yale University
New Haven, CT

Ph.D., Christian Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary (2010)
M.Phil., Christian Social Ethics and African American Religion, Union Theological Seminary (2008)
M.Div., Christian Social ethics and African American Religion, Union Theological Seminary (2005)
B.A., Philosophy, Fordham University (2002)

Eboni Marshall Turman teaches constructive theology, ethics, and African American religion at Yale University Divinity School.  Her research interests include the varieties of 20th century US theological liberalisms, most especially Black and womanist theological, social ethical, and theo-aesthetic traditions. In addition to several journal articles and book chapters, she is the author of Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation: Black Bodies, the Black Church, and the Council of Chalcedon(link is external). Her current book project is tentatively titled, Black Woman’s Burden: Male Power, Gender Violence, and the Scandal of African American Social Christianity, and she has recently begun preliminary research for her third monograph titled, Loves the Spirit: The Black Womanist Theological Idea.  She is a 2018 recipient of the Inspire Yale award, and a 2018 recipient of the Yale University Bouchet Faculty Excellence award for research and teaching. Dr. Turman co-chairs the Black Theology group of the American Academy of Religion and serves on the executive board of the Society for the Study of Black Religion.  A retired concert dancer and ordained minister of the Gospel in the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., Dr. Turman formerly served as the Assistant Minister of the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem for over ten years, where she was the youngest woman ordained to the gospel ministry and the second woman to serve the ordinances in its 211-year history. You may follow Dr. Turman @ebonithoughts.

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Board of Directors - Student


Nathan Hershberger, MA

Ph.D. Student, Christian Theological Studies, Duke University
M.A., University of Virginia
B.A., Eastern Mennonite University

Nathan Hershberger is a third year PhD student in Christian Theological Studies. His work focuses on the relationship between scripture and ethics in the Christian tradition, particularly around issues of suffering and religious violence. He also has interests in Jewish and Islamic studies. Prior to coming to Duke he volunteered for three years in northern Iraq with a relief and development organization.

Nelly Wamaitha 

Ph.D. Student, Ethics and Society, Emory University

Nelly Wamaitha is pursuing her doctorate in Ethics and Society at Laney Graduate School, Emory University. Prior to her academic career Nelly worked as a lawyer in Nairobi, Kenya and in London. Before coming to Emory, she studied law at Duke University and theological studies at the University of Oxford.  Her current research is focused on the role the law has played in infrastructure development projects in Kenya’s history and how this has sustained economic inequality between Kenya and its more developed “development partners.”