Faculty Profile

Mike Langford

Michael D. Langford

Professor of Theology, Discipleship, and Ministry

Email: langford@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2815
Office:  Alexander & Adelaide Hall 402

Education: BS, Symbolic Systems, Stanford University, 1993; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2001; PhD Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2010.

Mike Langford’s research, teaching, and ministry lie at the intersection of the church and the academy. Trained in both doctrinal theology and practical theology, Dr. Langford has published work in both fields and has research interests that theologically address such diverse areas as youth, disability, ecology, technology, and vocation. As a teacher, Prof. Langford has taught classes in theology, ministry, and spirituality at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and regularly speaks at national conferences. As a minister, Rev. Langford is an ordained Presbyterian pastor, and has served for several years in church ministry, predominantly in youth and family ministry. He is also Executive Director of Immerse Youth Discipleship Academy.

Mike, his wife, and four children live in the Seattle area and are active members of Bethany Presbyterian Church.


AI, Faith, and the Future: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Pickwick Publications, 2022

Embodying Youth: Exploring Youth Ministry and Disability

Routledge Press, 2020

Selected Publications

A Faith of Their Own” on Patheos.com (November 2013)

Pastors, Partners, and Padawans: Surrounded in the Journey of Following Jesus” on CYMT.org (May 2013)

“Troubled Complexion: Adolescent Abandonment as Spiritual Facelessness in the Thought of James Loder,” in The Journal of Youth Ministry, Vol. XIII, No. 1 (Fall 2014), 89-108

“Spirit-Driven Discipleship: A Pneumatology of Youth Ministry,” in Theology Today, Vol. LXXI, No. 3 (October 2014), 323-336


Please view Dr. Langford's CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Michael Langford

Michael D. Langford, Professor of Theology, Discipleship, and Ministry

“The unifying focus on a common mission is engaging. SPU has a genuine and ambitious desire to help students holistically grow into an identity of being world-changers, an orientation that bolsters our life together with a great deal of energy, imagination, and hope.”