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Javier A. Viera
Dean and Professor of Pastoral Theology
Recognized for his global vision, record of strategic relationship building, and noted for his experience as a minister and administrator, The Reverend Dr. Javier Viera joined the Drew University Theological School as dean and professor of pastoral theology on July 1, 2014.
Prior to Drew, Viera worked in politics, community development, university campus ministry, and congregational ministry. Most recently, he was executive minister at Christ Church, New York City where in additional to pastoral leadership he spearheaded strategic partnerships both in the city and globally focused on education, community health, economic development, and spiritual renewal. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Southern College, a Master of Divinity from Duke University, a Master of Sacred Theology from Yale University, and earned a Doctor of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Viera has served on the boards of Yale Divinity School and Duke Divinity School, as well as on numerous national not-for-profit and denominational boards and agencies. He has taught and delivered sermons on five continents and his scholarly focus is on interreligious dialogue and comparative religions, as well as on pastoral formation and leadership.
Sample of Courses Taught by Dean Viera at Drew University
- Dean’s Seminar: Ministry in A Secular Age
- Introduction to Educational Ministries
- Dean’s Seminar: Spirituality and Leadership in Ministry
- Cross Cultural Seminar: Colombia
- Philanthropy, Calling, Vocation, and Community
Rooted in the Methodist tradition of innovative and bold interpretations of Christian theology and spiritual practices, we empower creative thought and courageous action to advance justice, peace and love of God, neighbor and the earth.
Strategic Priorities and Curriculum Transformation
Drew University Theological School is always in motion. We are regularly working to improve programs, to meet new challenges, and to pursue emerging opportunities. Dean Viera has set the following strategic priorities to guide the school for the next several years:
- Revitalize distinct degree pathways that prepare students to address complex contemporary challenges in our world
- Prioritize the student experience–ensuring a positive and productive experience from enrollment to graduation and beyond
- Launch co-curricular initiatives in Ministerial Innovation, Social Engagement, and Prophetic Action
Under Dean Viera’s leadership, Drew University Theological School has now embarked on a process of curriculum transformation that begins with the master of divinity and works out to all degrees. The resulting new curriculum will be fully launched in fall 2018.
Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre (on leave)
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Visiting Professor of New Testament
Seminary Hall 102
Virginia Samuel Cetuk
Associate Dean for Contextual Learning
Tanya Linn Bennett
Seminary Hall 204
Director of Administrative and Intercultural Services
Administrative Assistant to Theological School Dean
Administrative Assistant to Graduate Division of Religion
Administrative Assistant to Associate Academic Dean
Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Contextual Learning
Administrative Assistant to the Faculty
The Drew Theological School Office of the Dean is located in the Maxine Beach Suite, Room 102 in historic Seminary Hall.