Rev. Christine E. Blair, Ph.D.

Religious Education and Theology | Co-Director, Doctor of Ministry Program


  • B.A., Anthropology, Pomona College
  • M.A., Education, Stanford University
  • M.R.E., American Baptist Seminary of the West
  • Ph.D., Practical Theology, Claremont School of Theology


Rev. Dr. Christine Eaton Blair, daughter of an American diplomat, was born in Morocco and grew up in India, Italy, and France, with a few years in the Washington D.C. area. She received the B.A. degree in Anthropology from Pomona College, the M.A. degree in Education from Stanford University, the M.R.E. degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West, and her Ph.D. in Practical Theology from the Claremont School of Theology.  She was ordained a Minister of Word and Sacrament in Santa Barbara Presbytery and served Presbyterian churches in Oxnard and Claremont before becoming a professor of Practical Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary for 13 years, where she also was Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program.  Dr. Blair served as part of the pastoral team at the American Church in Paris for 5 years.  After returning home to California, she was called to be the interim pastor in several churches in Riverside Presbytery.  She has been on the faculty of the New Theological Seminary of the West since its inception and is Co-Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. She is the author of numerous articles and of The Art of Teaching the Bible (Geneva Press, 2001 — now translated into Korean). Her current project is tentatively entitled The Art of Listening to the Multicultural Church.  Dr. Blair has a passion for teaching and for bringing together the church and the academy to reflect on the changing nature of the contemporary church and its social-cultural settings.