The People

The People



Roger Nam

Roger Nam

Principal, Theologia
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies/Honors Faculty Fellow

rnam@georgefox.edu

Before coming to George Fox University, Roger worked as both a youth pastor and as a corporate financial analyst. He teaches primarily in the field of biblical studies and Hebrew. Roger is the author of Portrayals of Economic Exchange in the Book of Kings (Brill, 2012), and he is presently completing his second book, The Theology of the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah (Cambridge University Press, 2017). In addition to his academic publications, Roger writes broadly for venues such as The Huffington Post, Working Preacher, and Odyssey Networks.

Leah Payne

Leah Payne

Principal, Theologia
Assistant Professor of Theology/Honors Faculty Fellow

lpayne@georgefox.edu

A former postdoctoral fellow at the Louisville Institute, Leah seeks to serve the church and the academy. She is a member of the Foursquare Church’s Education Commission and the director of The Center for Pentecostal-Charismatic Theology and Practice at George Fox University. Leah is committed to providing innovative theological education to those in the Pentecostal-Charismatic tradition, as well as to the students of diverse theological backgrounds. She also mentors women who are called into church leadership. Her first book, Gender and Pentecostal Revivalism: Making a Female Ministry in the Early Twentieth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), winner of the 2016 Pneuma book of the year award, examines how women overcame barriers of gender, race, and class to establish authoritative ministries, as well as how their legacies influence women in ministry today.

Steve Sherwood

Steve Sherwood

Principal, Theologia
Assistant Professor of Youth Ministries

ssherwoo@georgefox.edu

Steve came to George Fox University in partnership with Young Life in 2004, before joining the faculty full-time in 2012. He served on the Young Life staff for 25 years in the Northeast and Midwest. Steve’s teaching responsibilities include all youth ministry courses, Intro to the Bible, and Fundamentals of Preaching for the seminary. His life work has been understanding, relating to, and communicating with adolescents, doing the important work of making complex theological concepts understandable to them. He has published two books in this vein, Embraced: Prodigals at the Cross (Wipf and Stock, 2010) and The Bible: Ancient Context and Ongoing Community (co-authored with Brian Doak; Kendall Hunt, 2014).

Trisha Welstad

Trisha Welstad

Principal, Theologia
Director of The Leadership Center
Interim Assistant University Pastor for Pastoral Care at George Fox University

twelstad@georgefox.edu

An ordained minister in the Free Methodist Church, Trisha began The Leadership Center in partnership with George Fox and Oregon-based Wesleyan theological ministries in 2012 with a primary emphasis on connecting potential leaders through vocational discernment internship opportunities with established Christ-centered leaders in the region. Trisha is an adjunct faculty for George Fox University, teaching the Wesleyan internship course and Freshman seminar, a member and chair of the Oregon Free Methodist Ministerial Education and Guidance credentialing board, and the regional coordinator for the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium. Trisha has served as a pastor, church planter, and youth pastor over the past 16 years and knows her calling is to be focused on developing young leaders for ministry in secular culture.

Hannah Souter

Hannah Souter

Director, Theologia

hsouter@georgefox.edu

We are delighted to have Hannah Souter as Theologia’s first director. In her undergraduate career at George Fox, Hannah studied History and Christian Ministries and was heavily involved in Residence Life. She deeply values learning, teaching, and the gift of getting to discover God together. Hannah graduated from George Fox Evangelical Seminary with her MA in Ministry Leadership and has particular interest in community care and spiritual formation. She lives in SE Portland and loves to experiment in the kitchen, play outside, and share life with friends and family.