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Christine (Tina) Eaton Blair


Christian Education and Theology

I am excited about the new possibilities that NTS West offers: possibilities to make education more contextual, collaborative, multicultural, relevant, practical and theological.  I see the possibility of freeing the passion of students and teachers for the Gospel, Christ's church, and for ministry through this educational process.

What is your passion in teaching?

Good teaching helps students and teachers to develop some "aha" insights into themselves and their ministry situations -- evokes passion for the subject being explored -- and offers students concrete tools and a way to reflect on their ministry practices.  My passion is to be the best teacher possible to bring these outcomes in to the learning process.  

As a teacher of some of the arts of ministry, I have the privilege and joy of being a co-learner as well as a guide with the class participants.  Together, using thought-provoking readings from the larger community of practitioners, and integrating it with our own knowledge and experience, we think about how best to do ministry.  All the arts of ministry are the living out of our spirituality and our beliefs, and I love to explore the old and new ways in which we can do this effectively and faithfully on behalf of our God, using an action-reflection educational methodology.  

In my teaching, I also model a wide variety of ways to teach, pray and worship, and I invite a lot of collaboration from the students.  I especially love analyzing the way that our knowledge and our ministries are shaped by the differing cultural contexts in which we live and work.  My goal:  to help students in their life-long journey of being thoughtful, skillful, loving and passionate ministers in whatever work they are engaged.

Education

  • Ph.D, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California
  • M.Div. courses, Claremont School of Theology
  • M.R.E, American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, California
  • M.A., Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
  • B.A., Pomona College, Claremont, California 

Academic Positions

  • Adjunct Professor, NTS West
  • Adjunct Professor, San Francisco Theological Seminary, Southern California Extension
  • Adjunct Professor, Claremont School of Theology
  • Adjunct Professor, Claremont School of Theology, Phoenix Extension
  • Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Director of the D.Min Program, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Texas

Ministry

  • Interim Pastor, Northkirk Presbyterian Church, Rancho Cucamonga, California
  • Interim Pastor, Head of Staff, First Presbyterian Church of Upland, California
  • Moderator of church session and supply preacher, First Presbyterian Church of Altadena, California
  • Acting Senior Pastor, American Church in Paris, France
  • Associate Pastor, American Church in Paris, France