Deborah Sokolove
Director, Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion; Associate Professor of Art and Worship


Deborah Sokolove is the Director of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion and teaches courses in art and worship. She received her B.A. and M.F.A. from California State University at Los Angeles; the M.T.S. from Wesley Theological Seminary; and the Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from Drew University. Before coming to Wesley as Artist-in-Residence in 1994, she taught art, design, and computer animation at the university level. Her book, Sanctifying Art: Inviting Conversation Between Artists, Theologians, and the Church was published in 2013; Calling on God: Inclusive Language Prayers for Three Years of Sundays, is due for publication in late summer 2014. She has contributed articles to ARTS, Image, Call to Worship, and Lectionary Homiletics; prayers for several Sundays in each volume of the Abingdon Worship Annuals since 2011; and for several books on religion and the arts as well as the “Art, Studio” entry in the Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions. Her paintings have been shown locally and nationally, and are represented in numerous collections including two works in Oxnam Chapel: a set of Stations of the Cross, and Sanctus, which was created as part of the chapel renovation. Sokolove is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the North American Academy of Liturgy, Christians in the Visual Arts, and is on the Board of Directors of the Society for Religious and Theological Studies. She is a Steward of Seekers Church, an intentional Christian congregation in the tradition of Church of the Saviour, where she serves on the worship planning group and frequently preaches and leads worship.

Contact Information

Courses Taught

  • Art As Worship, Worship As Art
  • Art for God's Sake: Art, Visual Culture And Christian Understanding
  • Introduction to Corporate Worship
  • Making It Real: Art, Symbol, and Ritual
  • PMM: Practice in Ministry and Mission Colloquy
  • Picturing the Church: Two Millennia of Art and Architecture
  • Writing for Worship


  • California State University, B.A., M.F.A.
  • Wesley Theological Seminary, M.T.S.
  • Drew University, Ph.D.

Sokolove's 2003 dissertation was titled "Marking Time: Dressing the United Methodist Church for Worship 1982-2002".  She has been a regular contributor to Liturgical Homiletics and Homily Service, ecumenical resources for preachers, since 1997. Her essays on art, faith, and the artist's life have been published inThe Art JournalImages and IssuesLiturgy, and Faith at Workmagazine.  Her artwork has been shown locally and nationally, and is represented in numerous private collections.

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