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Daniel Castelo

Professor of Dogmatic and Constructive Theology

Phone: 206-281-2336
Office: Alexander Hall

Education: BA, Lee University, 1998; MDiv, Church of God Theological Seminary, 2000; PhD, Duke University, 2005. At SPU since 2007.

The Rev. Dr. Daniel Castelo is a Christian theologian who is particularly interested in divine attribution, practical theodicy, pneumatology, the theological interpretation of Scripture, the intersection between Wesleyan and Pentecostal theologies, epistemic and cultural contextualization, and Latino/a studies.

He has lectured and given academic presentations in England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Honduras, Brazil, El Salvador, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, and various locations in his native countries, the USA and Mexico.

He is the author and editor of several books as well as a number of essays in academic theological journals and collections.

His professional distinctions include winning the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise, participating in a two-year Wabash workshop for Latino/a faculty, and guest-editing an issue of the International Journal of Systematic Theology. At present he is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Pentecostal Theology. He has served in formal capacities within both the American Academy of Religion (Steering Committee Member) and the Wesleyan Theological Society (Intercultural Studies Chair).  

Dr. Castelo is an Ordained Elder in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the Free Methodist Church.


Confessing the Triune God

Cascade Books, 2014

Holiness as a Liberal Art

Pickwick Press, 2012

Hosea (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary), with Bo H. Lim

Eerdmans, 2015

"In this commentary Bo Lim, an Old Testament scholar, and Daniel Castelo, a theologian, come together to help the church recover and read the prophetic book of Hosea in a way that is both faithful to its message and relevant to our contemporary context."

Pneumatology: A Guide for the Perplexed

Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015

“This guide aims to elaborate and constructively engage some of the ongoing dogmatic challenges within the field of Christian pneumatology. Rather than a strict survey, the book largely represents a collection of working proposals on a number of relevant themes, including cosmology, mediation, the nature and role of Spirit-baptism, and discernment.”

Revisioning Pentecostal Ethics: The Epicletic Community

CPT Press, 2012

The Apathetic God: Exploring the Contemporary Relevance of Divine Impassibility

Paternoster/Wipf and Stock, 2009

Theological Theodicy

Cascade, 2012

Please view Dr. Castelo’s CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Personal Links

Dr. Castelo's website

Daniel Castelo

Why I Teach at SPU

Daniel Castelo, Professor of Dogmatic and Constructive Theology

“I teach at SPU because historically and currently this place promotes and embodies a kind of evangelical catholicity. We value the transformation of the heart, the urgency of both holy reasoning and mission, and the call to lead a sanctified life. These commitments can be fostered in a number of church traditions, and SPU recognizes this reality because of its Wesleyan heritage.”