After graduating from USC Gould School of Law and maintaining a successful career practicing law as both an attorney for the NFL, and an intellectual property/entertainment attorney serving clients including movie studios and talent, Janna Gosselin experienced a spiritual awakening which propelled her to seminary and doctoral studies. Janna completed her doctorate at USC in English, working with faculty in the School of Religion and writing her dissertation on the apophatic tradition within the works of Julian of Norwich. Janna also completed a Master’s of Arts in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Responding to her call to teach, Janna served as adjunct faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary for six years, teaching an Integrated Studies Course entitled Worship and Prayer. She is currently serving as Academic Dean and Professor of Christian Spirituality at the New Theological Seminary of the West, where she has taught classes entitled: Women Christian Mystics, Spirituality and Social Justice, The Mystical Roots of Protestantism, Introduction to Christian Belief and Practice, Practices of Contemplative Prayer, and Spirituality and Suffering.
Janna has also taught at USC and has served as guest lecturer in a Spirituality and Aging course at the USC School of Gerontology. She has participated as a speaker in interfaith Trialogues sponsored by the Academy for Judaic, Christian and Islamic Studies and currently serves on the Board for the Academy. Janna also speaks regularly at academic conferences, and has published a chapter in the book Protestant Spirituality II. For four summers, Janna conducted a well-attended six-part lecture series on the Christian mystics at the La Canada Presbyterian Church, with courses entitled, “Knowing Yourself, Knowing God;” “Deepening Your Connection to God,” “The Protestant Mystics” and “Contemplative Prayer.”
Janna is a graduate of Richard Rohr’s Living School and continues to participate in Living School events. She is currently working on a book on Julian of Norwich.