Paul Boles, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Theology
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5986
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Paul Boles, Ph.D., wrote his dissertation on the creation of a context for meaning to occur in the preaching of third-century Church father Origen of Alexandria, and he continues to pursue his interests in historical preaching and the history of biblical interpretation. Boles is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has worked as a solo pastor and as a hospice chaplain, and teaches preaching at the seminary level. He also has a beautiful wife, two ridiculously great children, and an obsession with jazz music.


  • Ph.D., History of Christianity, Claremont Graduate University
  • M.Div., San Francisco Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Biblical Studies, Azusa Pacific University


  • Ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Academic Area

  • School of Theology
    • Department of Theology

Courses Taught

  • Theo 352 Church History: Apostolic Era to the Eve of the Reformation
  • Theo 354 Church History: The Eve of the Reformation to the Present
  • Hum 325H Christian Classics, Honors
  • Theo 303 Theology and the Christian Life
  • Theo 423 Church History Seminar: The History of Preaching