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TAPS Faculty

Natalie Kertes Weaver, Ph.D.
Professor, Religious Studies; Co-Director of Theological and Pastoral Studies 
B.A., John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio
M.A., Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, California
Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Office: 440 684 6007

Dr. Natalie Kertes Weaver is Professor of Religious Studies and Co-Director of Theology and Pastoral Studies at Ursuline College. Dr. Weaver’s academic books includeMarriage and Family: A Christian Theological Foundation (Anselm, 2009)Christian Thought and Practice: A Primer (Anselm, 2012); and The Theology of Suffering and Death: An Introduction for Caregivers (Routledge, 2013); and Christian Thought and Practice: A Primer - Revised Edition (Anselm, 2015). Dr. Weaver is currently writing Made in the Image of God: Intersex and the Revisioning of Theological Anthropology (Wipf & Stock, 2017).  Dr. Weaver has also authored two art books: Interior Design: Rooms of a Half-Life and Baby’s First Latin.  Dr. Weaver’s areas of interest and expertise include: feminist theology; theology of suffering; theology of the family; religion and violence; and (inter)sex and theology.  

Linda Martin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Co-Director of Theological and Pastoral Studies

B.A., Grove City College
M.Div., Vanderbilt Divinity School
M.Phil., Drew University
Ph.D., Drew University
Office: 440 646 8191
Courses taught: Foundations of Theology, Social Justice, Final Practicum, Ecumenism, Church History, Christian Anthropology

Dr. Linda Martin is Associate Professor and Co- Director of the Graduate Program in Theological and Pastoral Studies at Ursuline College.  She specializes in the areas of Church History, American Religion and Culture, Anthropology and Sociology of Religion, and Women in Christianity.  She has written, spoken and taught broadly at academic conferences and in the community on topics ranging from Christian Fundamentalism and Women in the Salvation Army to the Power of Forgiveness, Social Justice and Human Agency, and Reconciliation.  Dr. Martin has been honored with the Teaching Excellence Award and is a deeply committed educator who is passionate about working with broadly diverse students, both in the classroom and as an adviser. She has served actively in her parish and in the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, having held positions on the parish vestry, the Christian Formation Committee, the Commission on Ministry, the Deacon Formation Committee, the Bishop’s Advisory Committee for Applicants to the Ministry, and Diocesan Council.   

Sister Lisa Marie Belz, OSU, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Religious Studies/Graduate Ministry
B.A.,  Ursuline College
M.A., Boston College
M.T.S., University of Notre Dame (South Bend)
Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
Office: 440 684 6030
Courses taught: Hebrew Scriptures, Christian Scriptures, Spirituality for Ministry, Christology

A popular speaker and lecturer, Sister Lisa Marie gives talks, conferences, and retreats in both Spanish and English, locally, nationally, and internationally, on topics related to Scripture, Women in Early Christianity, Women in Scripture, Christian Spirituality, Christian Mysticism, and Social Justice. Sister Lisa Marie’s research interests include the Historical Jesus, Pauline and Deutero-Pauline literature, Second Temple Judaism, Hellenistic Judaism, women in early Christianity, early Christian families, biblical interpretation, and women in the Dead Sea Scrolls; Sister Lisa Marie has presented her research at scholarly conferences both nationally and regionally. In addition to her experience as an educator, Sister Lisa Marie served on the Cleveland Latin American Mission Team in El Salvador for a number of years. She brings her experience of the developing world to her work as a scholar, teacher, writer, and speaker.