Larry Kent Graham

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Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care

Phone: (303) 765-3104
Fax: (303) 777-0164
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Curriculum Vitae


B.A., Upsala College
M.Div., Luther Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary



"Pastoral theology and care helps people look deeper at the intersection between their inherited religious traditions and their current life situations. From this vantage point, religious traditions can be reinterpreted in a manner that assists healing, corrects distortions, and expands vision."

Larry Graham joined the Iliff faculty in 1977. Prior to that he served as a chaplain, a pastoral counselor, a parish minister and an assistant director of field education. His academic interests include ministry and friendship, the social dimensions of pastoral theology and care, congregational consulting, and clergy professional ethics, especially in relation to ethics. He is currently writing on the impact of war on the pastoral care of families, God’s relation to suffering and evil, and death and dying, grief and loss. From 2000-2002 he was Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at Iliff. He has published Care of Persons, Care of Worlds: A Psychosystems Approach to Pastoral Care and Counseling, and Discovering Images of God: Narratives of Care with Lesbians and Gays.

A Diplomat in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Dr. Graham has served in a variety of leadership roles and has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Society for Pastoral Theology. He is on the editorial board of several professional journals, and has been co-editor of the of The Journal of Pastoral Theology. He is an ordained clergy person in the United Church of Christ.

Representative courses:

  • Pastoral Theology and Care
  • Ministry and Human Sexuality: Pastoral Care and Theological Approaches
  • Pastoral Care in Death and Dying, Grief and Loss