Rev. Dr. Deborah A. Appler
Director, Master of Arts in Chaplaincy
Deborah is a person and mind on the move. And she doesn’t drink coffee (which is almost sacrilege at MTS!). She shares with students her particular passions in the intersection of religion, gender, and sexuality in the Hebrew Bible and how these texts and their interpretations impact faith communities in positive and negative ways. She spends time writing and working with the Society of Biblical Literature on Bible and Practical Theology, which includes intercultural and pastoral matters as well as violence against women.
Deborah’s interest in global interpretations of the Bible drove her recent sabbatical spent teaching at Teofilo Kisanji University in Mbeya, Tanzania and her many trips to Israel, where she continues to participate in archaeological excavations. In fact, she often leads a summer archaeology trip to Jezreel and visits to Israel and Palestine (which is open to students).
An ordained elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, Deborah served as a pastor and worked with the United Methodist Publishing House prior to arriving at Moravian Theological Seminary.