Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Leanna K. Fuller

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care
Year Started at PTS: 2013

Contact Info



  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University / Religion, Psychology, and Culture, 2013
  • M.Div., Vanderbilt Divinity School, 1999
  • B.A.., Furman University / Religion and French, 1996


The Rev. Dr. Leanna Fuller is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (Ph.D.), Vanderbilt Divinity School (M.Div.), and Furman University (B.A.). Her dissertation is titled “When Christ’s Body is Broken: Anxiety, Identity, and Conflict in Congregations.” Fuller has earned numerous fellowships, awards, and honors. She received the Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship in 2010-2011 and multiple graduate teaching fellowships from Vanderbilt. Fuller’s most recent conference paper, “From Tragedy to Vulnerability: Finitude, Difference, and Conflict in Practical Theology” was presented at the Academy of Religious Leadership Annual Meeting. Her ministry experience includes serving as associate pastor of Oakland Christian Church in Suffolk, Va., where she coordinated youth ministry and Christian education programming. Fuller also worked as chaplain resident at Riverside Regional Medical Center, in Newport News, Va., providing pastoral care for patients. Fuller's family includes her spouse, the Rev. Scott Fuller, a UCC minister and chaplain; and their young son, Simon.

Church Associations

Ordination: United Church of Christ, 2001 as Minister of Word and Sacrament

Professional Competencies

Areas of Specialty

  • Pastoral care and counseling
  • Pastoral theology
  • Congregational conflict

Professional Societies

  • Academy of Religious Leadership
  • Society for Pastoral Theology
  • Association of Practical Theology
  • American Academy of Religion


  • The Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • Senior Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, 2011-2012
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, 2010-2011
  • Vanderbilt University Graduate Fellowship, 2006-2011
  • Religion, Psychology, & Culture Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 2006-2011
  • Vanderbilt Divinity School Academic Achievement Award, 1999
  • Vanderbilt Divinity School William A. Newcomb Prize, 1999
  • Vanderbilt Divinity School Legacy Scholarship, 1996-1999
  • Furman Scholarship Cup, 1996
  • Furman University Valedictorian, 1996
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 1995-present
  • Furman University Merit Scholarship, 1992-1996

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