Members

Current Membership Policy (as of March 23, 2013)

Active members of the American Theological Society are those who regularly attend its annual meetings and regularly pay the annual dues. A member is judged to have attended an annual meeting if he or she has 1) registered for the meeting (which entails the payment of dues) and 2) attended at least two program sessions.

Sustaining members are previously active members who have not attended a meeting within the past three years, but who have continued to pay the annual dues. Sustaining members continue to receive announcements of meetings, electronic copies of programs and papers, etc. A sustaining member is automatically restored to active membership upon attendance at an annual meeting.

Inactive members are those who have not attended at least one meeting within a three-year period and who have not paid annual dues for at least three years. Inactive members still receive announcements, papers, and other communications, and are regarded as an important part of the heritage of the Society.

Members-designate are those who have been elected to membership but who have not yet attended an annual meeting. A member-designate has three years within which to activate his or her membership; the member-designate becomes a member at that point.

The Secretary and Treasurer may exercise some discretion in the application of these policies, allowing for exceptional cases.

The Society’s membership is currently capped at one hundred. Thus, the maximum number of new members we may accept each year depends upon the total number of active members and members-designate on the roster, with some allowance for fluctuation. In consultation with the Treasurer, the Secretary adjusts the roster of active/designate, sustaining, and inactive members following each annual meeting, and the resultant roster informs the call for nominations for new members.

Definition of Eligibility for Membership: Any person in North America whose achievement in the discipline of theology, broadly conceived, is of sufficient merit to promise significant contributions to the fields of theology and to the maintenance of theological discourse of high quality at meetings of the society.

Criteria of Evaluation: (a) scholarly devotion to reflective, critical, and/or constructive study of theology, as distinct from general religious studies; (b) evidence of excellence in theological research and writing, normally meaning a Ph.D. degree or its equivalent in one of the theological disciplines, at least one post-doctoral work of significance, and a present or previous tenured position on a recognized theological faculty or equivalent evidence of scholarly affirmation by theological colleagues; (c) strong, informed recommendation by a member of the Society; (d) evidence of willingness to participate responsibly in meetings of the Society.

List of Members in the Order of their Election

Disclaimer: The list of members is as complete as extant records allow. If you know of inaccuracies or omissions, please contact us at amtheosoc@gmail.com.

Date of resignation or death not listed


The new library at Princeton Theological Seminary,
where the American Theological Society meets each spring.
1912
Charles R. Brown
Francis Brown
William Adams Brown
George A. Coe
George Cross
Edward S. Drown
Allen M. Dulles
Daniel Evans
Milton G. Evans
W. W. Fenn
A. L. Gillett
W. M. Groton
Thomas C. Hall
Arthur P. Hunt
Raymond C. Knox
Eugene W. Lyman
Duncan B. Macdonald
Douglas Macintosh
W. D. MacKenzie
Arthur C. McGiffert
Spencer B. Meiser
D. S. Miller
Edward C. Moore
Frank C. Porter
E. Hershey Sneath
Frank A. Starratt
Richard M. Vaughn
Herbert A. Youtz

1913
Rufus M. Jones

1914
R. E. Hume
W. P. Ladd
John J. Martin
Frederic Palmer
Wilford L.Robbins

1915
D. J. Fleming
Kirsopp Lake

1916
Clayton R. Bowen
Henry Sloane Coffin
E. Albert Cook
H. J. Foakes Jackson
J. B. Pratt
N. E. Richardson

1917
H.W. Fosbroke
C. B. Hedrick

1918
None

1919
G.A. Johnston Ross
George E. Horr
L.A. Weigle

1920
John Baillie
E. S. Brightman
Durant Drake
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Albert C. Knudson
George S. Richards
E. P. Scott
W. J. Thompson
H. B. Washburn

