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Diane G. Chen, PhD

Diane G. Chen, PhD - Interim Dean of Palmer Seminary

Diane G. Chen, PhD
Interim Dean of Palmer Seminary

Dr. Diane Chen is Associate Professor of New Testament and Interim Dean of Palmer Theological Seminary. She oversees the faculty and administrative operations at the Seminary, and programmatically is responsible for the Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies programs. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith, as Dean of the Smith School of Christian Ministries, supervises the Doctor of Ministry program, the M.T.S. Openseminary, the Eastern School of Christian Ministry, and the Priscilla Institute.

A teacher at heart, Dr. Chen loves the classroom. She has participated in many workshops and consultations sponsored by the Association of Theological Schools, the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, and the Fund for Theological Education, on the changing character of faculty work, women in leadership, Asian/Asian North Americans in theological education, teaching in racially and culturally diverse classrooms, and faculty development in the midst of institutional and vocational change.

Dr. Chen enjoys writing for the church in particular. After publishing her dissertation, God as Father in Luke-Acts (Peter Lang), she turned her attention to making biblical scholarship intellectually accessible and spiritually edifying to the laity. Her recent book, Let Me More of Their Beauty See: Reading Familiar Verses in Context (Smyth & Helwys), encourages readers to revisit what they have always thought to be the meaning of some familiar and cherished New Testament passages. She has contributed many exegetical essays to Feasting on the Gospel (Westminster John Knox Press), Preaching God’s Transformative Justice (Westminster John Knox Press), and Covenant Bible Study (Abingdon Press).  Her current writing projects include a short commentary on the Gospel of Luke, and a book on the enigmatic sayings of Jesus.

Dr. Chen earned her Ph.D. in Theology and M.A. in Biblical Studies and Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She also received an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She is an ordained elder of Narberth Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Ethnic Chinese Biblical Colloquium.

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