Current Adjunct Faculty

David Bjorlin

David Bjorlin is a PhD student studying liturgy and church history at Boston University School of Theology. He is a licensed pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church and has served as pastor of worship in three Covenant churches (Mason City, Iowa; Chicago; Lexington, Mass.).

His academic interests include hymnody, the connection between liturgy and ethics, and the incorporation of children in worship. He recently published Incorporating Children in Worship with Dr. Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom.

Sue Braun

Sue is a native of Chicago and holds a master of arts in Christian ministry with an emphasis in spiritual formation from North Park Theological Seminary, as well as a certificate in spiritual direction from The Claret Center, Chicago. She has practiced spiritual direction since 2006, and marvels at the work God does in peoples’ lives when they begin to tell their story. As a former staff member at Park Community Church she helped people find their passion in ministry. Sue also spent seven years on staff in University Ministries at North Park University as small group coordinator.

Sue has also worked in the public and nonprofit sectors, as a food service manager and an executive assistant and speaker for a Chicago nonprofit.

Rev. Helen Cepero

Rev. Helen Cepero is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and teacher who served on faculty at North Park Theological Seminary as the director of spiritual formation before relocating to Anchorage, Alaska. An ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Helen is the author of Journaling as a Spiritual Practice: Encountering God through Attentive Writing (2008), and has published in the formation series by InterVarsity Press as well as other journal articles and essays. She completed her spiritual direction training at Mercy Center in Burlingame, Calif., and maintains an active practice as a director and teacher. Currently, she is an online instructor for the Center for Spiritual Direction.

Nathan Clayton

Nathan Clayton

Dr. J. Nathan Clayton has been teaching Old Testament, Bible, and Biblical Hebrew for a number of years. He holds both a PhD and Mdiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) and a BA is from Sterling College in Kansas. His doctoral research focused on the worship function of the Levites, specifically in 1 Chronicles. He has published book reviews, essays, and journal articles related to Old Testament theology and exegesis, and especially focused on Chronicles and the Psalms. Prior to his doctoral studies and teaching, Dr. Clayton served in full-time pastoral ministry as the senior pastor of Salem Evangelical Free Church on Staten Island in New York City. He was raised as a missionary kid in France and is now a happy husband and father to four children; his family is actively involved at Christ Church Lake Forest.

David Hawkinson

David Hawkinson

Dr. David Hawkinson currently works as a pastoral counselor, psychotherapist, and Bible teacher. He is co-founder of City Gates, a community of interfaith text study and dialogue. He is also co-founder of Wild Christ, which integrates storytelling, music, poetry, and ritual with the reading of biblical texts. He is a founding and contributing editor of Pietisten. David holds both an MDiv and PhD, is ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Dan White Hodge

Daniel White Hodge

Director of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies
Associate Professor of Youth Ministry at North Park University

With an extensive history of urban youth ministry, Dr. Daniel White Hodge is a leading authority on the socio-theological aspects of hip hop culture.

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Boaz Johnson, Biblical and Theological Studies Professor

Boaz Johnson

Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at North Park University

Dr. Johnson is an authority on evangelicalism and world religions, and the Hebrew Bible. Having grown up wrestling with injustice in the slums of New Delhi, he enjoys guiding students through life’s big questions.

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Adjunct Carolyn Johnson

Dr. Carolyn Johnson

Carolyn Johnson served with Covenant World Mission as a missionary to Thailand from 1986 to 2007, living and working in the Northeast region, also known as Isaan. Her ministry included training church leaders, developing a Bible study curriculum in Thai, counseling married couples, mentoring church planters, and serving as the mission country coordinator.

Dr. Johnson graduated with a BA from Mills College, an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a doctor of missiology from Western Seminary. She was ordained by the Evangelical Covenant Church in 1991.

Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson graduated from North Park Theological Seminary with his MDiv in 2013. Before coming to NPTS Tyler was an engineer at Johnson Space Center working on on-orbit Shuttle repair hardware. Currently, he is in the call process with the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Valerie Landfair

Valerie Landfair

Valerie Ranee Landfair is completing a PhD in theology at Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach. Her research interests incluce Penetecostal-Charismatic prayers, African American Pentecostal theology and history, African theologies, contextual theology, and renewal leadership.

She holds an MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary. She is interested in people, ministries, and movements actively pursuing the manifestations of the Kingdom of God for people of color.

Portrait of Rev. Velda Love

Rev. Velda Love

Rev. Velda Love is the director of justice and intercultural learning in the Office of Diversity’s Collaboratory for Urban and Intercultural Learning at North Park University. Velda collaborates with various academic schools to develop curricular and co-curricular opportunities designed to encourage greater integration of students’ in-class and out-of-class experiences with an emphasis on social justice related issues.

