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Ministry Faculty

Sister Lisa Marie Belz, OSU, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Religious Studies/Graduate Ministry
B.A.,  Ursuline College
M.A., Boston College
M.T.S., University of Notre Dame (South Bend)
Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago

Office: 440 684 6030
Courses taught: Hebrew Scriptures, Christian Scriptures, Spirituality for Ministry, Christology

A popular speaker and lecturer, Sister Lisa Marie gives talks, conferences, and retreats in both Spanish and English, locally, nationally, and internationally, on topics related to Scripture, Women in Early Christianity, Women in Scripture, Christian Spirituality, Christian Mysticism, and Social Justice. Sister Lisa Marie’s research interests include the Historical Jesus, Pauline and Deutero-Pauline literature, Second Temple Judaism, Hellenistic Judaism, women in early Christianity, early Christian families, biblical interpretation, and women in the Dead Sea Scrolls; Sister Lisa Marie has presented her research at scholarly conferences both nationally and regionally. In addition to her experience as an educator, Sister Lisa Marie served on the Cleveland Latin American Mission Team in El Salvador for a number of years. She brings her experience of the developing world to her work as a scholar, teacher, writer, and speaker. 

Linda Martin, Ph.D.

Director, Graduate Ministry Program
Associate Professor of Ministry
B.A., Grove City College
M.Div., Vanderbilt Divinity School
M.Phil., Drew University
Ph.D., Drew University
Office: 440 646 8191
Courses taught: Foundations of Theology, Social Justice, Final Practicum, Ecumenism, Church History, Christian Anthropology

Dr. Linda Martin is the Director of the Graduate Ministry Program at Ursuline College.  She is specialized in Christian Theology, American Religion and Culture, Anthropology and Sociology of Religion, and Women in Christianity.  Dr. Martin has been honored with the Teaching Excellence Award and is committed to working with students in the classroom and as an adviser.
Fun Facts

George S. Matejka, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy and Ministry
B.A., The Catholic University of America
M.A., The Catholic University of America
S.T.B., The Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
S.T.L., The Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
Ph.D., Duquesne University
Office: 440 646 8393
Courses taught: Hebrew Scriptures, Christian Scriptures, Moral Theology, Pauline Literature

Dr. George Matejka is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Ursuline College.  He holds the Ph.D. in Philosophy from Duquesne University and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology with a Specialization in Biblical Studies from the Gregorian University, Rome, Italy.  Because of his expertise in Bioethics, Dr. Matejka has been  appointed to and currently serves on the Ethics Committees of both St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Jennings Center for Older Adults. 

Dr. Matejka also has a strong interest in the ethical dimension of human relationships with animals and has lectured at the National Animal Rights Conference several times.  He has published reviews of several books in the field of Animals and Ethics.  Dr. Matejka has lectured at conferences at Oxford University, England, as well as at Yale University and Michigan State University.  Dr. Matejka has served as a Board member of the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies for several years and presently serves as the Board President.

Gina Messina-Dysert, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate and Professional Studies
Assistant Professor, Ministry
B.A., Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
M.B.A., University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio
M.A., John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California
Office: 440 646 8120
Courses Taught: Foundations of Theology, Feminist Theology

Dr. Gina Messina-Dysert is Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Assistant Professor of Ministry, and Co-founder and Co-Director of Feminism and Religion.  She has authored multiple articles, the book Rape Culture and Spiritual Violence (Acumen, 2014), and is co-editor (with Rosemary Radford Ruether) of Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2014). Dr. Messina-Dysert is a widely sought after speaker and has presented across the US at universities, organizations, conferences, and in the national news circuit about matters impacting women around the world. Her research interests are theologically and ethically driven, involve a feminist and interdisciplinary approach, and are influenced by her activist roots and experience working with survivors of rape and domestic violence.  Dr. Messina-Dysert can be followed on Twitter @FemTheologian and her website can be accessed at http://ginamessinadysert.com.

Natalie Kertes Weaver, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Chair
B.A., John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio
M.A., Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, California
Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Office: 440 684 6007

Dr. Natalie Kertes Weaver
is Chair and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Ursuline College. Dr. Weaver’s academic books includeMarriage and Family: A Christian Theological Foundation (Anselm, 2009)Christian Thought and Practice: A Primer (Anselm, 2012); and The Theology of Suffering and Death: An Introduction for Caregivers (Routledge, 2013). Dr. Weaver is currently writing Made in the Image of God: Intersex and the Revisioning of Theological Anthropology (Wipf & Stock, 2014).  Dr. Weaver has also authored two art books: Interior Design: Rooms of a Half-Life and Baby’s First Latin.  Dr. Weaver’s areas of interest and expertise include: feminist theology; theology of suffering; theology of the family; religion and violence; and (inter)sex and theology.