Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom

Michelle Clifton Soderstrom

Professor of Theology & Ethics

Classes taught: Theology; Ethics; Doctrine Topics; Pietism; Children and Worship

At North Park since: 2002

Given her experiences growing up in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Dr. Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom was drawn to North Park as the theological school of the denomination. But the Seminary’s “ecumenical evangelical” identity, she says, supports and challenges students from all backgrounds. “They will be exposed to diversity of theological ideas, student body, and denominational background here.”

In her classes, “students learn how to read, analyze, interpret, and apply a variety of theological and biblical texts to ministry,” Dr. Clifton-Soderstrom says. “I appreciate our holistic approach to ministerial formation, including classical disciplines as well as ministry and formation.”

Dr. Clifton-Sodersom is passionate about North Park’s mission and urban location, and enjoys being involved in her students’ lives. “Our students receive a rich academic experience with a faculty who cares about them personally,” she says. In particular, she enjoys the Seminary’s worship life, having helped form the Seminary Gospel Choir, led by students.

Ordained to word and sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Dr. Clifton-Soderstrom serves as advisor to the denomination’s Christian Action Committee and sits on the editorial board for the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. She attends North Park Covenant Church and is an active volunteer at Peterson Elementary School.


  • PhD, Theology, Loyola University Chicago 
  • MTS, Theology and Ethics, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • MATS, Theology and Ethics, North Park Theological Seminary
  • BA, Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College

Recent Publications

  • Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom and David Bjorlin. Incorporating Children in Worship: Mark of the Kingdom. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, forthcoming.
  • Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom. “The Convergence Model of Pietist Ethics: Faith Active in Love.” Political Theology, 11 (4) 490–506. 2010.
  • Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom. Angels, Worms, and Bogeys: The Christian Ethic of Pietism. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2010.

“Our students receive a rich academic experience with a faculty who cares about them personally.”