Meet the Faculty
Professor of Old Testament
Dr. James Bruckner’s classes are diverse in methodology, focus, and intent, seeking to form whole people for healthy ministries. “Training pastors in reading the Bible as God’s word is the most challenging and rewarding work that I know,” he says.
Learn more about Dr. Bruckner.
Linda CannellAdjunct Professor of Christian Formation
Dr. Linda Cannell retired from her post as academic dean at North Park Theological Seminary in December 2011, but continues to teach Christian education and formation courses. She is currently director of CanDoSpirit Network, working in international education and development, and serves as the managing editor of the Common Ground Journal.
Professor of Health Ministries and Nursing
As a faculty member in both the School of Nursing and the Theological Seminary, Dr. Mary Chase-Ziolek integrates her faith in her work and makes connections between faith and health.
Learn more about Dr. Chase-Ziolek.
Academic Dean, Professor of New Testament
Dr. Stephen Chester tells his new students that they should come prepared to be changed. “Be ready to study, but also to explore your calling and to be stretched in actual ministry contexts,” he says.
Learn more about Dr. Chester.
Professor of Theology and Ethics
In Dr. Clifton-Soderstrom’s classes, students learn how to read, analyze, interpret, and apply a variety of theological and biblical texts to ministry. She fosters a “holistic approach to ministerial formation, including classical disciplines as well as ministry and formation.”
Learn more about Dr. Clifton-Soderstrom.
Professor of Missiology
Dr. de Neui promotes intercultural competency as an integral piece of the seminary process, including a focus on developing Christian hospitality. Each year, Dr. de Neui offers a global travel course, exploring faith outside of students’ home context.
Learn more about Dr. de Neui.
Professor of Ministry and Director of Field Education
Dr. Timothy Johnson appreciates being able to help students develop clarity of discernment. “We will tailor your Field Education in a way that fits you and what your passion is, and what you aspire to do,” he says.
Learn more about Dr. Johnson.
Professor of Communications, Biblical Interpretation
Dr. Paul Koptak enjoys helping students discover and develop their gifts for preaching, building into their character and vocational call. In his classes, Dr. Koptak aims to follow the path of study he hopes his students will take as preachers.
Learn more about Dr. Koptak.
Associate Professor of New Testament
Dr. Max Lee is passionate about preparing students for a lifetime of pastoral ministry through theological education. “Training minds to think critically and theologically about our world is my call and mission in life,” he says.
Learn more about Dr. Lee.
Hauna OndreyTeaching Fellow in Church History
Dr. Ondrey’s doctoral research focused on the relationship between patristic exegesis and theology. She is “passionate about introducing to students the goods of direct, careful, and sustained engagement with the Christian past,” she says.
Learn more about Dr. Ondrey.
Senior Professor of Theological Studies
As a pastor, Dr. Jay Phelan knows the value of theological education, particularly in serious biblical study. He came to North Park because he “wanted to be a part of this process of engaging text and culture,” he says.
Learn more about Dr. Phelan.
Elizabeth Odette PierrePastoral Care and Counseling Teaching Fellow
Elizabeth Odette Pierre is completing a PhD in the pastoral theology, personality, and culture clinical track program at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.. She holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Boston College. Her research interests involve learning how to provide adequate pastoral care for trauma survivors and the role forgiveness and reconciliation in violent contexts.
Professor of Church Growth & Evangelism
For Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, engaging in urban and multicultural ministry is a passion. His classes enable students to identify the skills necessary for sociocultural analysis, a deepened theology, and spiritual formation and discipleship in practical ministry.
Learn more about Dr. Rah.
Affiliate Associate Professor of Missional and Global Leadership
Dr. Al Tizon aims to form scholar-practitioners who are equipped to witness to the gospel holistically, contextually, relevantly, and faithfully. As executive minister of Serve Globally, Dr. Tizon brings practical, international perspectives on theology and mission.
Learn more about Dr. Tizon.
Teaching Fellow in Theology and Ethics
Dr. Jodie Boyer Hatlem is serving North Park in a two-year teaching fellowship program. She believes that students considering seminary will find classes here “challenging, interesting, and concerned with engaging the church and the world.”
Learn more about Dr. Boyer Hatlem.
Wesley W. Nelson Professor of Homiletics
Dr. Carol Norén challenges her students to become preachers and worship leaders who can communicate effectively across a wide range of ministry settings.
Learn more about Dr. Norén.