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Steve Harper, PhD.

Senior Faculty

Professor of Wesleyan Studies


Director - Wesleyan Studies Program

Until his retirement in 2012, Steve Harper served for forty-three years as an Elder in The United Methodist Church. In addition to a variety of pastoral ministries, he served for thirty years as a seminary professor, teaching in the disciplines of Wesley Studies and Spiritual Formation. He also served for a season at The Upper Room in Nashville as Dean of the Chapel and co-director of the Pathways Initiative, a formation ministry for leaders. 


Along the way, he has authored 23 books, co-authored another 16, and written numerous articles in academic journals and popular magazines. In addition, he has been a frequent preacher and teacher in local churches, retreats, and conferences in the United States and elsewhere.


Married to Jeannie since 1970, they have been engaged in ministry to ministers and their spouses since the mid-1990’s when they founded Shepherd's Care. And more than anything else they are the parents of two children (and in-laws), and three grand children. Travel has been a great joy for them, visiting the 48 continental United States and five Canadian provinces in Jeannie’s “Little Red Truck” and pop-up camper, as well as many foreign countries (especially Spain, multiple times).


As Director of the Wesleyan Studies Program at Northwind, he aims to offer students an experience with progressive Wesleyan theology that will enable them to be engaged in the New Awakening occurring in the world and in the NextChurch re-formation in the Body of Christ.



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