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Faculty Profile

Doug Koskela

Douglas Koskela

Associate Professor of Theology; Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies

Phone: 206-281-2261
Office: Alexander Hall

Education: BA, Seattle Pacific University, 1995; MDiv, Duke Divinity School, 1998; PhD, Southern Methodist University, 2003. At SPU since 2001.

Doug Koskela primarily teaches systematic theology and the University Foundations sequence. His areas of research interest include Wesleyan theology, the nature and authority of Scripture, ecclesiology, and vocation.

Dr. Koskela is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Wesleyan Theological Society, and he currently serves as the 2nd Vice President of the Wesleyan Theological Society. He is also active in the Canonical Theism project, a collaboration of scholars across the theological disciplines aimed at recovering the full riches of the Christian tradition to revitalize theology and the life of the church.

Dr. Koskela has authored a book, as well as numerous articles and book chapters; he is an ordained elder in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the Free Methodist Church. He and his family live in Issaquah, Washington.


Ecclesiality and Ecumenism: Yves Congar and the Road to Unity

Marquette University Press, 2008

Immersed in the Life of God: The Healing Resources of the Christian Faith: Essays in Honor of William J. Abraham (with Gavrilyuk, Paul L., and Vickers, Jason E.)

Eerdmans, 2008

"Douglas M. Koskela reflects on ecclesial reconciliation as a healing practice. With attention to both ecumenical and intra-ecclesial relationships, he examines the impetus toward and patterns of reconciliatory practice ... He suggests that, by approaching reconciliation in a posture of humility and attentiveness to its own canonical riches, the church has genuine hope of restoration and revitalization." (x)

Selected Publications

  • "Discipline and Polity,” in The Cambridge Companion to American Methodism, edited by Jason E. Vickers (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • “A Wesleyan Understanding of the Authority of Scripture,” in Wesley, Wesleyans, and Reading the Bible as Scripture, edited by Joel B. Green and David F. Watson (Baylor University Press, 2012)
  • “‘But Who Laid Hands on Him?’ Apostolicity and Methodist Ecclesiology,” in Pro Ecclesia, Winter 2011, Volume XX, Number 1

Please view Dr. Koskela’s CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Doug Koskela

Why I Teach at SPU

Douglas Koskela, Associate Professor of Theology

"I teach at SPU because it offers an ideal context in which to live out the vocation of a teacher-scholar. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to think, talk, and act on things that matter with people who care."