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Called to empower individuals and communities to life full and meaningful lives in a just society. Seeking to be an imaginative and transformative scholar-teacher. Awakening creativity and compassion while fostering community and hospitality Conversing with the social sciences in pastoral and practical theological reflection. Finding ways to collaborate with colleagues and community leaders. Celebrating the gift of diversity and cross-cultural relationsips. Participating in our shared humanity.  

Brief Biography

The Rev. Jaco J. Hamman, Ph.D. is Director of Program in Theology and Practice and Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology and Culture at Vanderbilt University. He received his theological training at The University of Port Elizabeth (BA in Theology and Psychology), at Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Theology (South Africa; B.Th; M.Th) and at Princeton Theological Seminary (PhD). At Princeton Seminary he completed a dissertation on the Biblical figure Job’s emotional, spiritual, and relational experiences. Dr. Hamman was a hospital chaplain prior to pursuing doctoral studies. Before coming to Vanderbilt Divinity School, Dr. Hamman spent three years in New York City working as a pastoral psychotherapist, group therapist, and marriage and family therapist at the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute and eleven years as Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Western Theological Seminary. He has a special interest in the confluence of theology and psychology in the lives of individuals, families, and groups. Dr. Hamman has lectured internationally and has written numerous articles. He published When steeples cry: Leading congregations through loss and change in 2005, Becoming a pastor: Forming self and soul for ministry in 2007, A play-full life: Slowing down and seeking peace in 2011 (All from The Pilgrim Press), and Becoming a pastor: Forming self and soul for ministry. Revised and Updated in 2014. Dr. Hamman is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America and is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He is married to Michelle, a business owner. Together they parent two daughters.

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