Theology Student Union

Theology majors and minors meet to discuss upcoming events

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.

2016 TSU Events  

The following events are scheduled for the Winter/Spring of 2016 and are open to all students. 

Thursday, January 21st, 7-8:30 pm: Panel on Women in Ministry (Arnett Hall)

  • Celebrating Stories – Blessing Women in Ministry. This event includes a panel of faculty and students who are currently involved with a variety of Christian Ministries.  The focus will be on hearing the personal and professional stories including ministry opportunities and challenges. Faculty Participants include Dr. Sara Koenig, Dr. Bo Lim, Susan Lane Okomoto and Rev Celeste Cranston. There will be time for questions from the student body.

Thursday, January 28th, 7-8:30 pm: Dessert Fellowship at Prof. Kerry Dearborn’s Home (Queen Anne)

  • This event is hosted by TSU as a time for interested students to casually gather in a Professor’s home to discuss a topic of interest, enjoy fellowship and a home-made dessert. This quarter we will meet in Professor Kerry Dearborn’s home to discuss issues related to refugees and the Christian response.

Friday, Feb 12th 12:00-2:00pm: Luncheon/Lecture for new Theology Students (Upper Gwinn) 

  • This annual Luncheon highlights/introduces new Theology Students and/or intended Theology students to School of Theology Faculty and returning Theology Students. Each year a featured speaker addresses a topic of importance. This year the speaker with be Dr. Edwardo Fernandez, Pastor of Professional Theology and Ministry at Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California.

Saturday/Sunday, April 9th & 10th: TSU Student Retreat (Camp Casey)

  • This event is open to all SPU students and is a time to get away from campus to reflect on a particular topic, make new friends and enjoy the outdoors.  The topic for this year’s retreat is how to find one’s vocation/calling in life. More details forthcoming.  

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


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."