School of Theology News and Events

  • 2021 Walls Lecture

    Oct 21, 2021

    Join us on November 10 as Dr. Robert W. Wall, Paul T. Walls Professor Emeritus of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, gives his final Walls Lecture, presenting on the Holy Spirit’s role in the Bible’s formation. Dr. Douglas M. Strong, the new Paul T. Walls Professor of Wesleyan Studies and History of Christianity, is the respondent. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Entry is free.

    *Please note the conditions of entry listed on the 2021 Walls Lecture webpage.

  • 2021 Envision Webinar

    Mar 18, 2021

    If you've ever envisioned yourself in Christian ministry, or you want to deepen your understanding of how Christian ministry can happen in our daily lives, join Seattle Pacific Seminary for Envision on Tuesday, April 13.  

  • Book Celebration 2021

    Mar 13, 2021

    Join Seattle Pacific University’s Center for Biblical and Theological Education, School of Theology, and Seattle Pacific Seminary for a special event highlighting our faculty authors. 

  • 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.”

  • Alfred S. Palmer Lecture 2021

    Aug 21, 2019

    We invite you to join us for the Annual Alfred S. Palmer Lecture, featuring Rev. Canon Esau McCaulley, PhD, New Testament scholar and Anglican priest, on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. This lecture is free and open to all via Zoom.

  • 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