The Rev. Dr. David B. McCarthy serves as Professor of Religion and as Chaplain to the College. David earned a B.A. with a double major in French and Religion from Carleton College, a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in French from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University.
Before coming to Hastings in 2001, he served churches in New York and North Carolina, and taught at Harvard and Duke University. He has written over thirty book chapters and articles, and has served the Presbyterian Church (USA) in a variety of capacities; most recently, he completed a term as the Moderator of the Presbytery of Central Nebraska. He is interested in the diverse history of Christianity, ranging from the first to the twenty-first century.
David and his wife Joan met in seminary; they have two teen-age daughters who keep them busy attending school choir, band, and orchestra concerts, and competitive swim meets (where they help run the timing computer and manage the concession booth). David enjoys his volunteer work with international refugees who have come to Hastings; in his free time, he appreciates reading, music, and travel.