Jaco J. Hamman’s research interests include the formation of pastoral leaders, psychology of religion, psychodynamic theory, play studies, and humanity’s deepening relationship with technology. He has published four books: When Steeples Cry: Leading congregations through loss and change (Pilgrim Press, 2005), Becoming a pastor: Forming self and soul for ministry (Pilgrim Press 2007) and A play-full life: Slowing down and seeking peace (Pilgrim Press, 2011). Becoming a Pastor was greatly revised in a 2nd edition in 2014. Growing down: Human nature for virtual people is forthcoming (2016) from Baylor University Press. His current projects focuses on the Biblical prophet Joel and on the secular and religious narratives people live by.
A native of South Africa, he has completed his studies in South Africa, at Princeton Theological Seminary, and at the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute (New York City). Hamman has lectured widely in North America, Southern Africa, Bangladesh, Australia, and New Zealand. Professor Hamman is a Section Editor (Pastoral Counseling) for The Encyclopedia of Psychology of Religion (Springer Reference) and on the Editorial Board of Sacred Spaces, e-journal of The American Association of Pastoral Counselors.