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.
Professor of Pastoral Theology
Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre (on leave)
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Visiting Professor of New Testament
Tanya Linn Bennett
Associate Dean for Vocation and Formation
Associate Professor in the Practice of Public Theology and Vocation
Director of Experiential Learning and Student Services
Coordinator, Office of Vocation and Formation
Lisa Marie Gerondeau
Director of Theological Advancement
Amy Beth Jones
Director of External Relations
Director of Craig Chapel
Director of Doctoral Studies
Administrative Assistant, Doctor of Ministry Program
Assistant to the Dean and Special Projects Manager
Director of Theological Admissions
Administrative Assistant, Graduate Division of Religion
Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Director of Theological Admissions
The Drew Theological School Office of the Dean is located in the Maxine Beach Suite, Room 102 in historic Seminary Hall.