Christina R. Zaker

Director of Field Education

Adjunct Lecturer in Pastoral Ministry and Spirituality



MPS, Loyola University Chicago
Ecumenical DMin, Catholic Theological Union


Chrissy has served at CTU since 2014. She is a practical theologian with a focus on cultivating reflective practitioners in a variety of settings. Her past work in campus ministry, as the Executive Director of Amate House for the Archdiocese of Chicago, and in parish ministry lend to her ability to journey with students in their field education experiences. Her recent book, Surprised by God: Teaching Reflection through the Parables, develops parable as a lens for theological reflection with a focus on reflective practice that intersects with justice.


Chrissy also teaches in the Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry Department. Family Spirituality is the cornerstone of her research in spirituality, primarily exploring how the spirituality of a family unit adjusts through life. In addition to her book, she has written numerous articles and book chapters and is a frequent speaker and retreat director.


Christina is a member of the Association for Theological Field Educators and the National Association of Lay Ministers. She is married to Christopher Zaker and they have four children.


Zaker, Christina R. Surprised by God: Teaching Reflection through the Parables. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. 2020.


“Catholic Theological Education at the Margins” in Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, v 40, p. 130-142, Spring 2020


“Excellence in Supervision: Training Site Supervisor Mentors” with Tanya Lynn Bennet, Thomas Elliot and Tamara Wilden in Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, v 40, p. 174-183, Spring 2020


“Anatomy of a Site Visit” in Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, v 39, p. 158-166, Spring 2019 


“Empowering Families to be Spirit-Filled Evangelizers” in Chicago Studies vol 55:1, p. 44-55, Spring 2016.


“Parable as a Lens for Theological Reflection” in Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, v. 35, p. 55-67, Spring 2015 <>


“Our Community Carries its Crosses on Good Friday” in National Catholic Reporter, March 25, 2016 available at:


“Catechesis and Faith Formation: The Family Synod as Teachable Moment” in New Theology Review, v. 28, n. 1, p. 81-84, Sept. 2015. <>


“No Grace at Grace Church” in Barbara J. Blodgett and Matthew Floding, eds. Brimming with God: Reflecting Theologically on Cases in Ministry (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2015).