School of Theology

  • Academy

    Academy: Whether you’re an undergraduate or a seminary student, you’ll experience a rigorous yet supportive academic environment, learning from outstanding biblical and theological scholars who possess a deep Christian faith.

Are you looking for a community of scholars and friends who have a deep, abiding commitment to Christian faith that reaches around the world and is local at the same time? The School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University is that place. Through a unique model of scholarship, spiritual edification, and service we call “Academy, Abbey, Apostolate®” students are educated and equipped to engage the culture as thoughtful people.

Our Christian Theology Major lets you choose from four areas of concentration: Christian Mission, Christian Scripture, Educational Ministry, and Theological Studies. We also offer seven minors. Students of all majors take our three University Foundations courses.

School of Theology News and Events

2016 Palmer Lecture

From the dawn of Christianity, some form of art has often communicated that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Art continues to not only represent but also shape our understanding of community, revelation, spirituality, conversion, and worship. This dialogical relationship between art and theology points the way to an integration of spirituality, art, and liturgy, a synthesis we see in sacred images.

Explore this intersection with Fr. Eduardo Fernández at the free 39th annual Alfred S. Palmer Lecture, hosted by Seattle Pacific University's School of Theology and Seattle Pacific Seminary. Dr. Laura Lasworth, SPU art professor, will be the respondent.

Considering Seminary? Discernment Weekend 2016

If you’ve ever wondered whether seminary was for you, Seattle Pacific Seminary invites you to explore your calling and vocation at Discernment Weekend on February 19 and 20.

Discernment Weekend offers a day and a half of teaching, prayer, discussion, thoughtful challenge, worship, fellowship, and food with Seattle Pacific Seminary faculty and students, along with others who are considering seminary.

AAMP Church Leaders Class With Dr. Soong-Chan Rah

The Asian American Ministry Program of Seattle Pacific Seminary offers an exciting opportunity for pastors and church leaders to audit a class led by Dr. Soong-Chan Rah on February 5 and 6 and on March 4 and 5, 2016.

Dr. Miriam Adeney Quoted in "Christianity Today"

SPS Associate Professor of World Christian Studies Miriam Adeney was quoted in a “Christianity Today“ article on January 19, 2016, “Here’s What Evangelical Experts on Missions and Muslims Think of Wheaton's ‘Same God’ Debate.”


“Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? [….] What are the missiological implications of affirming, or denying, that Muslims and Christians worship the same God? [....]

Lectio: The Gospel of Mark

Have you ever wondered how to follow Jesus when you haven’t got it all figured out? When Jesus surprises you? Or when you need encouragement to be faithful? Join us as we explore these questions and more through Jesus’ life and ministry as told in the Gospel of Mark.

The Center for Biblical and Theological Education presents an evening of rich study with SPU Assistant Professor of New Testament Laura C.S. Holmes. We’ll examine this important text in preparation for our winter Lectio series.  

Hosea (The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary)

In this recently published commentary, “Hosea (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary),” Drs. Bo Lim (associate professor of Old Testament at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary) and Daniel Castelo (associate professor of dogmatic and constructive theology at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary) 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."

New Master of Arts in Asian American Ministry Degree

The Master of Arts in Asian American Ministry (MA-AAM) degree program focuses on the classical theological disciplines of Scripture, church history, theology, and ethics. It reflects Seattle Pacific University’s vision to engage the culture and change the world with the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. If you select the MA-AAM degree, you will combine a core study of general theology with specialized study in race, culture, psychology, Asian American context, and Christian reconciliation. 

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Doug Koskela

Discerning God's Calling

Doug Koskela, associate professor of theology, shares about his new book, Calling and Clarity: Discovering What God Wants for Your Life.