Theology Student Union

Created by Seattle Pacific University School of Theology students, the Theology Student Union is a gathering of undergraduate theology majors and minors interested in reflecting and acting upon God’s self-revelation to humanity, particularly as it relates to, critiques, and envelopes our culture.

  • TSU seeks to create a bond between all students in the School of Theology through discussion and participation in programmed events and forums both inside and outside the classroom.

  • TSU is student-run, sponsored and funded by the Associated Students of Seattle Pacific, as well as a grant from the SERVE (Spiritual and Educational Resources for Vocational Exploration) program through the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the TSU, contact Instructor of Christian Scripture, J.J. Johnson Leese, who serves as TSU faculty advisor, at or 206-281-2249.

TSU Leadership Stories

Jordan StarkJordan Stark
Junior from Highlands Ranch, CO
Educational Ministry Major

Bill DouthitBill Douthit 
Junior from New York City, NY
Christian Scriptures Major


Women in Ministry at SPU

Believing that God calls both women and men into service for the Kingdom, the School of Theology, in cooperation with TSU, offers two initiatives specifically created to encourage and support women studying theology or discerning calls into vocational ministry. Likewise, our second initiative is open to men who are interested in learning more about this topic. Both initiatives are hosted by the staff of the Center for Biblical and Theological Education.

  • First Fridays — On the first Friday of every month, undergraduate women are invited to gather at Kingswood House for coffee, snacks, and conversation. This is an opportunity for mutual support and encouragement between women.

  • Cadre — Every other Thursday both women and men gather to work through a catechesis that lays out a biblical support for women in all roles of leadership in the church. Written by SPU graduate, Dr. Shannon Smythe , and the Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, Dr. Rob Wall, this helpful resource will help guide conversation on this challenging topic.

For more information about either initiative, email CBTE Director Rev. Celeste Cranston at

Faculty Contact

J.J. Johnson Leese

Assistant Professor of Christian Scripture

Phone: 206-281-2249
Office: Alexander Hall

“Whether it has been in the context of the classroom, over lunch in Gwinn, a cup of coffee in the Weter coffee shop, or even in their homes, faculty and professors have made studying theology a life-giving experience by taking the time to invest in our lives, and allowing us to share in theirs.”
Laura Opperman '08
JJ Leese

Why I Teach at SPU

J.J. Johnson Leese, Assistant Professor of Christian Scripture

"I find it fulfilling to teach with colleagues and students at SPU, where we strive for a creative blend of intellectual inquiry, practical application, and a spirituality rooted in knowing and living the love of God."