1921
W. Cosby Bell
Francis A. Christie
W. B. Hocking
John F. Vichert

1922
Angus Dun
Edwin Lewis
I. G. Matthews
W. P. Montague
Norman B. Nash
H. C. Vedden
G. R. Wells
W. K. Wright

1923
W. H. Sheldon

1924
C. A. Bennett
G. B. Cutten
Harrison S. Elliott

1925
C. A. Dinsmore
Morton S. Enslin
Edward S. Worcester

1926
J. Seelye Bixler
Marion J. Bradshaw
Robert L. Calhoun
Leonard Hodgson
Robert S. Smith
Thomas Wearing

1927
John Aberly
Frederick C. Grant
E. C. Herrick
O. W. Warmingham

1928
Edwin E. Aubrey
I. R. Beiler
E. G. Bewkes
J. M. Shaw
George F. Thomas
R. R. Wicks

1929
Walter T. Brown
Walter M. Horton
Reinhold Niebuhr
Henry P. Van Dusen
Alban G. Widgery

1930
John C. Bennett
S. L. Joslin
Douglas V. Steere

1931
H. Richard Niebuhr
Wilbur M. Urban
Augus S. Woodburne

1932
H. H. Farmer
Henry T. Hodgkin
G. H. Macgregor
Donald Mackenzie
H. Allen Overstreet

1933
None

1934
Bruce Brotherston
Vergilius Ferm
Arthur E. Murphy
Gregory Vlastos

1935
Brand Blanshard
Henry J. Cadbury
Theodore M. Greene
Joseph Haroutunian
Paul J. Tillich

1936
E. A. Burtt
Hornell Hart
T. Hermann

1937
E. R. Goodenough
Georgia Harkness
John A. Mackay
John Wild

1938
E. J. Johanson
H. W. Schneider
Percy Urban

1939
Nels F. S. Ferré
John Knox
W. Norman Pittenger
David E. Roberts

1940
Andrew Banning
Howard H. Brinton
Charles W. Lowry
Otto A. Piper
H. Shelton Smith

1941
George W. Davis
Richard S. M. Emrich
J. L. Hromadka
John E. Kuizenga
A. T. Mollegen

1942
Jacques Maritain
Albert C. Outler
Carl C. Rasmussen

1943
Clarence H. Hamilton
Hugh T. Kerr, Jr.
Hugh Vernon White

1944
Karl Löwith

1945
Peter A. Bertocci
J. Arthur Heck
Paul Minear

1946
Richard Kroner

1947
None

1948
Erich Frank
Paul Lehmann
Walter G. Muelder
John Newton Thomas
William J. Wolf

1949
Martin Heinecken


The side porch at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton,
where the American Theological Society sometimes enjoys drinks
prior to the annual banquet.
1950
L. Harold DeWolf
Roger Hazelton
James Muilenberg
Paul Ramsey

1951
Robert E. Cushman
Mary E. Lyman

1952
Julian N. Hartt

1953
Erich Dinkler
George S. Hendry

1954
Wilhelm Pauck

1955
J. Calvin Keene
Daniel D. Williams

1956
Horton Davies
W. D. Davies
Stanley R. Hopper

1957
Robert McAfee Brown
Eugene R. Fairweather
John H. Hick

1958
William Banner
William Bradley
Nils Ehrenstrom
John Hutchison
Robert C. Johnson
Cyril Richardson
John E. Smith
Roger Shinn

1959
Gerald C. Cragg

1960
William A. Christian

1961
James I. McCord
Carl Michalson
Leon Wright

1962
J. Alfred Martin
Alfred Stiernotte
S. Paul Schilling
Claude Welch

1963
J. Robert Nelson
John E. Skinner

1964
None

1965
Bernhard Anderson
James Luther Adams
John Bright
Walter Harrelson
John Meyendorff
Paul Meyer
John Courtney Murray
Wilfred C. Smith
D. M. Stanley
George Tavard
G. Ernest Wright

1966
James Carpenter
Frederick Ferré
Lawrence Folkemer
James Gustafson
Gordon Kaufman
John Macquarrie
Arthur McGill
Alexander Schmeman

1967
Frederick Herzog
Gregory Baum
Carl F. Henry
Robert O. Johann
Will Herberg

1968
Fred Berthold, Jr.
Walter J. Burghardt
Harvey J. Cox, Jr.
Van A. Harvey
Richard R. Niebuhr
Schubert Ogden
Elmer O'Brien
James F. Ross
Lou H. Silberman
James D. Smart

1969
John Deschner
Emil Fackenheim
Franklin W. Young

1970
Waldo Beach

1971
Eugene Borowitz
Raymond E. Brown
James Hal Cone
Avery Dulles
John D. Godsey
Clyde Holbrook
Robert W. Jenson
Roland E. Murphy
Richard A. Norris
Manfred H. Vogel

1972
Thomas A. Langford
William H. Lazareth
Rosemary Ruether
David Tracy
Gabriel Vahanian

1973
Stephen D. Crites
George I. Mavrodes
Robert Neville
Gene H. Outka
Jaroslav J. Pelikan, Jr.
Owen W. Thomas
Preston N. Williams

1974
Louis Dupre
Erazim Kohak
Gabriel Fackre
Sallie TeSelle (McFague)
Charles C. West
Gayraud S. Wilmore, Jr.

1975
Paul J. Achtemeier
Charles E. Curran
W. Edward Farley
David Noel Freedman
Hans W. Frei
Marianne Micks
Alvin Plantinga
LeRoy S. Rouner

1976
David H. Kelsey
Ann Belford Ulanov

1977
Langdon Gilkey
Richard McCormick
Paul van Buren

1978
James F. Childress
William May
Elaine Pagels
Robert Scharleman

1979
John Dillenberger
George Lindbeck
James Deotis Roberts, Sr.
George E. Rupp
Letty M. Russell
Gerard Sloyan
Michael Wyschogrod

1980
Franz J. van Beeck
J. A. Fitzmeyer
Edward L. Long, Jr.
Thomas C. Oden
J. I. Packer
Larry Rasmussen
David Willis-Watkins
J. Philip Wogaman

1981
Margaret Miles
Clark Pinnock
Wayne Proudfoot
D. Moody Smith
Max Stackhouse
Geoffrey Wainwright

1982
Elizabeth Achtemeier
Orlando Costas
Elizabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
Kosuke Koyama
Pheme Perkins

