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Karen FinchKaren Petersen Finch

Assistant Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.3891
Fax: 509.777.3274
Office Location: Westminster Hall 123


Ph.D., Gonzaga University

M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary
B.A. Pomona College

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Reformed theology (Calvin); Roman Catholic theology (Lonergan); ecumenical dialogue; the doctrine of God; apologetics; Western worldview studies; the theory and practice of forgiveness

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

September-December, 2014:  Research fellowship at Boston College in Boston, MA, through the Lonergan Institute. Studying the relationship between Calvin and medieval theology with particular respect to the doctrine of the church.

Completed dissertation through Gonzaga University, titled, "Knowledge that Divides: Reformed-Catholic Dialogue and the Challenge of Epistemology" (2009).

Publications include: author of "The Image of God, Servant Leadership and Forgiveness" in International Journal of Servant Leadership (2007); author of "A Calvinist Learns from Lonergan: Reflections on the Sovereignty-Freedom Debate" in METHOD: Journal of Lonergan Studies (2005); author of "Jesus Christ our Only Comfort: The Christology of the Heidelberg Catechism," in pfr reFORM (spring 1999).

Presentations include:  Podcast Interview with Dr. Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, November 1, 2012;  “John Calvin, Postmodernism and Power (three lectures),” 25th Annual Reformation Heritage Lectures, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama (October 2012); "That Darned Predestination, In a New Light," Annual Conference of Presbyterian Women, Glacier Presbytery, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Lakeside, Montana (August 2012);“Jesus Christ as Prophet, Priest and King” and “The Definition of Chalcedon: Why it Matters Today” Mountain States Wee Kirk Conference, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Albuquerque, New Mexico (May 2012); "Evangelism in a Postmodern Context," Transitional Ministries Education, Synod of Alaska- Northwest, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Palisades Retreat Center (August 2011); "Calvin for Congregations (three lectures)," Whitworth Institute of Ministry, Whitworth University (July 2011); "Ecumenism and Epistemology," at the Northwest Lonergan Symposium, Seattle (2010).

Member of the Editorial Review Board for The International Journal of Servant-Leadership (2011-present).

Member, South Africa Study Tour, January 2014.

Member, preaching team, Whitworth Chapel, 2011-2012.

Member, drafting committee, "A Theological Foundation for Intercultural Relations at Whitworth University" (2010).

Voted "Outstanding Student" in the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies 2008-2009 by the Graduate Student Association at Gonzaga University.