The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng

PhD, MPhil, and MA, Union Theological Seminary
JD, Harvard Law School
BA, Yale College

The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng, Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, was appointed to the faculty of Episcopal Divinity School in 2010. He holds a Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. from Union Theological Seminary in New York, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. from Yale College. Professor Cheng’s research interests relate to the intersections of theology, critical theory, race, and sexuality.

Cheng is the author or editor of four books on queer theology, including Rainbow Theology: Bridging Race, Sexuality, and Spirit (2013), From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ (2012), and Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology (2011). He has authored over fifty book chapters, journal articles, and online essays. His works have been used by seminaries and congregations around the world.

Cheng is the chair of the Status of LGBTIQ Persons in the Profession Committee of the American Academy of Religion. He is also the founder and convener of the Boston Queer Theology Forum. Cheng delivered the 2013 Zerby Lecture at Bates College, the 2012 Castañeda Lecture at the Chicago Theological Seminary, and the 2011 Boswell Lecture at the Pacific School of Religion.

Professor Cheng is an Episcopal deacon and serves as the pastoral assistant at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston. He blogs for the Religion and Gay Voices sections of the Huffington Post. For more information, please see his website at