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Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom

Professor of Theology and Ethics

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

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

Dr. Clifton-Soderstrom 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,” says Dr. Clifton-Soderstrom.

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.

Recent Publications

Clifton-Soderstrom, Michelle and Bjorlin, David. Incorporating Children in Worship: Mark of the Kingdom. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, forthcoming.

Clifton-Soderstrom, Michelle. “The Convergence Model of Pietist Ethics: Faith Active in Love.” Political Theology, 11 (4) 490–506. 2010.

Clifton-Soderstrom, Michelle. Angels, Worms, and Bogeys: The Christian Ethic of Pietism. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2010.