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 MINITRY DEGREES:

Wesleyan Studies

Faith-Based Education

Faith-Based Non-Profit Leadership

Faith-Based Communications

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

 

FEATURED DEGREES:

Doctor in Theology & Ministry - in Romantic Theology

Doctor in Specialized Ministry: Spiritual Formation

Doctor in Contextual Ministry  : Faith-Based Community 
                                                  Development

Center for

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.

FEATURED DEGREE:

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.

FEATURED DEGREES:

Doctor in Theology & Ministry: Biblical Studies

Doctor in Theology & Ministry: Biblical Languages

Doctor in Contextual Ministry:  Christian Pilgrimage

Center for New Testament

and Hermeneutics

Thomas E. Phillips, Ph.D., MLS, M.Div., M.A., Center Director
Senior Faculty and Professor of Biblical Hermeneutics


Dr. Phillips is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. He is the author of numerous books and articles.

FEATURED DEGREE:

Doctor in Theology & Ministry:

Contemporary New Testament Study and Interpretation

Center for Innovation in

Global Theology & Ministry

 Rev. Dennis Cheek, Ph.D,, Ph.D. Center Director
Senior Faculty and Professor of Global Theology & Ministry


Dr.Cheek's interdisciplinary leadership, research, and activities have focused on creativity, all levels of formal education, entrepreneurship, innovation, nonprofits, philanthropy, professional development, theology, and science, technology and society.  

FEATURED DEGREES:

Master in Contextual Ministry: Global Theology

Doctor in Contextual Ministry: Global Theology 

Center for

Ecumenical Studies

Rev. Dr. Dan Kroger, Center Director

Core Faculty

 

Dan  has been an Adjunct Professor of Liturgy at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary and an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Ministry at Drew University.

 

FEATURED DEGREES:

Master in Contextual Ministry: Ecumenical Studies

Doctor in Contextual Ministry: Ecumenical Studies

Center for

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. 

FEATURED DEGREES:

Master in Pastoral Ministry

Doctor in Pastoral Ministry