(nee Skerman) completed a graduate degree in Microbiology at The University of Queensland before moving to Rochester, Minnesota, USA, when her husband joined the Mayo Clinic staff. In Rochester, Val operated Val Webb Galleries marketing her artwork and other international artists, and raised 3 children. Returning to Brisbane in 1981, Val established The Wesley Hospital's Communication and Resources Department, and was founding Chair of Education and Communication for The Uniting Church in Australia (Qld Synod). She also began Religious Studies at The University of Queensland, completing a PhD in Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary, St Paul when her family moved back to Rochester. Val was adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota and Augsburg College, and a visiting lecturer in Australia. Her books include Why We're Equal: Introducing Feminist Theology (Chalice Press 1999), John's Message: Good News for the New Millenium (Abingdon Press 1999), In Defense of Doubt: An Invitation to Adventure (Chalice Press, 1995), Twin Cities Sketchbook (Johnson Co. 1977) and Rochester Sketchbook (Johnson Co. 1976).