Theology Student Union

Theology majors and minors meet to discuss upcoming events

Created by Seattle Pacific University School of Theology students, the Theology Student Union is a gathering of undergraduate theology majors and minors interested in reflecting and acting upon God’s self-revelation to humanity, particularly as it relates to, critiques, and envelopes our culture.

  • TSU seeks to create a bond between all students in the School of Theology through discussion and participation in programmed events and forums both inside and outside the classroom.

  • TSU is student-run, sponsored and funded by the Associated Students of Seattle Pacific, as well as a grant from the SERVE (Spiritual and Educational Resources for Vocational Exploration) program through the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the TSU, contact Assistant Professor of Christian Scripture, J.J. Johnson Leese, who serves as TSU faculty advisor, at leesej@spu.edu or 206-281-2249.


Upcoming Events 2017-2018


Saturday & Sunday, April 7-8 | Camp Casey

TSU Retreat at Camp Casey. This year, Dr. Mike Langford, Associate Professor of Theology, Discipleship, and Ministry, speaks on the theme: "Real Rest in a Netflix World: Cultivating Inner Peace in a Digital Age." Cost is $20, which includes meals and lodging at the scenic Camp Casey on Whidbey Island. On Friday, April 6, there is a TSU dinner from 4:30 - 6:00 pm at the Kingswood House (303 W Dravus St.). We will carpool to Camp Casey on Saturday, April 7, leaving SPU at 9:00 am. We will leave Camp Casey at noon on Sunday, April 8. To register, or for more information, please email Nate Hoover at theology@spu.edu by Friday, March 30.


Thursday, April 19 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm | Emerson Lobby

Theology Student Luncheon. Come hear from current Theology students and recent alumni as they share about their vocational journeys and their experiences in the School of Theology. Lunch is provided! New Theology majors and minors will also be honored at this event, and will receive a free book.


Thursday, May 31 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm | Wallace Field

Theology Student Softball Game. The annual faculty vs. student softball game returns to Wallace Field. Pizza dinner follows the game.


Thursday, June 7 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm | First Free Methodist Church

Theology Graduate Commissioning Service and Reception. Celebrate with graduating seniors as they are honored at the Commissioning Service. Program in the sanctuary from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. Reception follows in the Fine Center 5:00 - 6:00 pm.


Faculty Contact

J.J. Johnson Leese

Assistant Professor of Christian Scripture
PhD, University of Durham

Email: leesej@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2249
Office: Alexander Hall

“Whether it has been in the context of the classroom, over lunch in Gwinn, a cup of coffee in the Weter coffee shop, or even in their homes, faculty and professors have made studying theology a life-giving experience by taking the time to invest in our lives, and allowing us to share in theirs.”
Laura Opperman '08
JJ Leese

Why I Teach at SPU

J.J. Johnson Leese, Assistant Professor of Christian Scripture

"I find it fulfilling to teach with colleagues and students at SPU, where we strive for a creative blend of intellectual inquiry, practical application, and a spirituality rooted in knowing and living the love of God."

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