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Patrick Oden, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Theology
Phone: (626) 815-5496
Patrick Oden, Ph.D., wrote his dissertation on the theology of Jürgen Moltmann as it relates to missional and emerging expressions of church, and will soon have it published by Fortress Press. It will be his third book; his others utilize a fictional missional community as a framework to discuss a practical pneumatology (It’s a Dance: Moving with the Holy Spirit, Barclay Press, 2007) and a constructive theodicy (How Long? The Trek Through the Wilderness, Barclay Press, 2011). He is a true Southern Californian, with family members arriving in Los Angeles beginning in the 1880s, working as farmers in the Venice, Imperial Valley, Covina, and Baldwin Park areas into the 1950s. He and his wife, Amy, were blessed with their first baby—a girl, Vianne Rose Oden—on Easter Sunday 2012. In his spare time, he loves creative writing, hiking, camping on islands, staring at trees, and watching ravens.


  • Ph.D., Theology (Emphasis in Church History), Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • B.A., History, Wheaton College
  • B.A., Biblical and Theological Studies, Wheaton College


School of Theology


  • Ecclesiology and Pneumatology
  • Emerging/Missional Church Movements
  • Liberation Theology
  • Theology of History, Anglo-American Church History 1600–1800, and 20th-Century American Church History
  • Theology of Jürgen Moltmann and Wolfhart Pannenberg
  • Wesleyan Studies, and Early Monasticism