PhD Student Profile: Myron Krys Florence

Area of Study: Pastoral Theology, Personality and Culture

Myron Krys (pronounced “Chris”) Florence is a native of Decatur, Georgia. He earned his bachelor of fine arts from the Art Institute of Atlanta in interactive media and then pursued his first masters from Savannah College of Art and Design also in interactive media. From there, he received two additional masters, a master of divinity and a master of arts in practical theology with a concentration in pastoral care from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, where he graduated with honors and received the seminary’s highest award, the Harvard A. Anderson Graduate Fellowship, as well as the Buechner Award in Preaching. His honor’s project/master thesis, entitled, “Seek Justice: How the Prophetic Preaching of Martin Luther King, Jr. Can Speak to African American Churches Today,” sought to call socially inactive churches into action for African Americans, connecting faith to social justice. His current research interests include finding ways to help people who have been traumatized in the church heal from harmful theologies.

When he is not studying, Myron Krys is a singer/recording artist and a member of Toastmasters International, where he perfects his speaking and leadership skills. He enjoys every element of art from fine art and design to acting and performance. He is currently pursuing ordination in The United Methodist Church.

Papers and Publications

Author, I Love Me: Learning to Love the Me I See in the Mirror (Six Week Bible Study), 2017.

“Wednesday, December 16, 2015: Psalm 147:1-11” in The Journey, 2015 Advent Devotional (Columbia Theological Seminary)