Elizabeth (Lisa) Sung, Ph.D., is a systematic theologian and a spiritual director. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Regent College (Vancouver, Canada) and Visiting Researcher at the University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein, IL). In both academic and ministry contexts, she teaches theology to foster the lived reality of personal integrity and flourishing in Christ as the catalyst for missional living, in a framework that explicitly reconnects systematic theology to spiritual formation, moral transformation, and world service.
Her specializations include theological anthropology (especially personhood and identity; and race, ethnicity, and culture) and soteriology (sanctification and the theory and practice of spiritual formation in relation to character development). Currently, she is writing two books Racism, Racialization, and Christian Moral Identity and the theological anthropology volume for the “Foundations of Evangelical Theology” textbook series. She also speaks on these topics at churches, conferences, and professional development workshops.
She has served as Scholar-in-Residence at Regent College (Vancouver); the first Protestant scholar to hold the Chester & Mary Paluch Chair of Theology at Mundelein Seminary, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at the largest Catholic seminary in the United States; and Associate Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where she taught for nine years, received the “Faculty of the Year” award, and pioneered student covenant groups singularly focused on spiritual formation. Her dissertation (2011) is titled “‘Race’ and Ethnicity Discourse and the Christian Doctrine of Humanity: A Systematic Sociological and Theological Appraisal.”
Drawing on extensive experience in academia and vocational ministry, she mentors faculty, pastors, and others. As a spiritual director, she also leads groups and individuals in practices fostering transformative communion with Christ, at conferences, retreats, and other settings. Previously, she served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as a theological consultant, and as a campus minister with University of Chicago graduate students and the undergraduate chapters at Michigan State University and Hillsdale College. She also served as the first Director of Contemporary Worship at First Presbyterian Church (River Forest, IL).
Areas of expertise
- Theological Anthropology
- Theology and Social Science
- Culture, Race, and Ethnicity in Relation to Theology and Christian Identity
- Sanctification, Spiritual Theology, and Spiritual Formation