Carla Waterman

Affiliate Professor of Spiritual Formation


Ph.D. Cornell University

M.A. Northeastern Illinois University

B.A. Bethel College


Carla A. Waterman has been teaching at the intersection of Trinitarian theology, spiritual formation and everyday life since 1995.  Dr. Waterman first came to Northern to teach Christian Spirituality with the late Robert E. Webber in 2000 and is currently Affiliate Professor of Spiritual Formation.  She previously taught in the Educational Ministries Department at Wheaton College.

Waterman has had wide experience in both the church and the academy over the past decade.  Carla has led numerous bible studies and retreats for church groups.  She has taught masters-level students in a variety of practical spirituality courses on such diverse topics as Trinitarian Creativity, Prayer in Life and Ministry, Worship Spirituality, and Sin and Salvation in Narnia.   She also enjoys a decade-long tenure with the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies in Jacksonville, FL, where she co-teaches the doctoral capstone course in “Sacred Actions and Ministries of Worship” with her teaching colleague, Dr. Reggie Kidd.  She has supervised multiple doctoral theses in this context.

Dr. Waterman is Scholar-In-Residence at the Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center in Oviedo, FL.  In addition to bi-monthly “First Friday” retreats, Carla is the director and principal professor of Northern’s Faith Formation program at Canterbury.

Carla is also President of In the Kingdom Ministries, a not-for-profit retreat and mentoring ministry in the United States and abroad.  She is the author of Songs of Assent, reflections on life-lessons from Mary, the mother of Jesus.  Visit her at her website, for information on the book and other resources, and to read her current blog, A Sparrow’s Nest.

Carla has been married to her husband, Wyatt, for nearly 30 years. Their son, Ethan, is a student at Marquette University.  When she’s not reading, teaching or walking alongside a diverse cadre of friends, she is packing and unpacking boxes in a slow but sure move from Chicago to Orlando. 

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Carla Waterman

Affiliate Professor of Spiritual Formation

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