Meet our Faculty & Staff

The faculty at the Brehm Center are distinguished scholars, innovative thinkers, and passionate creatives. They bring spiritual wisdom, practical experience, and openness of creative expression to Fuller’s classrooms and campus.

Todd Johnson

W.K. & D.S. Brehm Asso. Prof. of Worship, Theology & the Arts; Theo. Director

Todd E. Johnson joined Fuller in 2005 and is the William K. and Delores S. Brehm Associate Professor of Worship, Theology and the Arts. He is also the Theological Director of the Brehm Center. As a member of the Center for...Read Full Bio.

Ed Willmington

Director of the Fred Bock Institute for Music

Edwin M. (Ed) Willmington is the Director of the Fred Bock Institute of Music of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts, and Composer-in-Residence at Fuller Theological Seminary.  As the institute director, Ed...Read Full Bio.

Rob Johnston

Professor of Theology and Culture

Robert Johnston joined the faculty of Fuller in 1993, serving as provost until 1995 and now serving as professor of theology and culture. He brought with him 20 years of teaching, ecclesial, and academic administrative...Read Full Bio.

William Dyrness

Professor of Theology and Culture

William Dyrness, professor of theology and culture, joined the Fuller faculty in 1990 and served as dean of the School of Theology from 1990 to 2000. He teaches courses in theology, culture, and the arts, and was a founding...Read Full Bio.

Roberta King

Associate Professor of Communication and Ethnomusicology

Roberta King is associate professor of communication and ethnomusicology in the School of Intercultural Studies. Since coming to Fuller in 2000, she has served as All-Seminary Chapel director and developed a new curriculum for...Read Full Bio.

Barry Taylor

Barry has served at Fuller Seminary in a number of capacities. On finishing his PhD at Fuller, he worked initially for the Brehm Center as co-director for the Reel Spirituality Institute and also began teaching theology and...Read Full Bio.

Alexis Abernethy

Professor of Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology

Alexis Abernethy joined Fuller in 1998, serving as professor of psychology. Prior to coming to Fuller, she was on faculty within the Psychology Division of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical...Read Full Bio.

Kutter Callaway

Professor of Theology and Culture

Kutter Callaway is Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. His theological musings are often focused on contemporary culture. His book, Scoring Transcendence: Contemporary Film Music as Religious...Read Full Bio.

W. David O. Taylor

Acad. Dir. of the Brehm Center, Fuller Houston, As. Prof. of Theo. and Culture

David Taylor joined the Fuller faculty at the Texas regional campus in 2014 after completing his PhD in Theology and Liturgics at Duke Divinity School. He has taught courses on worship, theology, and the arts at Trinity School...Read Full Bio.

Maria Fee

Before starting her PhD studies at Fuller, Maria served as an arts ministry coordinator in the Center For Faith & Work (CFW), Redeemer Presbyterian Church. The CFW looks to equip, connect, and mobilize Christians in their...Read Full Bio.

Brehm Center staff keep the creative ball rolling.

Makoto Fujimura


Makoto Fujimura, recently appointed Director of Fuller’s Brehm Center, is an artist, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper. A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from...Read Full Bio.

Joe Gallagher

Operations Director

Joseph C. Gallagher (Joe) is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and worked for many years as a senior creative and corporate executive at Universal Studios and Fox Film Corporation. He and his wife Joanne, an actress, live in...Read Full Bio.

Nate Risdon

Program Director

Nate Risdon currently serves as the Program Director for the Brehm Center. After graduating from Fuller Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Worship, Theology, and the Arts, Nate began working...Read Full Bio. Edit bio

Lindsey Wright

Adminstrative Assistant

Caitlyn Ference-Saunders

Data and Communications Coordinator

A NorCal native who frequently sojourns in the Midwest, Caitlyn is a current MAT candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary. As an performer, mover and scholar she is passionate about creating unique live experiences that...Read Full Bio.

Elijah Davidson

Web Manager for The Brehm Center and Co-Director of Reel Spirituality

Elijah Davidson, Co-Director of Reel Spirituality, received his Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies and Theology and Art at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is keenly interested in all the different ways the Kingdom of God...Read Full Bio.

Jennifer Ackerman

Director of Operations and Micah Groups, Ogilvie Institute of Preaching

Jennifer is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) with more than 20 years of previous experience directing the worship and preaching efforts of churches in multiple denominations across the US. While earning her...Read Full Bio.

Erin Brockway

Program Administrator, Ogilvie Institute of Preaching

Erin comes to the Ogilvie Institute with approximately ten years of administrative experience. She holds a BA in English Literature from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and studied French and French Culture in...Read Full Bio.

Marissa Ortiz

Marissa Ortiz is passionate about performing arts of all kinds, particularly music.  She has spent most of her professional life as an educator, and is pleased to be helping make more music possible through the Fred Bock...Read Full Bio.

Jon Gathje

A proud Nebraska native, Jon recently graduated with his Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, MN.  Along with his roles in the Brehm Center, he is also pursuing his PhD in Christian Worship and working as...Read Full Bio.

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