Meet the Dean: Rev. Dr. Brian Lugioyo

Dean Lugioyo

Rev. Dr. Brian Lugioyo joined Seattle Pacific in July 2021 as the Dean of the Seminary and School of Theology. He is an elder in the Free Methodist Church.

Dr. Lugioyo was educated at Westmont College (BA), Fuller Theological Seminary (MA), and University of Aberdeen, Scotland (PhD). His research focuses on neuroscience and Christian anthropology, the role of liturgy and ethics, and the life work of the protestant reformer, Martin Bucer. 

He is the author of Martin Bucer's Doctrine of Justification (Oxford University Press, 2010), co-editor of Reconsidering the Relationship between Biblical and Systematic Theology in the New Testament: Essays by Theologians and New Testament Scholars (Mohr Siebeck, 2014), contributor on Lament as an Antiracist Practice: A Christian Response to Racial Justice (Herald Press, 2020), and author of various essays, including the chapter "Martin Luther's Eucharistic Christology" for the Oxford Handbook of Christology (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Prior to SPU, Dr. Lugioyo served as a professor of theology and ethics at Azusa Pacific University. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor of theology and bible and as the director of the master of arts in spiritual formation at Spring Arbor University. He has also served in various roles at Vanguard University and Pepperdine University.

He is Cuban-American from a family of Presbyterian ministers and theologians. Together he and his wife have three children: Linden (12), Liesel (10), and Luca (8). They also have a golden retriever, Pax.

"Dr. Lugioyo brings to Seattle Pacific a deep commitment to, and experience with, both liberal arts and theological education," said Provost Laura Hartley. "He is anchored in his Wesleyan heritage and attentive to critical issues and needs of the global Christian movement. I look forward to his energy and creativity as he leads our faculty into the next phase of the School of Theology's history."