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Lectureship Series

Lectureship on Holy Living

Azusa Pacific Seminary is committed to demonstrating the vitality of the historic Wesleyan message as a response to the complex spiritual and social issues facing Christians today. In keeping with this purpose, outstanding scholars are invited to campus to present the results of studies in Wesleyan holiness thought. In 1991, this lectureship was renamed to honor Malcolm R. Robertson, EdD, for his 43 years of faithful service to Azusa Pacific University as a professor and administrator.

2020 David Fitch, PhD
Pastor, Life on the Vince Christian Community, Chicago
Betty R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary, Chicago
2019 MaryKate Morse, PhD
George Fox University
2018 Rev. Albert Tate
Fellowship Monrovia
2017 Rt. Rev. Alexei Smith
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Don Thorsen, PhD
Azusa Pacific University
Eve Tibbs, PhD
Fuller Theological Seminary
2016 Amos Yong, PhD
Fuller Theological Seminary
2015 Carla Sunberg, PhD
Nazarene Theological Seminary
2014 Gayle Beebe, PhD
Westmont College
Kevin Mannoia, PhD
Azusa Pacific University
David Wright, PhD
Indiana Wesleyan University
T. Scott Daniels, PhD
Azusa Pacific University
2013 Ben Witherington III, PhD
Asbury Theological Seminary
2012 No event
2011 Douglas Strong, PhD
Seattle Pacific University
2010 Dallas Willard, PhD
University of Southern California
2009 Stanley Hauerwas, PhD
Duke Divinity School
2008 David Le Shana, PhD
George Fox University and Seattle Pacific University
2007 David Bundy, PhD
Fuller Theological Seminary
2006 Joel B. Green, PhD
Asbury Theological Seminary
2005 Barry Callen, PhD
Anderson University
2004 Cheryl Bridges Johns, PhD
Church of God Theological Seminary
2003 Arthur O. Roberts
George Fox University
2002 Stephen Gunter, PhD
Emory University
2001 No event
2000 Larry Shelton, ThD
George Fox Evangelical Seminary
1999 Jim Garlow, PhD
Senior Pastor, Skyline Wesleyan Church
1998 Thomas C. Oden, PhD
Drew University
1997 Irv Brendlinger, PhD
George Fox University
1996 Samuel Kamaleson, STD
Former Vice President at Large, World Vision International
1995 Justo L. González, PhD
Author, Lecturer, and Educator
1994 D. Eugene Pickard, D.Miss.
Barclay College
1993 Susie C. Stanley, PhD
Western Evangelical Seminary
1992 Ralph P. Martin, PhD
Fuller Theological Seminary
Alan G. Padgett, PhD
Azusa Pacific University
Don Thorsen, PhD
Azusa Pacific University
1991 Lee M. Haines
The Wesleyan Church
1990 W. Stanley Johnson, PhD
Western Evangelical Seminary
1989 Melvin E. Dieter, PhD
Asbury Theological Seminary
1988 Luke Keefer, PhD
Ashland Theological Seminary
1987 Howard Snyder, PhD
United Theological Seminary

Faith Matters Lecture Series

The Faith Matters Lecture Series is presented four times per year by undergraduate and graduate faculty members of APU’s School of Theology. Lectures encompass a wide variety of topics surrounding the discipline of theology in today’s world, including biblical studies, theology and ethics, and practical ministry, to provide encouragement with issues facing Christians today. The series was started by a committee composed of six members: Rob Muthiah, Don Thorsen, Karen Winslow, Kay Smith, Cheryl Crawford, and Carmeli Silva.

  • October 27, Black Lives Matter: Jacquelyn Winston, PhD, Jessica Wong, PhD, Greg Moder, PhD, Michael Mata, MDiv, Rob Muthiah, PhD (moderator)
  • January 26, Persecution: How would YOU Respond? Kay Higuera Smith, PhD
  • September 24, An Apology for Apologetics: Tim Finlay, PhD
  • October 22, From Reason to Theism: Josh Rasmussen, PhD
  • January 28, St. Augustine and Justice Kennedy on The Good of Marriage: Terri Merrick, PhD
  • March 17, C.S. Lewis and His Circle: Roger White, EdD (Canceled)
  • September 25, Tale of Two Peoples: Robert Mullins, PhD
  • November 6, The Divine Conspiracy: Gary Black Jr., PhD
  • January 29, Pop Culture and Spiritual Formation—Oil and Water?: Rob Muthiah, PhD, with Cheryl Crawford, PhD, and Michael Bruner, PhD
  • March 26, Do Justice, Love, Mercy, Walk Humbly: Gregg Moder, DMin, with Viv Grigg, PhD, Michael Mata, MDiv, and Kevin Young, MDiv
  • September 26, Sex in the Church: Brian Lugioyo, PhD
  • November 7, A Grain of Truthiness: Kathryn Smith, PhD
  • February 6, The Faces of Evil: Matthew Hauge, PhD, and Craig Anderson, PhD
  • April 3, Whose Kingdom is it Anyway?: Jacquelyn E. Winston, PhD
  • September 27, How Superheros Influence Our Faith: B.J. Oropeza, PhD
  • October 25, Are You Smarter Than Your Pastor?: Keith Reeves, PhD
  • January 31, Facebook: Would Jesus ‘Friend’ You?: Michael Bruner, PhD
  • March 14, Magic Amulets: Collecting Near Eastern Artifacts: Robert Duke, PhD
  • September 29, Rob Bell’s Love Wins: Musings on Eternity?!: Keith Matthews, DMin
  • November 10, Why God First is Not Sufficient: Dennis Okholm, PhD
  • January 26, Sticky Faith: Nurturing Faith in Young Adults: Cheryl Crawford, PhD
  • March 1, The Apostle Paul’s View of Women in Ministry: Alice Yafeh-Deigh, PhD
  • September 16, Too Much Stress? Fight, Flight, and God in Daily Life: Paul Shrier, PhD, and Cahleen Shrier, PhD
  • November 18, War and Peace: Christian Alternatives: Kent Walkemeyer, DMin
  • January 27, Mosque Hysteria: Christian and Muslim Relations: Robert Mullins, PhD
  • February 24, World Changers: Are Evangelicals Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?: Scott Daniels, PhD
  • September 30, Living the Last Days: Christian Eschatology and Biblical Apocalyptic: Bill Yarchin, PhD
  • October 28, Signs and Wonders: Why Pentecostalism is the World’s Fastest-Growing Faith: Paul Alexander, PhD
  • January 27, Doctrine of the Trinity and Why it Matters: Reflections on The Shack: Don Thorsen, PhD
Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.