Theresa Latini joined Luther Seminary in 2008 as Assistant Professor of Congregational and Community Care. Previously she served as Assistant Professor of Pastoral and Congregational Care at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Mich.
Latini is a 1995 graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, N.Y. She received the M.Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2001 and Ph.D. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2005.
Latini was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2002. She has served as an Associate Pastor at a PCUSA congregation. Prior to her seminary education, she served as a lay chaplain for an agency serving adults with developmental abilities. Besides teaching and preaching in congregations in the United States, she has participated in numerous short-term overseas mission endeavors.
Since 2003, Latini has been intensively studying and practicing nonviolent communication. She brings nonviolent communication into conversation with theological anthropology and ecclesiology in order to contextualize it as a spiritual practice of the Church.
Latini is a member of the editorial board of Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought. She was a senior research fellow for the Faithful Practices Project, co-sponsored by Princeton Theological Seminary and the Lilly Foundation, Inc. She has published articles in Perspectives and The Journal of Youth and Theology.
Latini is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Pastoral Theology and the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry.