The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng to Join Church Pension Group

September 9, 2014, Cambridge, MA -- The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng, associate professor of historical and systematic theology, will leave EDS to accept an offer to become chief compliance officer at the Church Pension Group in New York. Cheng will teach at EDS through the fall term, which ends in December.

“I am so proud to have been a member of this distinguished EDS faculty over the last four years,” Cheng said. “As a teacher and a scholar, I could not have asked for more inquisitive and committed students, or for more caring and accomplished colleagues.”

Cheng was recently granted tenure by the EDS Board of Trustees. His most recent book is Rainbow Theology: Bridging Race, Sexuality, and Spirit (2013). As a scholar, Cheng’s research interests relate to the intersections of theology, critical theory, race, and sexuality. He is an Episcopal transitional deacon and serves as pastoral assistant at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston.

“Patrick Cheng is not only one of the preeminent theologians in the world, but he has also been a trusted friend to so many of us at EDS, faculty and students alike,” said The Very Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, the school's president and dean. “His passion, his pastoral care for students, and his sharp and incisive mind will be missed. We wish him the best in his new endeavor at the Church Pension Group.”

Before embarking on a successful career as a theologian, Cheng worked for several years as a lawyer and holds a JD from Harvard Law School, as well as a PhD, MPhil, and MA from Union Theological Seminary, and a BA from Yale College.

EDS will continue to offer courses across all canonical areas the spring term as planned, including several courses in liturgics and in historical and systematic theology which have already been scheduled. Students wishing to undertake coursework in those subject areas should refer to the online course catalogue on the EDS website for more information. 

Founded in 1917, the Church Pension Group serves clergy, lay employees and their families, parishes, dioceses, and other institutions of the Episcopal Church by providing comprehensive retirement, health and life insurance benefits, and other programs and services.