Valerie Forstman

Brite Divinity School educates and inspires people to serve God's diverse world as leaders in churches, the academy, and public life.

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The Rev. Dr. Forstman is a graduate of Brite, where she earned her Masters of Theological Studies in 2000 and PhD in Biblical Interpretation in 2007. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College and a Masters of Music from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Along with her work in Admissions and Common Life, Dr. Forstman teaches in the areas of Hebrew Bible and Spirituality. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is also a designated Teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan Zen tradition. A first-career classical musician, Dr. Forstman continues to play professionally in area churches and ensembles.


Ph.D., Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, May 2007
M.T.S., Brite Divinity School, TCU, December 2000
M.M., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1980
B.M., Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, 1977


  • Special Topics in Spirituality - Prayer Across Traditions: Zen Practice and Christian Contemplation
  • Interpreting the Hebrew Bible
  • Exegesis in the Book of Judges
  • Exegesis in the Book of Job


  • “Chamber Music for Guitar,” Forstman/Hopman Duo, Gajo Label, 1989

Journal Articles

  • “Let There Be Darkness: Continuity and Discontinuity in the ‘Curse’ of Job 3,” JSOT 98 (2002): 89-104.

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion
Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies
Society of Biblical Literature