1983
Margaret A. Farley
Lonnie D. Kliever
Erazim Kohak
Christopher Morse
Charles P. Price
David H. Smith
Philip Turner
Edith Wyschogrod

1984
Carnegie Sam Calian
Francine Jo Cardman
Leander E. Keck
Lloyd G. Patterson
Charles M. Wood

1985
Francis Schüssler Fiorenza
Karlfried Froehlich
Robert Hood
Richard N. Longenecker
David Novak
Harold L. Oliver
David N. Power
Marjorie Suchocki
David Wells
Robert L. Wilken


The front of the new library at Princeton Theological Seminary,
where the American Theological Society meets each spring.
1986
Bruce C. Birch
Noel Leo Erskin
Stanley Hauerwas
Robert Kent Johnston
William R. James
Gilbert C. Meilaender, Jr.
Thomas W. Ogletree
Ronald F. Thiemann
Cornel West

1987
Dennis M. Campbell
Charles Kannengiesser
Alexander J. McKelway
Peter Slater
Ronald H. Stone
Bard Thompson

1988
Diogenes Allen
Lewis S. Ford
Vigen Guroian
Stanley S. Harakas
I. John Hesselink, Jr.
Daniel L. Migliore
Victor L. Nuovo
Norbert Samuelson

1989
Douglas John Hall
Ray L. Hart
Jung Young Lee
Joanne McWilliam
Gordon E. Michalson
Peter J. Paris
Alan P. F. Sell

1990
Willian P. Alston
Juan Samuel Escobar
Michael A. Fahey
Richard J. Mouw
Henry James Young

1991
None

1992
Audrey R. Chapnan
Neil Gillman
Mathew L. Lamb
M. Douglas Meeks

1993
James H. Evans
Susan Ashbrook Harvey
Elizabeth A. Johnson
Robin W. Lovin
Eleanore Stump
Kathryn E. Tanner
Pamela Dickey Young

1994
Michael J. Buckley
Daniel W. Hardy
Judith Plaskow
Lamin Sanneh

1995
Mark Burrows
Richard B. Hays
Christopher Seitz

1996
Jack Dean Kingsbury
Peter Warren Ochs

1997
Rebecca S. Chopp
Francis X. Clooney
George Hunsinger
Catherine Keller
L. Gregory Jones
Peter C. Phan
Miroslav Volf

1998
None

1999
Walter Brueggemann
Wendell Dietrich
Stephen Mark Heim
L. Serene Jones
Alan Segal
Susan L. Nelson

2000
Ellen T. Charry
Sarah A. Coakley
Paul J. Griffiths
Bruce D. Marshall
Douglas F. Ottati
Wentzel van Huyssteen
Wesley J. Wildman

2001
John H. Berthrong
Patrick Miller
Samuel Roberts
R. Kendall Soulen
Josiah Ulysses Young III

2002
J. Patout Burns
Virginia Burrus
Mary McClintock Fulkerson
Timothy George
Reinhard Hütter
Catherine Sonderegger
Thomas Thangaraj

2003
Peter S. Hawkins
Dan E. Saliers

2004
Katie Geneva Cannon
Sheila Greeve Davaney
Diana L. Hayes
John A. McGuckin

2005
John Burgess
Brian Daley
Roger Haight
Joseph Mangina
Donald Shriver
Thomas Tobin

2006
Dale C. Allison, Jr.
Teresa Berger
Linell Cady
Cynthia Crysdale
Gary Dorrien
Beverly Roberts Gaventa
Chester Gillis
Bruce McCormack
John Thiel
Terrence Tilley
Iain R. Torrance
Benjamin Valentin

2007
Michael Battle
C. Clifton Black
Mary Catherine Hilkert
Peter Hodgson
Cheryl Kirk-Duggan
Eugene Rogers

2008
Charles C. Hefling, Jr.
Cheryl J. Sanders
William Storrar

2009
Robert Hughes
Mark Jordan
Paul Knitter
Stephen Ray
Emilie Townes

2010
J. Kameron Carter
Eric Gregory
Catherine Cornille
Bradford Hinze
Amy Hollywood
L. Ann Jervis
James F. Kay
Paul Lakeland
Thomas Reynolds

2011
Leora Batnitzki
Raymond Bulman
Shawn Copeland
Cleo McNelly Kearns
P. Travis Kroeker
Leo Lefebure
Ian McFarland
Ephraim Radner

2012
Phillip Cary
Paul J. DeHart
Jean Porter
James K. A. Smith
Frederick L. Ware

2013
Jeannine Hill Fletcher
Dale T. Irvin
Amos Yong

2014
Charles Fensham
Anthony J. Godzieba
Jennifer Herdt
Jacqueline E. Lapsley
Gerard Mannion
Melanie Duguid May

2015
John D. Dadosky, Regis College, University of Toronto
Walter E. Fluker, Boston University School of Theology
Ruben L. F. Habito, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
Anthony B. Pinn, Rice University

2016
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