Velda completed a MATS from North Park Theological Seminary and is Ordained to Specialized Ministry in Social Justice in the Evangelical Covenant Church. She is a pastoral assistant at Second Baptist Church in Evanston, Ill., and serves on various boards and task forces that address interfaith dialogue, homelessness, and youth incarceration. She is completing her DMin in social transformation from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Robert Fee Nordling

Robert Fee Nordling

Active as a guest conductor and educator, Robert Fee Nordling is the principal conductor of the Baroque on Beaver Island music festival. He also serves on the faculty of the Trinity International University Music Department, where he conducts the orchestras, and as adjunct faculty at Northern Seminary, teaching in the area of worship. Previously, he was assistant professor of music for 10 years at Calvin College where he conducted the Calvin College Orchestra and Calvin Alumni Orchestra and taught in the areas of music history, conducting, and music in worship. Along with his expertise in standard symphonic literature, his areas of interest also include instrumental liturgical music, worship design, and leadership across a broad spectrum of traditions and styles and Christian discipleship. Nordling has held music ministry positions in California, Washington, and Reigate, England. He studied at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and was awarded conducting fellowships to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute where he worked with Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Herbert Blomstedt. He also received conducting fellowships from the Oregon Bach Festival to work with Helmuth Rilling and Cedardell Opera Festival to work with Boris Goldovsky. Nordling is the editor and composer/arranger of the recently released series Everything that has breath: Instrumental accompaniments for congregational singing. The series is published jointly through CICW and Adoro Publications.

Cherith Fee Nordling

Cherith Fee Nordling

Dr. Cherith Fee Nordling is Associate Professor of Theology at Northern Seminary in Lombard. She grew up in Pentecostal circles with her father and grandfathers as Assembly of God pastors. For the past 30 years she and her husband, Robert Fee Nordling, have been involved in the Spirit’s renewal of the mainline Presbyterian, Anglican, and Christian Reformed communities of which they’ve been a part. Dr. Nordling has taught and lectured around the country and beyond, including at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia; Calvin College and Seminary, Kuyper College, and Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Fuller Seminary's Young Life Masters Program in Colorado; Westminster Theological Centre in London, England; the Vineyard Leadership Institute in Columbus, Ohio; the Fire School in Chicago; Trinity Learning Community in Corona, California; and Wheaton College. Dr. Nordling has authored and contributed to many publications. Most recently, she has been working on a book on theological anthropology and the resurrection, and a condensed version of Paul’s Christology with her father, Gordon Fee.

Adjunct Oliver Luke

Luke Oliver

Luke Oliver is pastor at First Covenant Church in Superior, WI.  He graduated from NPTS in 2014 with a master of divinity and master of nonprofit administration.  He also earned a master of theology in Biblical studies from the University of Edinburgh in 2008.  

Luke spent two years teaching Bible courses at Alaska Christian College and taught Introduction to the Bible to undergraduates and Hebrew at the Seminary while a student at NPTS.  Luke's interests are in the area of Hebrew language and the Old Testament.

Deborah Penny

Deborah Penny

Associate Director of Field Education

Rev. Deborah Penny assists students in developing skills and competencies for ministry through assessment, career planning, internships, and clinical pastoral education experiences. She co-leads some of the Field Education courses and regularly meets with students to plan their components and reflect on their experiences.


Rev. Dan Pietrzyk

Rev. Dan Pietrzyk is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church who holds a doctorate in strategic leadership from Regent University. He has served churches in Illinois, New York, Iowa, and Kansas, and is currently the interim pastor at Covenant Community Church in Fairfield, Ohio. His pastoral ministry has been characterized by revitalization.

Dan has lectured and taught at several universities and does consulting for nonprofit and business organizations across the country with an emphasis in organizational development, strategic planning, conflict management, and team building. He was a founding team member in the development of the Center for Spiritual Direction at North Park Theological Seminary and served as an interim director for the center. Prior to his current role as a pastor in Ohio, he served as the director of Sustaining Pastoral Excellence (SPE) for the Evangelical Covenant Church, developing the SPE program from its beginning.

Armida Belmont Stephens

Armida Belmonte Stephens

Armida Belmonte Stephens is completing a PhD in systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. A native of New Mexico and second generation Mexican-American, she is a pastor’s kid who was raised and formed in the Latino immigrant church. Armida also holds a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary.


Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson is the founding and lead pastor of Columbia Grove Covenant Church in Wenatchee, Wash., a church known for the creative arts. His songs are sung by churches around the United States and Canada and have been featured at Midwinter Conference. Andrew earned his master of divinity at North Park Theological Seminary.

Geoff Twigg

Geoffrey Twigg

Geoff Twigg has been involved in music and ministry for many years. He was worship pastor at West Shore Evangelical Free Church (near Harrisburg, Penn.) from 1994–2008, and at Bethany Covenant Church (Bedford, NH) from 2008–2011. A Fellow of Trinity College, London, Geoff studied composition with John Tavener, played guitar on BBC radio and TV, as well as on commercial recordings; he also hold many production credits. As a board member of the Music and Worship Foundation, he worked with Jeremy Begbie and David Peacock to design the degree in music, worship, and theology at the London School of Theology, and has also taught at the Royal Academy of Music, the University of London, London International Film School, and Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

John Wenrich

John Wenrich

Dr. John Wenrich is the director of congregational vitality for the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) and teaches in the certificate in congregational vitality program at NPTS. Wenrich works with denominational conference staff throughout North America to provide ministry resources, guidance, and support to established churches. He also speaks internationally on the topic of congregational vitality and leadership and is currently coaching a number of denominations in the International Federation of Free Evangelical Churches. He travels extensively, encouraging and equipping Christian leaders and churches around the world to become healthy and missional. Wenrich earned his MDiv at Denver Seminary and DMin at Fuller Theological Seminary.