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Suzanne Watts Henderson, Ph.D.

Suzanne Watts Henderson

Professor, Philosophy & Religion Department

Dean of the Belk Chapel


Since joining the Queens faculty in 2008, Dr. Suzanne Watts Henderson has taught courses in Bible and World Religions as well as our General Education curriculum. In 2019, she became Dean of Belk Chapel, where she works with the Chaplain to strengthen the spiritual life of our community by implementing our Presbyterian and Pluralist vision. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Dr. Henderson has published widely in the field of New Testament studies and is a frequent presenter both in academic settings and in the wider community. She has a keen interest in the Gospels and Jesus’ first-century context and is author of numerous articles and four books: Christology and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark (Cambridge, 2006); Christ and Community: The Gospel Witness to Jesus (Abingdon, 2015); The Cross in Contexts: Redemptive Suffering in Palestine (co-author, Mitri Raheb; Orbis, 2017); and New Testament Conversations: A Literary, Historical, and Pluralistic Introduction (Abingdon, 2019).

Dr. Henderson plays a leading role, both locally and nationally, in academic and community work that fosters interfaith understanding and cooperation. She believes that our religiously diverse landscape brings the opportunity and the responsibility to engage thoughtfully across worldview difference, and she delights in Queens' affirmation of our Presbyterian tradition as platform for such vital interaction with those of different faiths and philosophies.


Ph.D., Duke University
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
A.B., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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