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Michael Bruner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Practical Theology
Phone: (626) 815-5452
Fax: (616) 815-5469
Michael Bruner, Ph.D., was born and raised in the Philippines as the child of missionary parents. He has taught in various capacities at APU for more than 10 years in the departments of education, English, and practical theology, as well as in the Honors College. He is also an adjunct professor of theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. Bruner has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally and has published articles on topics ranging from the literary alchemy of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to tropes of divine violence in Flannery O’Connor’s The Violent Bear It Away. His areas of interest include theology, practical theology, 19th and 20th century literature, the intersection of literature and theology, spiritual identity and ego development, theological and cultural hermeneutics, and Christian education. Bruner is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a resident scholar at the Huntington Library in San Marino.


  • Ph.D., Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., Spiritual Development and Christian Education, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • B.A., English, University of Washington


School of Theology

  • Department of Practical Theology

Honors College

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 110 – Freshman Writing
  • ENGL 111 – Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 354 – American Literature Since 1865
  • ENGL 403 – Principles of Language
  • ENGL 407 – Composition: Theory and Practice
  • ENGL 498 – Directed Research
  • HUM 322H – Humanities Seminar II: Literary Masterpieces (Honors)
  • MIN 108 – Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry
  • MIN 108H – Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry (Honors)
  • MIN 206 – Introduction to Practical Theology
  • MIN 496 – Senior Seminar: Church and Society
  • MINC 416 – Communicating the Gospel Through Film
  • MINC 495 – Topics in Christian Ministry
  • MINC 495H – Topics in Christian Ministry: Theological Anthropology (Honors)