Diaconal Studies—the book

Diaconal Studies: Lived Theology for the Church in North America is under contract with Regnum Books International. Publication is expected in late 2024. This project is supported by grants from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.


This book is written by scholars and practitioners from Lutheran, Methodist, Anglican, and other ecumenical Protestant traditions. Check back in early 2024 for author video introductions.

  • Valerie Bailey is chaplain to the college at Williams College, Massachusetts, and a priest in the Episcopal Church (US).
  • Jessica Bickford is a deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada-Diocese of Montreal and co-founder of Phoenix Community Projects, where she serves as the executive director.
  • Sandra Boyce is president of Diakonia World Federation and a member of the United Church of Australia.
  • Mitzi J. Budde is head librarian and professor at Virginia (Episcopal) Theological Seminary and a deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  • Margaret Ann Crain is professor emerita of Christian Education and Deacon Studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological School and an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church.
  • Norma Dollaga is a deaconess in the Philippines Annual Conference of the Manila Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church, appointed to Kapatirang Simbahan Para a Bayan (KASIMBAYAN) / Ecumenical Center for Development.
  • Kristin Husby Dyrstad is a deacon in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Norway, working on a Ph.D. at VID Specialized University about the history of deacon education.
  • Johannes Eurich is extraordinary professor for practical theology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, director of the Institute for Diaconal Studies at Heidelberg University, Germany, and chair of The International Society for the Research and Study of Diaconia and Christian Social Practice (ReDI).
  • Norma Cook Everist is Professor of Church and Ministry, emerita, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Iowa, and a deaconess and pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  • Benjamin L. Hartley is an associate professor of Mission and World Christianity at Seattle Pacific University and an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church.
  • Annette Leis-Peters is a professor of Sociology of Religion and Diaconal Studies and academically responsible for the PhD program in Diaconia, Values and Professional Practice at VID Specialized University in Norway.
  • Julie Anne Lytle is an ssociate professor and director of Distributive and Lifelong Learning Initiatives at Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation, Chicago.
  • Lori Mills-Curran is former executive director of the Association for Episcopal Deacons and founding executive director of ProGente Connections, an ecumenical immigrant advocacy ministry in the Boston area.
  • Mary Elizabeth Moore is professor emerita of Theology and Education and dean emerita of the School of Theology, Boston University, and a deacon in The United Methodist Church.
  • Craig L. Nessan is the William D. Streng Professor for the Education and Renewal of the Church and a professor of Contextual Theology and Ethics at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Iowa.
  • Daphne B. Noyes is a deacon in the Episcopal Church (US) and recipient of research grants from the Episcopal Women’s History Project and the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church.
  • Dionata Rodrigues de Oliveira is the diaconal advisor of Nordeste Gaúcho Synod and is the Community of Deacons coordinator for Igreja Evangélica de Confissão Luterana no Brasil.
  • Darryl W. Stephens teaches at Lancaster Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania, and is a deacon in The United Methodist Church.
  • Myka Kennedy Stephens is CEO of Fosgail.org, former seminary librarian and associate professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania, and a United Methodist deaconess.
  • Ignatius Swart is a full professor in the Department of Religion and Theology at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and a member of the Dutch Reformed Church.
  • Leo Yates is an adjunct professor at Wesley Theological Seminary and a United Methodist deacon serving in pastoral ministry.
  • Man-Hei Yip is an assistant professor of Systematic Theology at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Iowa.