Emma J. Justes

Distinguished Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling in the Emma Toussant Chair in Pastoral Theology

Teaching and Research
Emma’s teaching and research interests include pastoral care and counseling, pastoral theology, crisis, grief, aging, transitions, human sexuality, pastoral care in a pluralistic context, and discipleship from a pastoral care perspective.
B.A. in Elementary Education, Franklin College (1963)

B.Div., Colgate Rochester Divinity School (1967)

M.T.S. in Practical Theology, Princeton Theological
Seminary (1969)

Ph.D.in Practical Theology, Princeton Theological
Seminary (1979)

Member of The Society for Pastoral Theology and the American Baptist Minister’s Council

Member of the Board of the American Baptist Church, USA Roger Williams Fellowship

Member of the Editorial Board of the
Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Ordained in the American Baptist Church in 1967

Has served in ministry in Reformed Church in America,
American Baptist, and African Methodist Episcopal Churches

Hearing Beyond the Words: Becoming a Listening Pastor. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006.

Only when pastors hear beyond the words, can they carefully minister. Pastors listen all the time. Or do they? Listening is more than a developed skill; it is an awesome gift of hospitality offered to others. According to Dr. Emma Justes, hearing beyond the words signifies an intimate relationship characterize by humility, thoughtful availability, vulnerability, and mutuality. Listening requires focused attention and openness. To help the reader learn this essential skill, the author includes exercises at the end of each chapter to build needed competency for this healing ministry. This important book has been adopted for translation in China, Korea, Spain and Eastern Europe.

“Emma Justes illuminates the sacred space that comes into being through listening and the courageous hospitality required of listeners. Undergirding all human encounter and every act of ministry, listening is thoughtful vulnerability that sees truthfully and empowers freedom. This wise book will serve us well for years to come.”

– Larry Kent Graham

Moessner, Jeanne S. Through the Eyes of Women. Chapter Author, “Pastoral Care and Older Women’s Secrets”. Augsburg Fortress Press, 19966.

Divided into three parts, Through the Eyes of Women underscores how gender and public policy issues need to be emphasized, explores several specific issues of women–especially issues of the body–in a way that is counter to the prevailing and the unhelpful dichotomy between mind and body, and concentrates on women as the care providers–the training of seminarians, therapists, and educators.

God and Human Freedom: A Festschrift for Howard Thurman. Chapter Author on using his work as a base for Pastoral Care.

Personal Life
Racial and Gender issues are crucial for me. Justice and walking the way Jesus walked (the Way).

A new issue I am pursuing is what I might call “Understanding Living with Privilege.”

Secrets is also an area of great interest. I have written a book (not yet published) about keeping secrets about which we have shame. So many older people have kept secrets all their lives
and then — I think in anticipation of dying and trying to get their
“life pictures” to make sense — they tell the secret. These are redeeming experiences and life changing and I wrote to encourage people to listen to secrets.

A new writing interest is “Fear” because of the tremendous role
it plays in keeping us from walking Jesus’ way.

I am a single parent to two sons, Kito and Micah. I adopted them when they were infants. We also have three cats, Sophia, Woods and Jordan.

Some of my wider family live in the Cincinnati area, my brother included. We grew up in the Cincinnati/northern Kentucky area.

My newest hobby is stone carving. I love gardening, taking pictures and Jazz. I love to write.

I love to travel, especially in South Africa and hope to teach there again in the future.