Zachary Moon

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Zachary Moon

Assistant Professor of Practical Theology

Professor Moon’s research interests include pastoral and practical theologies, trauma studies, theological education and pedagogies, and topics related to military service, post-deployment reentry and reintegration, and military moral stress. Moon’s research currently focuses on the role of military chaplains and congregations in ministry with veterans and military families. Moon was raised in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and is currently ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served as a chaplain in multiple contexts.

“Theology is a constructive task consequential to real persons, embodying real needs and gifts, challenged by real circumstances. Theology without urgency, responsibility, and humility can willingly and unwillingly perpetuate violence, dehumanization, and destruction. Those preparing for ministry should consider such a calling to be both sacred and dangerous, and critically important to the future of our world. A proliferating multitude of public spaces and discourses fraught with moral, religious, and spiritual significance demand our attention and engagement.”


  • BA, Vassar College, 2004
  • MDiv, Chicago Theological Seminary, 2010
  • PhD, Iliff School of Theology, 2016

Sample Courses:

  • Introduction to Pastoral Theology
  • Theological Perspectives on Trauma
  • Moral Stress, and Moral Injury
  • Pedagogies
  • Ministries with Veterans and Military Families
  • Introduction to Chaplaincy Studies