Andrew Dreitcer

Associate Professor of Spirituality; Director of Spiritual Formation

Craig 102
(909) 447-2537

Dr. Dreitcer has been the co-founding director of a seminary program in spiritual direction and served 15 years as a Presbyterian pastor. A year spent at the ecumenical monastic community of Taizé significantly shaped his own spiritual life and his perspective on both the role of spiritual formation in theological studies and the value of contemplative studies in academia.

Dr. Dreitcer’s current research and teaching interests lie in the exploration of the nature and experience of contemplative practices across religious traditions, the relationship between spiritual practices and neuroscientific understandings (, the ways in which contemplative practices form compassionate actions and attitudes of living, and Christianity as a spiritual path of engaged compassion ( He is also Director of Spiritual Formation at Claremont School of Theology and co-director of the Center for Engaged Compassion.


B.A. - Wabash College
M.Div. - Yale Divinity School
Ph.D. - Graduate Theological Union

Recent Publications / Achievements

Fellow at the Mind & Life Institute

Beyond the Ordinary: Spirituality for Church Leaders (Eerdmans, 2001)