Richard R. Gaillardetz, PhD, is the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College. Dr. Gaillardetz previously taught at the University of Toledo from 2001 to 2011 as the Thomas and Margaret Murray and James J. Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Toledo and from 1991 to 2001 at the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Theology in Houston from 1991 to 2001. He received a BA in humanities from the University of Texas, an MA in biblical theology from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, and an MA and PhD from the University of Notre Dame in systematic theology. He has written numerous articles and books. Dr. Gaillardetz was a Catholic delegate on the U.S. Catholic-Methodist Dialogue (2000-2005). He served on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America (2006-2008), and in June 2011 he was elected vice-president. He has received numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association for his writing and in 2000 received the Sophia Award, which is offered annually by the faculty of the Washington Theological Union in recognition of a theologian's contributions to the life of the Church. Dr. Gaillardetz is a popular speaker at theological and pastoral conferences. He is married to Diana Gaillardetz, and they are the parents of four boys.