The Rev. Katherine Sonderegger, Ph.D.

The William Meade Chair of Systematic Theology

The Rev. Katherine Sonderegger, Ph.D., is the William Meade Chair of Systematic Theology. She joined the VTS faculty in 2002. Her areas of expertise include systematic theology, Barth, medieval studies, feminist studies, and reformed theology.

Before coming to VTS, Dr. Sonderegger taught at Middlebury College and Bangor Theological Seminary.

Dr. Sonderegger completed her Ph.D. at Brown University in 1990. She previously earned a D.Min. and STM from Yale and an A.B. in medieval studies from Smith College. She is the author of That Jesus Christ Was Born a Jew: Karl Barth’s “Doctrine of Israel” (University Park: Penn State Press, 1992) and Systematic Theology, Vol 1 (Fortress Press, 2015).

Dr. Sonderegger is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Kampen-Princeton Barth Consultation, Karl Barth Society of North America; American Theological Society, and Society for the Study of Theology.


  • The Doctrine of God in Karl Barth lecture for Kampen-Princeton Barth Consultation, Princeton Seminary (2005).
  • In memoriam Colin Gunton, Reformed Theology and History Group, AAR (2003).
  • The Doctrine of Justification and the Cure of Souls, for “The Doctrine of Justification in Christ: Where Does the Church Stand Today?” Conference, Minneapolis (2002).
  • On Preaching in Karl Barth, Invited lecture at the regional meeting of the Karl Barth Society, North America (2001).
  • Jesus Christ the Same, Yesterday, Today and Forever, Invited lecture at the joint meeting of the Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer societies; Minneapolis, Minnesota (2000).
“There really is no more beautiful thought in all reality than the thought of God. I believe that theology is ultimately just that: thinking the thought of God and worshipping the Reality who is God.”
The Rev. Katherine Sonderegger, Ph.D.