Debra Dean Murphy

Debra Dean Murphy is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She also directs the newly formed Center for Restorative Justice on campus.

She is the author of  Happiness, Health, and Beauty: The Christian Life in Everyday Terms (Cascade 2015) and Teaching that Transforms: Worship as the Heart of Christian Education (Brazos 2004). She co-authored  The Shape of Our Lives and The Shape of God’s Reign, study guides in the Congregational Formation Initiative of the Ekklesia Project, and her articles and essays have appeared in both scholarly and popular publications. She  blogs occasionally at “Intersections: Thoughts on Religion, Culture, and Politics” is is a writer for the Faith Matters column at The Christian Century.

Debra enjoys swimming, running, yoga, cooking, and reading poetry–not necessarily in that order.