Faculty Profile

Michael Langford

Michael D. Langford

Associate Professor of Theology, Discipleship, and Ministry

Email: langford@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2815
Office: Alexander Hall

Education: BS, Symbolic Systems, Stanford University, 1993; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2001; PhD Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2010.

Mike Langford's teaching, research, and ministry lie at the intersection of the church and the academy. An ordained Presbyterian pastor, Dr. Langford served for several years in church ministry prior to his work at SPU, predominately in youth and family ministry. Trained in both doctrinal theology and practical theology, he has been part of a number of research teams and published work in both fields. As a teacher, he has taught classes in theology, ministry, and spirituality at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

In all these roles, as a theologian of the church, Dr. Langford’s interests focus on the relation of theology and ministry, spirituality and Christian life. How does and should theology direct the comprehensive mission of the church, our relation to God, and our life with each other? What are the theological grounds for who we are and what we do? Or, what are the practical implications for who we are and what we do? Through the lens of such fields as discipleship, spiritual formation, youth ministry, developmental psychology, missional theology, globalization, and soteriology, Dr. Langford works toward addressing these questions.

Dr. Langford, his wife, and four children live in Seattle where they are active members of Bethany Presbyterian Church.

Selected Publications

A Faith of Their Own” on Patheos.com (November 2013)

Pastors, Partners, and Padawans: Surrounded in the Journey of Following Jesus” on CYMT.org (May 2013)

“Troubled Complexion: Adolescent Abandonment as Spiritual Facelessness in the Thought of James Loder,” in The Journal of Youth Ministry, Vol. XIII, No. 1 (Fall 2014), 89-108

“Spirit-Driven Discipleship: A Pneumatology of Youth Ministry,” in Theology Today, Vol. LXXI, No. 3 (October 2014), 323-336


Please view Dr. Langford's CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Michael Langford

Why I Teach at SPU

Michael D. Langford, Associate Professor of Theology, Discipleship, and Ministry

“The unifying focus on a common mission is engaging. SPU has a genuine and ambitious desire to help students holistically grow into an identity of being world-changers, an orientation that bolsters our life together with a great deal of energy, imagination and hope.”