Faculty Profile

Kerry Dearborn

Kerry Dearborn

Professor Emerita of Theology

Education: BA, Whitman College, 1972; MS, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1988; PhD, University of Aberdeen, U.K., 1994. At SPU from 1994 to 2016.

Kerry Dearborn has taught theology at SPU, for Fuller Seminary Extension in Seattle, and at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to teaching, she enjoys speaking at churches, conferences, and universities across the United States and in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Dearborn gave a Staley Lecture at John Brown University; the Clappe-Wesche Lecture Series at George Fox and Western Seminary; and public lectures at Regent College. She has lectured at conferences at Point Loma University, Cambridge University, Regent College, Taylor University, and Abilene Christian College, and with Ivy Jungle.

She has also spoken and taught classes at a number of churches, as well as for Young Life’s Malibu Discipleship Weekend. She delights in developing relationships with students and in her involvement with regular student Bible study groups.

Dr. Dearborn is a member of Seattle’s Bethany Presbyterian Church, where she serves on its global outreach committee. She also serves on the boards of the Scholar Leaders International and the Stewardship Foundation, and is an Advisory Board member for Seven.


Drinking from the Wells of New Creation: The Holy Spirit and the Imagination in Reconciliation

Cascade Books, 2014

“Dearborn provides us with the gift of deep insight into the heart of God and the ways of the Spirit to open our eyes, our hearts, our homes, and our lives to God and others. Through profound theological reflection interwoven with compelling stories, this book draws us into God's healing love and new creation.”

Baptized Imagination: The Theology of George MacDonald

Ashgate Publishing, 2006

"The imagination has been called 'the principal organ for knowing and responding to disclosures of transcendent truth.' This book probes the theological sources of the imagination, which make it a vital and reliable tool for knowing and responding to such disclosures. It approaches this study through focus on the theological and imaginative writer George MacDonald." (1)

Selected Publications

  • “The Sacrament of the Stranger in C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and George MacDonald,” Truths Breathed Through Silver: The Inklings' Moral and Mythopoeic Legacy (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).
  • "The Crucified Christ as the Motherly God: The Theology of Julian of Norwich," The Scottish Journal of Theology, Vol. 55, Issue 3, August 2002.
  • “The Trinity," InterVarsity Press Women's Bible Commentary (InterVarsity, 2002).

Please view Dr. Dearborn’s CV for additional publications.