Daniel Brunner, DPhil

Professor of Christian History and Formation

Daniel Brunner



Office: Portland Center South: Office 274

Daniel Brunner (DPhil, University of Oxford) is professor of Christian history and formation at Portland Seminary. He has served at the seminary since 1995.

Before joining the team at Portland Seminary, Brunner served as a full-time pastor in Beaverton, Oregon. He belongs to Urban Abbey, an intentional community in north Portland, and is passionate about his family (including three granddaughters), good friendships, his garden, and an early-morning time of quiet to pray, drink freshly roasted coffee, reflect and journal on Scripture, and read eclectically. Among his favorite authors are Wendell Berry, Susan Howatch, Ched Myers, Henri Nouwen, Mary Doria Russell, Richard Rohr, Kathleen Norris, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, J.K. Rowling, Chinua Achebe, Ellis Peters and many more. He belongs to two book groups and loves movies, whether in the theater or on Netflix. His sports teams are the Oregon Ducks, Seattle Mariners, Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks.

As a lifelong Lutheran, he has served the church in many capacities: director of youth ministry, associate pastor, and church planter. Brunner is currently a member of Salt & Light Lutheran Church in Portland, and is a frequent guest preacher at local churches. He leads seminars, adult forums, Myers-Briggs trainings, and retreats, and is on the permanent teaching team for the Academy of Soul Formation.

Academic Background

DPhil, University of Oxford; MDiv, Christian Formation and Discipleship, Fuller Theological Seminary; BA, Biblical Studies and Missiology, Northwest Christian College

Expertise and Research Interests

Christian spirituality and the paradoxes of the Christian life, German Lutheran Pietism, hybrid learning and pedagogy, ecotheology, Luther's theology of the cross.

Research Bibliography

Halle Pietists in England: Anthony William Boehm and the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. Arbeiten zur Geschichte des Pietismus, vol. 29. Göttingen, Germany: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1993.


Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History, and Praxis. with Jennifer Butler, A. J. Swoboda, and Bill McKibben. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014. 

Scholarly Publications, Peer Reviewed

“Collaboration and Conflict in Europe Around the Early Tranquebar Mission,” The Covenant Quarterly 65, no.2 (May 2007), 3-15.

“Utilizing ‘Hybrid’ Effectively in Christian Higher Education,”Christian Scholars Review 36, no.2 (Winter 2007), 115-126.

“The Potential of the Hybrid Course Vis-à-vis Online and Traditional Courses,” Teaching Theology and Religion 9, no.4 (Oct 2006), 229-235.

“Anglican Perceptions of Lutheranism in Early Hanoverian England,”Lutheran Quarterly 20, no.1 (Spring 2006), 63-82.

“Theological Education and Hybrid Models of Distance Learning,” with Steve Delamarter, Theological Education 40, no.2 (2005), 145-61.

“Using Student Consultants to Re-envision Teaching Christian History and Theology,” Teaching Theology and Religion 8, no.3 (July 2005), 184-188.

Sermons Originally Published at Preaching Plus

“What Do You See When You Look Into the Manger?”

“Go in Mission and Evangelism to God’s World”

“Give Your Life to God’s Work: Stewardship”

“The Power of Everybody: Sold Out for Kids”

“Hunting Goodwill”

“Free for All”

“Miracles, Signs and Wonders”

“Spiritual Hunger in America”

“‘R-rated’ Media & ‘G-rated’ Values: Finding Common Ground”

“Money and What Matters: Finding Contentment”

“Becoming People of Character”

“The Future of Marriage”

“The Passion: A Theology of the Cross”

“Who is Jesus the Christ?”

“The Trinity”