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Rev. Dr. Cynthia Rigby

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Location(s) Trull Administration Building
Department(s) Faculty, Theology Department
Title(s) The W. C. Brown Professor of Theology
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BA, Brown University, 1986, magna cum laude, Religious Studies

MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1989, magna cum laude, Philosophical Theology

PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1998, magna cum laude, Systematic Theology
Dissertation: “The Real Word Really Became Real Flesh: Karl Barth’s Contribution to a Feminist Incarnational Christology”



Professor Cynthia Rigby joined the faculty of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1995. She is a sought-after speaker who is known for making the “so what?” of Christian doctrine clear and accessible. The Dallas Morning News called Professor Rigby "one of the great theologians of our time."

An energetic scholar, Dr. Rigby's latest book is Holding Faith: A Practical Introduction to Christian Faith (Abingdon Press, 2018). She is a general editor of the nine-volume lectionary commentary series, Connections (Westminster John Knox); the first volume was published in 2018. She is currently completing a book on Christian feminist theology for Baker Academic Press and a book for Westminster John Knox Press tentatively titled, Splashing in Grace: A Theology of Play.

Rigby is also the author of The Promotion of Social Righteousness (Witherspoon Press, 2010), co-editor (with Beverly Gaventa) of Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2002) and editor of Power, Powerlessness, and the Divine: New Inquiries in Bible and Theology (Duke University Press, 1997).

Professor Rigby has served as co-chair of both the Christian Systematic Theology Unit and the Reformed Theology and History Unit of the American Academy of Religion, where she has been an active member since 1993. She has been a member of the Workgroup on Constructive Theology for sixteen years. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Reformed Theology and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

Professor Rigby enjoys lecturing and teaching for academic, church, and denominational events both domestically and internationally. Dr. Rigby is actively engaged with congregations, preaching, teaching adult education classes, and leading church conferences on many different subjects. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Professor Rigby serves on the board of the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation and recently served as an author of the Sarasota Statement for the Next Church (2017).

In 1998 Professor Rigby received the PhD in systematic theology from Princeton Theological Seminary where she was awarded a doctoral fellowship and the Wildrich Award for Excellence in Homiletics. Prior to her appointment at Austin Seminary she served several churches, lectured at New Brunswick and Princeton Seminaries, and spent a year as Pastor of Special Ministries with the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Cagayan d’Oro City, Mindanao. In 2010 Dr. Rigby became the first faculty member elected to Austin Seminary's Board of Trustees.