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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


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



Doctor in Theology & Ministry - in Romantic Theology

Doctor in Specialized Ministry: Spiritual Formation

Doctor in Contextual Ministry  : Faith-Based Community 

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.


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

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. 


Master in Pastoral Ministry

Doctor in Pastoral Ministry

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