Faculty Profile

Doug Strong

Douglas M. Strong

Paul T. Walls Professor of Wesleyan Studies,
Professor of the History of Christianity

Email: dstrong@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2473
Office:  Alexander & Adelaide Hall 301

Education: BA, Houghton College, 1978; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1981; PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1990. At SPU since 2007.

Douglas Strong teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of Theology.

Dr. Strong’s field of study is American religious history, particularly the history of 19th-century revivalism, social reform, and the Wesleyan/Holiness movement in America. He is a past president of the Wesleyan Theological Society, a co-convener of the History of Methodism Working Group of the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, and is on the Steering Committee of the Wesleyan Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion. He has conducted several Wesley Heritage Study Tours to England.

He has also led students on numerous trips to Russia. He has taught four times at the Theological Seminary of the Russian Methodist Church, and served on that school’s board of trustees. He taught at two theological schools in Korea. He is committed to intercultural learning as essential for students preparing to live out their Christian vocation in a global society.

Dr. Strong is an ordained clergyman in the United Methodist Church and served for eight years as a pastor in East Brunswick, New Jersey. He is especially interested in reviving the Wesleyan practice of small-group accountable discipleship among today’s Christians.


Workshop of the Holy Spirit

Cascade Books, 2022

Rediscovering an Evangelical Heritage: A Tradition and Trajectory of Integrating Piety and Justice, with Donald Dayton (2nd Edition)

Mt. Baker Publishing, 2014

Reclaiming the Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley's Sermons for Today

Discipleship Resources, 2007

Perfectionist Politics: Abolitionism and the Religious Tensions of American Democracy

Syracuse University Press, 1999

They Walked in the Spirit: Personal Faith and Social Action in America

Westminster John Knox, 1997

Readings in Christian Ethics: A Historical Sourcebook

Westminster John Knox, 1996

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