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Featured Faculty & Degree Programs


Michael J Christensen

Director of the Center for

Theology, Spirituality, & Ministry

Featured Degrees:

Doctor of Theology & Ministry

Romantic Theology

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Thomas Jay Oord

Director of the Center for

Open & Relational Theology

Featured Degree:

Doctor of Theology & Ministry

Open & Relational Theology

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Robert J Duncan. Jr

Director of the Center for

Leadership & Specialized Ministry

Featured Degree

Doctor of Specialized Ministry

Faith-Based Leadership


Carl Savage

Director of the Center for

Archaeology and

Biblical Studies

Featured Degree

Doctor of Theology & MInistry

Biblical Languages

Busy Street

Pathway to Ministry

The Pathway to Ministry program is designed for those currently engaged in ministry and need to complete their Ministry degree. Experienced ministry mentors will guide you through a streamlined admission process and the range of options required for your degree.

Bachelor Degree Pathway

Students transferring the maximum 75 credits

can complete their Bachelor's Degree 

with 5 Courses in 5 Months for $5000

No SAT or ACT Requirements To Enroll

Master's Degree Pathway

Ordained Clergy can complete their
Master's Contextual Ministry Degree

with 3 Courses in 3 Months for $3000

No GRE, GMAT, or Language Requirements To Enroll

Doctoral Degree Pathway

Clergy with a Master's Degree can complete their

Doctor of Specialized Ministry Degree 

with 6 courses in 6 months for $6000 

No GRE, GMAT, or Language Requirements To Enroll

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Northwind offers a new style of online learning: Guided Education

When thinking about a seminary course, the common image is a professor in the front of a room, lecturing, and asking or answering questions. Sometimes facilitating peer learning in small discussion groups. This allows students to learn in a very direct way, but it is not the only way to teach. Northwind Theological Seminary courses are designed for the individual student who is taking a course anywhere (wifi available), anytime (at the student’s pace), on any device (computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone). 
The Pedagogy or teaching philosophy at Northwind is Guided Education. Faculty-Mentors vet resources, 
organize learning, and guide students in Video-Lecture Courses, Tutorial Courses, & Oxford-Style Courses.

academic centers

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 Theology & Ministry: NT Hermenutics

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

Center for Innovation in

Global Theology & Ministry

 Rev. Dennis Cheek, 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.  


Master in Contextual Ministry: Global Theology

Doctor in Contextual Ministry: Global Theology 

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