Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Deirdre King Hainsworth

Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Business, Religion and Public Life
Year Started at PTS: 2005

Contact Info



  • Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary / Christian Social Ethics, 2005
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1996 
  • A.B., Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges / Social Studies, 1988


The Rev. Dr. Deirdre King Hainsworth joined the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary faculty in 2005. She earned an A.B. from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, and an M.Div. and Ph.D. in Christian social ethics from Princeton Theological Seminary. Before arriving at PTS, Hainsworth served on the religion and philosophy faculty of Friends University, Wichita, Kan. A former church educator and pastor, Hainsworth is ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the United Church of Christ, serves on the UCC’s Science and Technology Network, and frequently teaches in church and denominational settings. She was awarded Wabash Center fellowships in support of her ongoing research and writing on the relation of information technologies and Christian concepts of vocation and public life. Her most recent book, co-edited with Scott Paeth, is Public Theology for a Global Society (Eerdmans, 2010). She is married to John, a computer scientist, and they have two sons.

Church Association

Ordination: United Church of Christ as Minister of Word and Sacrament

Local Church Membership: Community of Reconciliation, Pittsburgh

Professional Competencies

Areas of Specialty

  • Christian ethics and information technologies
  •  Theological ethics of work and vocation

Professional Service

Board Service

  • Science and Technology Advisory Network, United Church of Christ (denominational board)
  • Garfield Community Farm, Pittsburgh


  • 2006-2008: Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion, pre-tenure fellow

Additional Resources

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Center for Business, Religion and Public Life at PTS
Chapel Audio 1
Chapel Audio 2