Assistant Professor of Christian Education and Director of Master of Arts in Multicultural Christian Education
Phone: (317) 931-2351
Prior to arriving at CTS, Débora Barbosa Agra Junker was professor of Christian Education at the Methodist School of Theology in Brazil and coordinator of a certificate program for religious education teachers sponsored by the National Methodist Christian Education Program attending different educators from a variety of Christian traditions, including Roman Catholics. Junker received her Ph.D. degree in 2003 from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL, in Education and Congregational Studies; she also holds a Master of Arts in Christian Education degree from Christian Theological Seminary (1999) and a Master in Religious Science (Practical Theology) degree from the Methodist University of São Paulo - Brazil (1996). She also received Post-Graduated Specialization in Psychopedagogy of Early Childhood and Adolescence from the Methodist Institute of Higher Education of São Paulo – Brazil (1992) and a Licentiate in Letters from the Methodist Institute of Higher Education of São Paulo – Brazil (1985).
Her commitment to emancipatory teaching and learning seeks to promote the multicultural perspectives that affirm people’s gifts and that seek to empower each person to critically reflect upon one's attitudes and to take action to improve the life on Earth. Influenced by the works of Paulo Freire, Lev Vygotsky and feminist scholars, she is committed to challenge previously held assumptions that have dismissed the voices of people from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds in order to imagine pedagogies afresh. One of her goals through her teaching and learning is to understand how to respond faithfully to God’s call to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly.” Dr. Junker is a member of Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education – APRRE(USA) and the United Methodist Association of Scholars in Christian Education – UMASCE (USA). She is also a International Theological Advisor for the Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood & Adolescence (US).