Elizabeth L. Gerhardt, Th.D.

Professor of Theology and Social Ethics



  • Th.D., Church History and Social Ethics | Boston University School of Theology
  • Masters of Sacred Theology (STM), Church History and New Testament | Boston University School of Theology
  • M.S.W., Administration, Social Policy, and Clinical Counseling | Rhode Island College
  • M.A., Religious Studies | Providence College
  • B.A., Psychology and Elementary Education | State University of New York, Geneseo

Dr. Elizabeth Gerhardt brings to Northeastern Seminary an extensive background in the areas of theology, church history, and social ethics. She is a sought after speaker and active participant in interviews and lectures across the United States. Dr. Gerhardt’s research interests focus on the application of the theology of the cross to contemporary global justice issues and church response.

Speaking Topics

  • Luther Studies
  • Social Ethics
  • Theological Issues
  • Violence Against Women

Selected Publications/Presentations


  • Not a ‘Women’s Issue,’” in Sojourners, May 2014.


  • The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence Against Women and Girls, (InterVarsity Press, April 2014).

Selected Presentations

  • “Church Response to Global Gendercide,” (presentation, Park Presbyterian Church Annual Missions Conference, Newark, NY, October 2, 2015).
  • “...Forgive Us Our Debts,” (presentation, Roberts Wesleyan College Chapel, Rochester, NY, March 2015).
  • “Church Responses to Violence Against Women and Girls,” (presentation, Pearce Memorial Church, Rochester, NY, March 2015).
  • “The Cross and Gendercide,” (radio interview, Jazzy 88 WFSK-FM, What’s the 411, January 2015).
  • “The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence Against Women and Girls,” (book reading, Gerhardt Community Center, Rochester, NY, September 17, 2014).
  • “Faith through the Dark Spaces of our Lives,” (presentation, Northeastern Seminary Women’s Retreat, Piffard, NY, April 2012).
  • “Linking the Social and Systemic Hope of the Gospel,” (keynote presentation, Northeastern Seminary Conference on Ministry, Rochester, NY, June 2012).