Rebekah Eklund, 39

Associate Professor of Theology, Loyola University Maryland
Baltimore, MD

Rebekah never tires of finding ways to make the magnificent, surprising, and thrilling story of God’s interaction with humanity accessible and fascinating to college students. One of her biggest challenges is teaching that story to students who have heard it their whole lives and, at the same time, to those who have never heard it before.

Ordained in the Covenant, she has served on the Executive Board and on the Board of the Ordered Ministry. Her new book, Jesus Wept: The Significance of Jesus’ Laments in the New Testament, is scheduled to be released early this year.

“I’m in the Covenant because Covenanters are the people who discerned with me a vocation into ministry, called me into seminary, laid hands on me when I was ordained, blessed me when I went back to school for doctoral studies, and graciously allowed me to imagine how I could be an ordained Covenant pastor living out my vocation at a Jesuit college,” she says. “They’re the people who have wept with me and rejoiced with me.” The Covenant is also a good theological home, she adds. “Time in other denominational settings (Methodist, Jesuit/Catholic) has affirmed that I really am an evangelical, a Pietist, and an ordained female minister—and there aren’t many places that do all three of those things.”


greybutton-40u40Books on your nightstand/e-reader: The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón; The Divine Hours, Phyllis Tickle; On the Soul and the Resurrection, St. Gregory of Nyssa
Favorite way to waste time: Reading apocalyptic novels like The Twelve by Justin Cronin, or playing card games with friends—does that count as wasting time?
Favorite TV show: Right now, Dr. Who. I’m only in season 4; I’m a little behind the times.
Choose a superpower—fly or be invisible: To fly! I used to be a gymnast, and I really miss the feeling of flying upside down through the air.