Karen-Marie Yust

Professor of Christian Education

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Phone: 804.278.4203

Location: Richmond

Department: Christian Education


Harvard University, Th.D.

Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, M.Div.

Trinity University, B.A.

Yust’s work focuses on nurturing spirituality and encouraging theological reflection across the lifespan and intergenerationally. Her first book, Attentive to God, proposes an alternative strategy for adult faith formation and leadership development through theological reflection in the context of church committees and boards. Real Kids, Real Faith and an edited volume, Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality: Perspectives from the World’s Religions, offer theoretical and practical engagements with family and youth ministries. Her co-authored book, Taught by God, explores the relationship between transformational learning theories and classical spiritual practices. Her current research focuses on the effects of digital culture on spirituality, particularly among children, youth and young adults. She is also exploring the changing dynamics of congregational life and asking how these changes offer opportunities to develop new approaches to faith formation and new foci for educational ministries. An experienced pastor and Christian educator, she is ordained with dual standing in the United Church of Christ and Disciples traditions.

Books & Publications

Courses Taught

Contemporary Theology and Education

Teaching Ministry of the Church

The Christian Life

Faith and Human Development

Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality

Theology and Film


Lectures & Presentations

November 3, 2014: Leading a workshop on “Cultivating Christians: Families and Faith Formation” as part of the ATS/PSCE Centennial Celebration (Richmond, VA), 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

November 9, 2014: Teaching adult forum on "Real Kids, Real Faith" at First Presbyterian Church (Charlottesville, VA), 10 a.m.

November 30, 2014: Preaching at St. John's United Church of Christ (Richmond, VA), 11 a.m.

February 5, 2014: Leading the workshop "Cultivating Christians: Families and Faith Formation" at the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators Annual Meeting (Baltimore, MD), 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

February 27, 2015: Presenting "Speaking of Faith: Young Children's Moral Development and the Cultivation of Child Theologizing" at the Religiosity in Early Childhood Conference (Leuven, Belgium)


Digital power: exploring the effects of social media on children's spirituality in the International Journal of Children's Spirituality (