Center for Biblical and Theological Education Staff
The Rev. Celeste Cranston
Ordained a Free Methodist minister in 2001, the Rev. Celeste Cranston received her elder’s orders from the Pacific Northwest Conference of the Free Methodist Church in 2005. From 1993 to 2009, the Rev. Cranston served Lakeview Free Methodist Church as director of adult ministries and music, director of the women’s shelter, and, beginning in 2001, associate pastor.
From 1986 to 1993, she was employed by Seattle Pacific University, where she worked in three departments: the Division of Continuing Studies, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Religion. Before coming to SPU, she taught high school at Asuncion Christian Academy, serving as a VISA missionary to Paraguay for the Free Methodist Church. She also directed Greenville College’s Academic Enrichment Center.
The Rev. Dr. Doug Strong, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor of the History of Christianity, School of Theology
In addition to his role as dean of Seattle Pacific University’s School of Theology, Dr. Doug Strong teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the School. His field of study is American religious history, particularly the history of 19th-century revivalism, social reform, and the Wesleyan/Holiness movement in America. He is a past president of the Wesleyan Theological Society, a co-convener of the History of Methodism Working Group of the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, and is on the Steering Committee of the Wesleyan Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion.
Dr. Strong is an ordained clergyman in the United Methodist Church and served for eight years as a pastor in East Brunswick, New Jersey. He is particularly interested in reviving the Wesleyan practice of small-group accountable discipleship among today’s Christians.
Interim Assistant Director
A recent graduate from Seattle Pacific Seminary, Nate Hoover joined the CBTE as interim Assistant Director in Fall 2015. He received a Bachelor's degree in English: Creative Writing from Western Washington University, and graduated with a master of arts in Christian Scripture from Seattle Pacific Seminary in 2015.
Nate's interests include Old Testament, indoor rock-climbing, backpacking, and cross-country skiing. He oversees Community Bible Study and the implementation of Wesleyan-style small groups in UFDN 1000 classes. Nate is glad to have the opportunity to facilitate programs and events which help bring the academy and the church together.