Couture, Pamela D.

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College: Emmanuel College
Degrees: PhD (Chicago)
Teaching Category:
Appointment Status:
Basic Degree
GCTS Emeritus


Professor Couture’s recent book We Are Not All Victims: Local Peacebuilding in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Lit Verlag, 2016) focused on the peacemaking and reconciliation practices of rural United Methodists Congolese, as they worked to rebuild their society following the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1997 to 2001. It also demonstrated her long-standing interest of using creative non-fiction in practical theology. Since being at Emmanuel College, she also co-edited a volume of essays produced by the International Academy of Practical Theology when it met in Toronto in 2013 and a volume of writings of emerging theologians, participants in the Global Theological Ecumenical Institute 2018, sponsored by the World Council of Churches, on evangelism and mission. Since that publication, her work has been focused on student vulnerability and the pedagogical practices of classroom teaching in interreligious spiritual care. With Bernd Schroeder of Goettingen University, she is co-editor of the International Journal of Practical Theology.

She is ordained as an elder by the United Methodist Church, holds annual conference membership in Northern Illinois Annual Conference, and is a voluntary ecumenical associate at St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Burlington, Ontario. Her sermons are posted on their website,

  • Specializations

    • Spiritual Care
    • Poverty
    • Religious Peacebuilding
    • African Religious Experience
  • Publications



    Books edited:


    • With Pam McCarroll and Nevin Reda (Emmanuel College), "Reforming Spaces for a Postcolonial Inter-religious Practical Theology: Pedagogical Reflections." In Vol 1 (2019): Reforming Practical Theology. The politics of body and space; Auli Vähäkangas, Sivert Angel, Kirstine Helboe Johansen, eds.
    • "Human Dignity, Injustice and Ubuntu: Living the Metaphor of Bwino/Bumuntu/White Lime in the DR Congo." In Practicing Ubuntu: Practical Theological Perspectives on Injustice, Personhood and Human Dignity. Jaco Dreyer, Yolanda Dreyer, Edward Foley, and Malan Nel, eds., Bern: Lit Verlag, 2017.
    • "A Bishop for His People: Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda, Democratic Republic of Congo." In Peacemakers-in-Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Volume II, ed. by Joyce Dubemsky. Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, Cambridge University Press, 2016.
    • "Social Witness and Conversation." In Under the Oak Tree: The Church as Community of Conversation in a Conflicted and Pluralistic World. Ronald J. Allen, John S. McClure, O. Wesley Allen, Jr., eds. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2013.
    •  "Religious Leaders Voice Concerns About Rwanda’s Intervention in Congo," co-authored with Guy Mande Muyombo Sightings, November 8, 2012.
    • "Practical Theology and Social Policy," The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology, Bonnie Miller-McLemore, ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 153-162.