Emily Peck-McClain

Emily Peck-McClain

Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: SB 223

Emily Peck-McClain is an ordained United Methodist pastor in the New York Annual Conference. She has served churches in Manhattan, Staten Island, and Fort Montgomery. She has a passion for ministry with youth. In her academic life, she has taught courses in Christian education, youth ministry, preaching, formation, and worship. Her scholarly work is interdisciplinary, looking at the writings of the apostle Paul as a resource for Christian formation.

Emily sees her teaching as ministry and seeks to partner with the Holy Spirit in transforming students as they journey into or continue in their own professional ministries. She is keenly aware of the formative nature of the classroom, of community living, and of worship.

Emily completed her Doctor of Theology degree in 2015 from Duke University Divinity School. Her dissertation was titled, “Revealing the Power: New Creation Epistemology for Adolescent Girls.” During her final year writing her dissertation, Emily was honored to be chosen by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) as a Dissertation Fellow.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys hiking, camping, running, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.


*Th.D., Concentrations in Christian Education and New Testament, Duke Divinity School, Duke University. Durham, NC. 2015. Dissertation: Revealing the Power: New Creation Epistemology for Adolescent Girls.
*M.Div. Union Theological Seminary. New York, NY, May, 2005.
*B.A. in Religion, Washington and Lee University. Lexington, VA, 2002.


*Peck-McClain, Emily. 2015. “Agency in Paul and Implications for Adolescent Girls.” In Religious Education, January-February, Volume 110, Number 1. This article can be viewed online by clicking here.
*Peck-McClain, Emily. 2015. “Mentoring Adolescent Girls.” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Education, Rowman and Littlefield.
*Peck-McClain, Emily. 2015. “Paul and Youth Ministry.” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Education, Rowman and Littlefield.
*Peck-McClain, Emily. 2015. “Pedagogy, Critical Liberative.” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Education, Rowman and Littlefield.
*Peck-McClain, Emily. 2012. Review of Practice and Profile: Christian Formation for Vocation by Johan Hegeman, Margaret Edgell, and Henk Jochemsen. In Religious Education, March/April 2012, issue 107.2.

Professional Memberships

Religious Education Association
United Methodist Scholars of Christian Education
International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry
Christian Educators Fellowship
The Youthworker Movement
The Young Clergy Women Project

New Courses Taught

*Formation in God’s Story I & II
*Formation in Ministry I & II
*Formation in Missional Leadership I & II
*Faith Formation for the Whole Body of Christ
*Seminar in Youth Ministry
*Foundations in Christian Preaching
*Spiritually Formative Worship
*Congregational Worship

Printable Curriculum Vitae