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Doctor of Theology

Romantic Theology


Michael J. Christensen, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Center Director



Online | 42 Credits | Two Years


The Doctor of Theology is an accredited degree of advanced study delivered in an accelerated format.​

​Learn more about Romantic Theology as a discipline in this blog post from Center Director Michael J. Christensen.

Students in this degree are dually enrolled in Kairos University and receive their degree from Kairos.


Doctor of Theology - Romantic Theology

can be completed in as little as two years



Starting Well 

The Oxford Inklings 

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Michael Christensen and Dr. Terry Glaspey

Residency Week @ Kairos University in Sioux Falls, SD


C.S. Lewis on Scripture and Romantic Theology 

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Michael Christensen and Dr. Crystal Hurd

J.R.R. Tolkien on Truth in Story and Myth 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Charlie Starr and Dr. Crystal Hurd




Charles Williams on Theology of Romantic Love 

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Michael Christensen and Dr. Terry Glaspey

Owen Barfield on Creative Imagination and Consciousness 

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Charlie Starr

Residency Week @ Kairos University in Sioux Falls, SD

Comprehensive Exams

Dissertation & Defense

Continuing Well

DR. CHARLIE W. STARR, (Doctor of Arts, English)

Professor of  Inklings Studies

Charlie is the author of seven books, including The Faun’s Bookshelf: C. S. Lewis on Why Myth Matters, The Lion's Country and is hailed as the world’s leading expert on C. S. Lewis’s handwriting.  CLICK for recent interview


DR. CRYSTAL HURD (Ed.D., Educational Leadership)

Program Faculty for Inklings Studies

Crystal is the Reviews Editor for Sehnsucht: The C.S. Lewis Journal, Recipient of the Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant for Inkling Research 2020 and C.S. Lewis as Transformational Leader.


Associate Professor ofSpiritual Formation and Inklings Studies

Terry is an editor, author, and international speaker on C. S. Lewis and the Visual Arts; and author of The Spiritual Legacy of C. S. Lewis, Discovering God Through the Arts, and other noted books and articles on great books and  visual arts.


Michael J. Christensen, PhD

Director of The Center for Theology, Spirituality, and Ministry at Northwind

Professor of Theology & Spiritual Formation

Academic Dean, Senior Faculty

Meet Michael J. Christensen (M.A., Yale; Ph.D., Drew University), Professor of Theology, Spirituality, & Ministry - Center Director. Michael is the author of C. S. Lewis on Scripture, contributor to The C. S. Lewis Study Bible, former Resident Scholar at The Kilns in Oxford, and author and/or editor of eleven books on spirituality and social justice.

Program Outcomes

With a focus on rich theological reflection on ministry practice, the Doctor of Theology will help you develop and deepen your knowledge of theological content, be more fully formed in Christian character, and generate new understandings of the craft of ministry. Through the program, you will develop and demonstrate proficiency in its eight outcomes: Starting Well, Specialized Inquiry: Literature and History, Specialized Inquiry: Concepts and Models, Specialized Inquiry: Practices and Methods, Integration: Macro Context, Integration: Micro Context, Generative Learning, and Continuing Well.

Residency Experiences

Learning is not done in isolation. That's why, in addition to having a mentor team, you will participate in two week-long group residencies. These residencies will be held in Sioux Falls, SD, and provide valuable opportunities for community building and making connections. You'll be able to draw personal encouragement from others who are asking similar questions and learn from their experiences, perceptions, and wisdom.


As part of the Doctor of Theology program, you will be invited to generate for dissemination high-level scholarly research within a specialized theological field of inquiry toward the improvement of ministry praxis. You will work alongside a mentor team crafted around your specialized field of inquiry, and your entire learning experience may be individualized and contextualized as much as possible toward exploring your degree concentration and research focus. 

Customized Learning Experiences

Learning experiences in Kairos are built around an invitation for students to explore some aspect of their vocation, Christian thought and practice, or the human experience. As a Doctor of Theology student, you will be able to engage in individualized and guided learning experiences that encourage deep theological reflection on ministry practice within your context and tradition.

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