2023-2024 Pathways Online Courses
Dr. Rachel Baard
Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics
Rachel Baard is Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics, and Director of the Master of Arts in Public Theology Program at Union Presbyterian Seminary.

A graduate of the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and of Princeton Theological Seminary, she is grounded in the Reformed Tradition, with a strong interest in its contemporary expressions, in particular with regard to human dignity and social justice.

Her first book, Sexism and Sin-Talk, was published by Westminster John Knox Press in 2019. She recently completed an edited manuscript for Lexington Press with the title, The Political Theology of Paul Tillich. She is currently working on a book in which she is incorporating the African concept of indaba (peacebuilding through dialogue) in conversations about Jesus Christ.

A member of the PC(USA), Rachel is passionate about the life of the church, theology, and reconciliation and peace building.


Dr. John Carroll
Professor of New Testament
John Carroll is Professor of New Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary and author of several books, including The Gospel of Luke: A Commentary for the Westminster John Knox New Testament Library (2012), Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction (Westminster John Knox, 2016), and The Holy Spirit in the New Testament (Abingdon, 2018).
Rev. Dr. Aram Feinberg
Adjunct Instructor

Aram graduated from Smith College, taught fifth grade before going to Princeton Seminary (M.Div.) and continued her theological education at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond (MACE). She completed her dissertation in practical theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she served as the director of family ministries at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. She has adjuncted seminary classes on evangelism and mission and is quite serious about faith matters in today’s context.

Rev. Dr. Feinberg is currently serving as the Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dr. Paul Galbreath
Retired UPSem Professor of Theology

Paul Galbreath is a former professor of theology and worship at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte and Richmond. He also served as an Associate for Worship in the Office of Theology and Worship as a member of the General Assembly staff for the PC(USA) as well as a pastor for several congregations in the Pacific Northwest.

His newest book is Word and Sacrament: Theological Movements of Reformed Worship (Westminster John Knox, 2024). He is also the author of a trilogy of books on the relationship of worship and daily life: Leading from the Table (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), Leading through the Water (Rowman & Littlefield), and Leading into the World (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). 



Dr. Cindy Kissel-Ito
Retired UPSem Associate Professor of Christian Education
Dr. Cindy Kissel-Ito is a former Associate Professor of Christian Education at Union Presbyterian Seminary. She also directed the Master of Arts in Christian Education Program at the seminary. Her ministry has consistently embodied the importance of intentional engagement in the Christian Life that is invigorated by teaching/learning the Bible. Dr. Kissel-Ito is a Presbyterian minister in the PC(USA) and lives in New Kent, Virginia, with her husband, son, and three Scottish Terriers. 
Dr. Christine Luckritz Marquis
Associate Professor of Church History
Christine Luckritz Marquis is Associate Professor of Church History at Union Presbyterian Seminary. After her M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School, Luckritz Marquis earned her Ph.D. in Early Christian Studies from Duke University. She has been teaching at Union since 2013. Her teaching and research explore early Christian communities and their practices, especially in Egypt and Syria. Her interests include memory and spatial practices, the role of violence in identity formation, material culture, and Christian interactions with neighboring Christians as well as non-Christians, especially early Muslims. Her first book, Death of the Desert, explores how memory and spatial practices were transformed by acts of violence among Egyptian ascetics (UPenn Press, 2022).


Dr. Joshua Morris
Assistant Professor, Practical Theology

Josh Morris is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and a Board-Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Prior to accepting the call to join the UPSem faculty, Dr. Morris served in pediatric healthcare for 11 years. Most recently as the Assistant Director of Spiritual Services at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Previously, he served as a staff chaplain at Children’s Mercy as well as 5 years as the Pediatric Staff Chaplain at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center/Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Morris also brings fifteen years of experience as an army chaplain in the United States Army Reserve. In previous army chaplain assignments, he served at various echelons throughout the United States and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

His previous teaching experiences include Visiting Professor of Chaplaincy Studies at Phillips Theological Seminary as well as adjunct professor of practical theology, spiritual care and counseling at Claremont School of Theology and Saint Paul School of Theology.

He is the author of Moral Injury Among Returning Veterans: From “Thank You for Your Service” to a Liberative Solidarity and numerous peer-reviewed articles in Pastoral PsychologyJournal of Pastoral Theology, and Reflective Practice. He speaks nationally and internationally on matters of moral injury, reintegration, and spiritual care.

Dr. Morris is passionate about cultivating ministers who embody compassion, integrate theory and practice, and harness a critical consciousness to boldly love God and love humanity.

Rev. Carson Rhyne
Adjunct Instructor of Practical Theology
H. Carson Rhyne, Jr. is a graduate of Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina, as well as Union Presbyterian Seminary of Richmond, Virginia. He has held various positions in the Presbyterian Church, including Pastor, Organizing Pastor, and General Presbyter and Stated Clerk. He has also been an instructor in Presbyterian Polity for Union Presbyterian Seminary since 2000.
Dr. Rich Voelz
Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship

Richard W. Voelz is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship at Union Presbyterian Seminary. He formerly served as senior minister of the Johns Creek Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), an open and affirming congregation in metro Atlanta, Georgia. He has over a decade of ministry experience in various contexts.

Dr. Voelz is a graduate of Vanderbilt University’s Graduate Department of Religion with a doctorate in homiletics and liturgics. His interests are in contemporary homiletic theory, particularly how preaching relates to the areas of critical pedagogy, adolescent youth, reproductive loss and adoption, and public proclamation.

He has authored four books, including Youthful Sermons (Working Preacher, 2022), Preaching to Teach: Inspire People to Think and Act (Abingdon Press, 2019), Tending the Tree of Life: Preaching and Worship Through Reproductive Loss and Adoption (Energion Publications, 2018), and Youthful Preaching: Strengthening the Relationship Between Youth, Adults, and Preaching (Cascade Books, 2016). In addition, he has contributed to Unmasking White Preaching (Lexington, 2022), Preaching the Manifold Grace of God (Cascade, 2022), Preaching as Resistance: Voices of Hope, Justice, and Solidarity (Chalice Press, 2018), The Living Pulpit: Sermons that Illustrate Preaching in the Stone-Campbell Movement 1968-2018 (Chalice Press, 2018),  and Young Preachers Compilation (Shook Foil Books, 2012). He serves on the Editorial Board for the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning’s Journal on Teaching. He is also director of The Bridge for Early Career Preachers.