Jim Higginbotham, Ph.D.

Associate academic dean; professor of pastoral care

Email:[email protected]

Location: Earlham School of Religion
228 College Ave.
Richmond, IN 47374

About me

Jim has taught at colleges and seminaries in Indiana, Ohio, and China; and he has broad experience in pastoral ministry, community and pastoral counseling, chaplaincy, and community organizing. Jim is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

As a pastoral and practical theologian, Jim has written and lectured on a wide range of topics including: crisis pastoral care and counseling, conflict transformation, a compassionate theology of pastoral care, pastoral care in unprogrammed Quaker Meetings, pastoral care to veterans and their families, a pastoral theology of incarceration, personality theories, the diagnostic system of psychiatry, the psychosocial nature of terror and hate speech, the tragic character of human suffering, and the contextual nature of ministry. Jim is a past Moderator of the Disciples Peace Fellowship and is active in his local church as well as peace and justice causes in Indianapolis and nationally through ecumenical organizations.


  • Ph.D.,Vanderbilt University
  • M.S. Loyola College
  • M. Div, Vanderbilt University
  • B.A., Hiram College