New Perspectives at Portland Seminary

Leah PayneSteve Sherwood & family

Portland Seminary is excited to welcome two new adjunct faculty members, Leah Payne and Steve Sherwood, to our staff for the 2012-13 academic year.

Professor Payne holds a PhD in historical and critical theories of religion from Vanderbilt University. Her research examines the role of gender in the late 19th and early 20th century revivalism through two female revivalist ministers, Maria Woodworth-Etter and Aimee Semple McPherson. She is also interested in interfaith dialogue, particularly as it relates to issues of criminal justice. She has presented academic papers to the American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Church History and the Society for Pentecostal Studies. She regularly teaches at the Faith Center Aloha, where her husband, Thomas, serves as senior pastor.

At the masters level, Leah will teach CHTH 512 Christian History and Theology II: The Reformation and Its Ramifications, and at the doctoral level, she will teach DMIN 514 History and Theology of Christian Spirituality and DMIN 541 Historical Models for Spiritual Formation in the Church. Leah has previously taught classes in theology and New Testament studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School. An Oregonian native and George Fox alumna (BA, music, 2001), Leah looks forward to returning as a teacher. "I enjoy teaching (and learning from) pastors from across the theological spectrum. It's a privilege to be a part of their learning process and their spiritual formation."

Professor Sherwood comes to the seminary "on loan" from the undergraduate campus. Steve brings more than 25 years of experience in youth ministry, including 20 years with Young Life. He has a masters in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and completed a doctorate of ministry in emerging leadership from Portland Seminary in the fall of 2008. He has served as a professor of youth evangelism and discipleship since 2004, and continues to speak regularly to adult and student groups in churches and parachurch organizations.

Steve's teaching interests and expertise center around youth ministry, emerging theology, postmodern culture, theological interaction with pop culture, and narrative theology. He recently published his first book, Embraced: Prodigals at the Cross (Wipf and Stock, 2010).

Steve will be teaching PSTD 510 Essentials of Preaching at the Portland Center. He lives in Newberg with his wife, Elizabeth, a pastor at Newberg Friends Church, and his two daughters.