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 Assistant Professor of Christian Scripture, J.J. Johnson Leese, who serves as TSU faculty advisor, at or 206-281-2249.

Upcoming Events 2017-2018

Thursday, January 18 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm | Arnett Hall Lobby

Women's Panel: Gender and Journey: Hearing Stories of Courage from Refugee Women. This event will include the stories of three women who were refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Ukraine. They were resettled through World Relief in Seattle and will share some of the unique challenges of refugee resettlement presents for women. Included in their stories will be their faith reflections from both Christian and Islamic heritages.

Tuesday, February 13 | 4:30 - 6:30 pm | First Free Methodist Church Fine Center

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Meal. This is in partnership with University Ministries and will be the kickoff event for the Lenten Season.

Saturday & Sunday, April 7-8 | Camp Casey

TSU Retreat at Camp Casey. Theme yet to be determined.

Thursday, April 18 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm | Emerson Lobby

Theology Student Luncheon. This event will feature a panel of recent Theology graduates who will share about their vocational journeys.

Wednesday, May 30 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm | Wallace Field

Theology Student Softball Game. Students against faculty!

Thursday, June 7 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm | First Free Methodist Church

Theology Graduate Commissioning Service and Reception.

Faculty Contact

J.J. Johnson Leese

Assistant Professor of Christian Scripture
PhD, University of Durham

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."