ACADEMIC CENTERS AT NORTHWIND
The academic centers of Northwind Institute and Northwind Seminary provide opportunities for students and faculty to engage with learning and enrichment in various academic concentrations.
Each Center is directed by a Core Faculty Member of the Seminary.
The academic centers offer intellectual engagement, community outreach and service, co-curricular opportunities, and commitment to interdisciplinary research and practical applications offering direct connections to the Certificate and Degree programs.
Students and faculty participate in center activities in a variety of ways, including research projects, symposia, lectures, and other activities that bring together faculty and students from every department.
Center for Leadership
& Specialized Ministry
Rev. Dr. Robert J. Duncan, Jr., Center Director
Senior Faculty and Professor of Leadership and Ministry
Founding President Northwind Institute | Seminary
FEATURED SPECIALIZED MINISTRY DEGREES:
Faith-Based Non-Profit Leadership
Intersectional Church Leadership
Center for Theology,
Spirituality, & Ministry
Rev. Michael J. Christensen, Ph.D., Center Director
Senior Faculty and Professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation
Academic Dean and Program Director for Romantic Theology
Doctor in Theology & Ministry - in Romantic Theology
Doctor in Specialized Ministry: Spiritual Formation
Doctor in Contextual Ministry : Faith-Based Community
Open and Relational Theology
Dr. Thomas J Oord, Ph.D., Center Director
Senior Faculty and Professor of Open and Relational Theology
Noted theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies
Best-selling and award-winning author and editor of over 25 books, including: God Can’t.
Doctor in Theology & Ministry: Open & Relational Theology
Center for Archaeology
and Biblical Studies
Rev. Carl E. Savage, Ph.D., Center Director
Senior Faculty and Professor of Archeology and Biblical Studies
Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies.
Doctor in Theology & Ministry: Biblical Studies
Doctor in Theology & Ministry: Biblical Languages
Doctor in Contextual Ministry: Christian Pilgrimage
Local Church Ministry
Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran, Center Director
Core Faculty and Professor of Pastoral Ministry
He is the Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains. Steve directs the ABCUSA Ordination Track for second-career and bi-vocational clergy at both Northwind Institute and Northwind Seminary.
Master in Pastoral Ministry
Doctor in Pastoral Ministry