Rev. Dr. Laurie Garrett-Cobbina

Dean, San Francisco Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Garrett-Cobbina has been part of SFTS since 2006, holding various roles such as the Shaw Family Chair for Clinical Pastoral Education, Director of the Clinical Pastoral Education Program, and Shaw Chaplaincy Institute for Spiritual Care and Compassionate Leadership.

Prior to joining SFTS, Rev. Dr. Garrett-Cobbina served as director of spiritual care, a hospital-based healthcare chaplain, and clinical educator in Indianapolis, IN, Charlotte, NC, and San Francisco, CA. She has served as senior pastor at churches in North Carolina and San Francisco. She holds a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies from the Graduate Theological Union, and a master's in theology and a Master of  Divinity from Princeton.

As Dean, Rev. Dr. Garrett-Cobbina will also serve as the SFTS representative on the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) Council of Deans, as well as represent SFTS on the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) Committee on Theological Education (COTE) and General Assembly (GA).


Dean, San Francisco Theological Seminary

The dean provides leadership and works in collaboration with faculty and students to sustain effective teaching and learning, review and manage the College curriculum, and promote faculty development. The dean has oversight responsibilities in the faculty review process and is responsible for management of the SFTS budget. The dean represents the SFTS in University-wide academic policy and decisions via the Dean’s Council and serves on the President’s Cabinet.