School of Theology News and Events

  • Esther G. Cen, Instructor of Biblical Studies, begins Sept. 2020

    Apr 27, 2020

    Esther Cen comes to Seattle Pacific from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She is completing her PhD (ABD) in Christian Theology (New Testament Studies) at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton. She received her Master of Divinity at Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, Alberta. She is also fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English, and has three upcoming publications on scholars Mikhail Baktin, Wilhelm Bousset, and Lin Yutang. “I have learned that a teacher can impress students at a distance,” she says, “but can only impact them up close.”

  • Sègbégnon Mathieu Gnonhossou, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, begins Sept 2020

    Apr 27, 2020

    Dr. Gnonhossou (who goes by either Sègbégnon or Mathieu) comes to Seattle Pacific from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky where he was Adjunct Professor of African/African-American Studies. He received his PhD in Public Theology from The University of Manchester in England and his DMin from Asbury Theological Seminary. He has an upcoming publication, “Conversion as an Act of Reclamation: John and Charles Wesley’s Interactions with Two Enslaved West Africans,” and is an Organizing Pastor of All Nations African Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Gnonhossou is fluent in the African languages of Goungbe, Fongbe, and Torigbe, as well as French and English. He says, “I see teaching primarily as an invitation to a relationship of discovery, reconsideration, deconstruction and reconstruction with an ultimate goal to add life-giving values to human existence.”

  • 2019 Palmer Lecture on October 8: "The Land as Kin: Renewing Our Imagination"

    Aug 21, 2019

    We invite you to join us for the 41st Annual Alfred S. Palmer Lecture featuring Ellen F. Davis, PhD, Amos Ragan Kearns professor of Bible and practical theology at Duke Divinity School, on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. This lecture is free and open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

    The Lecture in its entirety can be viewed here.

  • View and Read the 2019 Walls Lecture Given by Dr. Frank Spina

    May 30, 2019

    Click here to watch the recording of the 2019 Walls Lecture, given on May 14 by retiring professor Dr. Frank Spina entitled, "Discovering Jesus' Personal Bible: The Greatest Archaeological Find Ever." You can also read the lecture manuscript. 

  • Convergent Conference 2019

    Mar 27, 2019

    Join us for the Convergent Conference on June 15, 2019 in Upper Gwinn Commons from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., where we will explore questions of how genuine worship can exist in this fragmented age. Engage and discover with us through prayer, song, creative arts, and conversation. This daylong conference will feature pastors, scholars, and practitioners who share a deep love for the Triune God and the full diversity of the Church at worship.

  • Walls Lecture 2019 and Frank Spina's Retirement Reception - May 14, 2019

    Mar 12, 2019

    Please join us on May 14 in Upper Gwinn Commons to honor Dr. Frank Spina and his 46 years of teaching at SPU. The retirement reception from 3-5pm will be followed by the Walls Lecture at 7pm. Dr. Spina will give the lecture, entitled, "Discovering Jesus' Personal Bible: The Greatest Archaeological Find Ever." More information about the reception and lecture can be found here. Tributes for Dr. Spina can be sent to

  • School of Theology Events in Winter and Spring 2019

    Jan 7, 2019

    The School of Theology and Seattle Pacific Seminary welcome you to several public events during Winter and Spring Quarters, 2019. Click here to view the full list. Check back as the events get closer for more information.

  • NEW Worship Arts Leadership Minor!

    Jun 20, 2018

    The Worship Arts Leadership minor is an interdisciplinary program housed in the School of Theology and administered by the Center for Worship. In this new minor, students learn how to reflect theologically on worship, create appropriate liturgical materials, and participate in various types of worship services. Drawing on various forms of artistic expression, students will gain experience collaborating with a team to plan, lead, and facilitate worship in congregational settings. Learn more about the minor and its degree requirements here.

  • Walls Lecture 2018

    Apr 13, 2018

    Building on last year’s Walls Lecture, which told the story of the Bible’s past at SPU, Professors Daniel Castelo and Rob Wall propose a rethinking of the Bible’s nature and practice as the church’s book for the 21st century. Rather than comparing the Bible with the twofold nature of Christ — i.e., the Bible is a human production of God’s divine word — a different analogy is proposed. The Bible’s nature and its Spirit-inspired witness are like the four “marks” of the church: The Bible also is “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.” Our pivotal affirmation: The Bible is the church’s book, formed by the church in order to reform and form the church after Christ’s likeness. Hear personal reflections on how this rubric may help shape SPU’s Wesleyan identity and the School of Theology’s brand of theological education.