Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs

Associate Professor of Sacred Theology

Dr. Michael W. DeLashmutt

In his role as Academic Dean, Dr. DeLashmutt works closely with Dean and President Dunkle and the faculty as they strive to anticipate the educational and formational needs of the Church in a changing world through the development of innovative courses, programs, and curricula. As an interdisciplinary theologian, his work incorporates systematic theology, practical theology, and theologies of culture. This is reflected in his classroom teaching, research and preaching; where he brings to together seemingly discordant topics and themes in order to more clearly understand what it means to be a follower in the Way of Jesus, today.


“Dean Michael” as he is known around the Close, is married to his high-school sweetheart, Julia. They have have two children in the NY Public School system and a Norwich Terrier, Poppy. They enjoy travelling, Broadway musicals, street fairs, interesting food, and time spent with friends. As natives of the Pacific Northwest, the family recharges by going to the seaside, ‘messing about’ on boats, and getting lost in nature.

Contact Info

Located in Seabury Hall, First Floor
Phone: 646-717-9781

+ Courses Taught

Introduction to Christian Theology, Practical Theology and Ministry, Theology and Popular Culture, Topics in Christian Theology

+ Current Research Interests

Anglican Systematic Theology, Secularisation, Spiritual and Vocational Formation (Theories and Practice), Practical Theology, Theology and Popular Culture

+ Recent Publications

  • “Theology and Popular Culture” in Routledge Companion to the Practice of Theology, ed by Mike Higton
  • with Heidi Campbell, “Studying Technology & Ecclesiology in Online Multi-Site Worship” Journal of Contemporary Religion 29, no 2 (2014), 267-285.
  • “Church and Climate Change: An examination of the attitudes and practices of Cornish Anglican Churches regarding the environment.”” Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture March (2011)
  • “Narrative Identity and the Rupture of Finitude: Paul Ricoeur and the Resurrection of the Body” Modern Theology, 25, no. 4 (2009), 589-616.
  • “Delusions and Dark Materials: The Challenge of New Atheism for Theological Education” Expository Times September, 120, no. 12 (2009), 586-593.
  • “Viewing the Real Presence” LutheranForum, Spring (2009), 38-42.
  • “Religionless in Seattle,” Exploring Religion and the Sacred in a Media Age, 85-104, edited by Christopher Deacy and Elisabeth Arweck (London: Ashgate), 2009.
  • With Brannon Hancock, “Prophetic Profanity: On South Park on Religion, or, Thinking Theologically with Eric Cartman,” Taking South Park Seriously, 173-189, edited by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock (New York: SUNY Press), 2008.
  • “The Sexualisation of Popular Culture: Towards a Christian Sexual Aesthetic”, Crucible (Summer 2006): 42-56.
  • “A Better Life Through Information Technology? The posthuman person in contemporary speculative science,” Zygon, 41, no. 2 (2006): 267-288.
  • “Nathaniel William Taylor and Thomas Reid: Scottish Commonsense Philosophy and the Formation of New Haven Theology in Antebellum America,” Scottish Journal of Theology, 58, no. 1 (2006): 59-82.
  • “Syncretism Or Correlation: Teilhard and Tillich's Contrasting Methodological Approaches to Science and Theology,” Zygon, 40, no. 3 (2005): 739-50.