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 Paul T. Walls Lecture

Join us on May 4 and 5 for the annual Paul T. Walls Lecture in Wesleyan Theology, exploring the place of spiritual perception in Wesley's understanding of how one comes to embrace the Christian faith.

This year the first lecture on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. will feature Dr. Robert Wall and Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, discussing the concept of evolution and biology as it relates to the Bible and New Creation.  The following day, Thursday, May 5, at 3 p.m. will feature Dr. Randy Maddox and Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, who will dialogue on faith and science.

Both of these events are free and require no RSVP. The first takes place at First Free Methodist Church (adjacent to campus) and the second at Otto Miller Hall, Room 109 (on campus).  For more information, see the Walls Lecture website.

"Last Lecture" by Professor Kerry Dearborn

SPU's Ivy Honorary presents "The Last Lecture of Professor Kerry Dearborn" on Tuesday, May 17, 6:00 p.m. in the Otto Miller Hall lobby and 107.  Dr. Dearborn is a Professor of Theology and will retire this year after 19 years at SPU.  Students, faculty, staff, and the general public are welcome to attend.

Announcement: Dr. Kerry Dearborn and Dr. Ed Smyth's Retirement

At the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, two gifted and beloved faculty members of the School of Theology, Dr. Kerry Dearborn and Dr. Ed Smyth, will be retiring.

They will be honored at a retirement reception on Monday, May 23, which is open to faculty, staff and alumni who have known them.  If you would like more information on the reception, please contact   If you would like to email a tribute for Dr. Dearborn and/or Dr. Smyth, to be given at the reception, please send messages to

We will miss both of them deeply and wish them the best in this next chapter. 

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."

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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.