Faculty Profile

Daniel Castelo

Daniel Castelo

Professor of Dogmatic and Constructive Theology

Email: casted1@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2336
Office:  Alexander & Adelaide Hall 213

Education: BA, Lee University, 1998; MDiv, Church of God Theological Seminary, 2000; PhD, Duke University, 2005. At SPU since 2007.

Professor Castelo is a Christian theologian who is currently researching and writing in the areas of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit (pneumatology) and Latino/a studies.

People sometimes wonder about his academic title. “Dogmatics” is the formal academic field of Christian teaching and confession. “Constructive theology” has to do with the way this teaching addresses the needs of the present day. Therefore, the title indicates Professor Castelo’s desire for theology to look both to the past and the present, for only in doing so can it be helpful and hopeful.

His professional distinctions include winning the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise, participating in a two-year Wabash workshop for Latino/a faculty, and guest-editing an issue of the International Journal of Systematic Theology. He has served in formal capacities within both the American Academy of Religion and the Wesleyan Theological Society. He has lectured widely in Latin America and Europe.

Dr. Castelo is an Ordained Elder in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the Free Methodist Church. In addition to being a prolific author, he enjoys teaching and preaching in local church settings.


The Marks of Scripture: Rethinking the Nature of the Bible, with Rob Wall

Baker, 2019

The Usefulness of Scripture: Essays in Honor of Robert W. Wall

Warsaw, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2018

El Dios Cristiano, Sufrimiento y Maldad: Una Exploracion Desde el Punto de Vista de la Fe

Publicaciones Kerigma, 2017

“Daniel Castelo dirige a los lectores a través de una exploración reflexiva y perspicaz del problema del sufrimiento.La aproximación de Castelo honra el misterio de Dios, que no puede ser plenamente explicado y, por lo tanto, es inherentemente apopático.Su comprensión fundamental del mal es una "enfermedad o enfermedad escandalosa" Una condición de anti-dios. Con teodicea quizás la cuestión más urgente de hoy - no sólo en las aulas del seminario, sino en el mundo que se siente desamparado - el trabajo de Castelo ofrece una visión esperanzadora y terapéutica”

Embodying Wesley’s Catholic Spirit

Wipf and Stock, 2017

Pentecostalism as a Christian Mystical Tradition

Eerdmans, 2017

“Pentecostalism is commonly framed as ‘evangelicalism with tongues’ or dismissed as simply a revivalist movement. In this book, Castelo argues that Pentecostalism is actually best understood as a Christian mystical tradition.”

Hosea (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary), with Bo H. Lim

Eerdmans, 2015

"In this commentary Bo Lim, an Old Testament scholar, and Daniel Castelo, a theologian, 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."

Pneumatology: A Guide for the Perplexed

Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015

“This guide aims to elaborate and constructively engage some of the ongoing dogmatic challenges within the field of Christian pneumatology. Rather than a strict survey, the book largely represents a collection of working proposals on a number of relevant themes, including cosmology, mediation, the nature and role of Spirit-baptism, and discernment.”

Confessing the Triune God

Cascade Books, 2014

Holiness as a Liberal Art

Pickwick Press, 2012

Revisioning Pentecostal Ethics: The Epicletic Community

CPT Press, 2012

Theological Theodicy

Cascade, 2012

The Apathetic God: Exploring the Contemporary Relevance of Divine Impassibility

Paternoster/Wipf and Stock, 2009

Please view Dr. Castelo’s CV (PDF) or Digital Commons author profile for additional publications.

Personal Links

Dr. Castelo's website

Daniel Castelo

Why I Teach at SPU

Daniel Castelo, Professor of Dogmatic and Constructive Theology

“I teach at SPU because historically and currently this place promotes and embodies a kind of evangelical catholicity. We value the transformation of the heart, the urgency of both holy reasoning and mission, and the call to lead a sanctified life. These commitments can be fostered in a number of church traditions, and SPU recognizes this reality because of its Wesleyan heritage.”