Kirsten S. Oh, PhD


Professor, Department of Practical Theology

Phone: (626) 387-5811

Email: [email protected]

Office Location: John and Marilyn Duke Academic Complex, Duke 255

Rev. Kirsten Oh, PhD, is an ordained elder in full connection in the California Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and represents the United Methodist Church at the National Council of Churches of Christ Faith and Order commission. Prior to arriving at Azusa Pacific University, she was the associate dean of student life at the Claremont School of Theology and has served as pastor of several United Methodist Churches in Southern California, particularly as a youth and young adult pastor. She regularly preaches and lectures at churches and retreats, and she remains an active member of First United Methodist Church, Pasadena. Oh has published in journals and books multiple chapters of culture, gender, sexuality, and education from an informed and reflective Christian perspective. Her areas of scholarship interest include, but are not limited to, the intersection between narrative theology and narrative therapy. Oh is married to Scott Russell and enjoys living her life to the fullest in Christ. Her hobbies include music, reading, swimming, hiking, and traveling.


  • PhD, Practical Theology (Pastoral Care and Counseling), Fuller Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • BA (Summa Cum Laude), Biblical Studies, Biola University


  • Teaching Methodology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Counseling, Arcadia Lay Counseling Center

Academic Area

  • Azusa Pacific Seminary
  • School of Theology

Courses Taught

  • GMIN 548 - Pastoral Counsel/Church Health
  • GMIN 569 - Mentored Ministry
  • MIN 108 – Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry
  • MIN 495 - Topics in Ministry
  • MINC 370 – Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • MINC 430 - Race, Reconciliation, and Ministry
  • MINC 467 – Spiritual Transformation
  • MINY 226 – Studying and Teaching the Bible
  • MINY 400 – Christian Values and Human Sexuality
  • MINY 403 – Adolescent Issues and Intervention