Rebecca Young was appointed in July 2007 to serve as instructor of Systematic Theology at the Jakarta Theological Seminary in Jakarta, Indonesia. In addition, Rebecca has a part-time assignment with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance as a consultant for PDA’s ongoing recovery work for the tsunami in Aceh Province of December 26, 2004. Prior to her appointment, Rebecca worked for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in Indonesia. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, teaching world religions, philosophical ethics, and women in world religions (2000-2003).
Rebecca was director of alumni/alumnae relations and church relations for Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia (1998-1999). She was interim pastor of Nacoochee Presbyterian Church in Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia (1997-1998).
In health and development work, Rebecca worked with Church World Service from 1989 to 1993 in Jayapura, Irian Jaya, Indonesia, where she served as a nutritional consultant, trained village health workers, and did health and nutrition surveys in the interior of West Papua. She was a nutritionist in Johnson City, Tennessee, employed by the Upper East Tennessee Regional health Office to evaluate and monitor the nutritional status of children under 2 and pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Rebecca has a bachelor’s degree, three master’s degrees, and a doctorate. Her bachelor’s degree is in psychology and international development from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has a master of divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia; a master’s degree in public health and nutrition from the University of North Carolina Public Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and both a master’s of philosophy and a doctorate from Fordham University in New York, New York. Her dissertation subject was the Holy Spirit from a woman’s perspective, with emphasis on environmental and women’s issues.
Rebecca was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in 1998 by the Presbytery of Western North Carolina, of which she is still a minister member.