Paul Boles, PhD

Chair and Professor, Department of Theology

Phone: (626) 815-5043
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Paul Boles, PhD, brings his years of church ministry as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and work as a hospice chaplain to his teaching and scholarship, focusing his interests on the experience and reception of the church’s beliefs. His primary interest is in the history of preaching as a public performance of biblical interpretation. Boles has presented nationally and internationally and published work on the 2nd/ 3rd century Church Father, Origen’s use of allegory in the pulpit and the way in which different methods of interpreting the Bible brought about different experiences of the Bible in the early Church.


  • PhD, History of Christianity, Claremont Graduate University
  • MDiv, San Francisco Theological Seminary
  • BA, Biblical Studies, Azusa Pacific University


  • Ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Academic Area

  • School of Theology
    • Department of Theology

Courses Taught

  • THEO 200 - Theology & the Christian Life
  • THEO 352 - Church History: Apostolic Era to the Eve of the Reformation
  • THEO 354 - Church History: The Eve of the Reformation to the Present
  • THEO 423 - Church History Seminar: The History of Preaching
  • THEO 442 - Theological Movements
  • THEO 495 - Topics in Systematic Theology