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.

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

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