Dr. Rebecca S. Letterman grew up as the daughter of a Pentecostal minister and sensed a call to full-time ministry as a child. She is now an ordained Elder in the Free Methodist Church (Genesis Conference).
Dr. Letterman began her formal Christian spiritual formation studies in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with Dr. Adrian van Kaam, founder of the field of Formative Spirituality, and his colleague Dr. Susan Muto. After completing an Advanced Certification Program in Formative Spirituality, Dr. Letterman served at the academy as an adjunct teacher in the program and recently coauthored with Dr. Muto a basic introduction to van Kaam’s work.
In 2006 her family moved to Rochester, and thus began her relationship with Northeastern Seminary, where she currently teaches Formative Spirituality courses and guides the spiritual formation components of the curriculum. She is a founding member and volunteer clergy person at Community of the Savior, Mt. Hope, where she regularly preaches, celebrates Eucharist, plans and leads liturgies, cantors, and serves in healing prayer ministry.
Dr. Letterman’s vocation focuses on bridging formative faith traditions – whether across time or across cultures – in order to foster respect for diversity, while at the same time nurturing unity among Judeo-Christian faith communities that are seeking to live in vital relationship with God, one another, and the wider world.