Assistant Professor for Youth Evangelism and Discipleship
Office: Hoover 236
Phone: (503) 554.2665
DMin, Portland Seminary
MAT, Fuller Theological Seminary
BA, Oral Roberts University
Teaching and Research Interests: youth ministry; atonement theology; Trinitarian theology; the intersection of faith, theology and popular culture
Stephen Sherwood came to George Fox University in 2004, initially teaching in a half-time capacity as the director of the University's partnership with Young Life, with whom he had served in the Northeast and Midwest since 1985. Beginning in 2012, Steve joined the Christian studies department as a full-time faculty member. In addition to his partnership with Young Life (which still retains close ties with George Fox University), Steve’s 26-year background in youth ministry enables him to engage students in a variety of academic and community settings, teaching courses on youth ministry and the Bible. He serves the university’s Spiritual Life Department ministry team as a frequent and popular campus chapel speaker, and he leads a variety of seminars and discussions across campus for students and faculty.
Steve’s teaching and scholarship strives to help students see ways in which biblical scholarship applies in practical ways to their lives, and his experience with Young Life has helped him to communicate complex concepts in simple, clear, and engaging terms. His recent book, Embraced: Prodigals at the Cross (Wipf & Stock, 2010), weaves together his interests in atonement theology and the intersection of faith and popular culture. In 2014 he co-authored (with Brian Doak) a textbook for a first-year Bible course, The Bible: Ancient Context and Ongoing Community (Kendall Hunt). Prior to coming to the University, Steve spent 16 years coaching high school track and cross country, and he is still a great enthusiast for these sports. His wife Elizabeth (also a Fuller Seminary graduate) serves on the pastoral staff of Newberg Friends Church, and they have two daughters.