I have some exciting news to share from my life. I was recently offered, and thrilled to accept, a position in historical theology at Seattle Pacific University. Next year, I will primarily teach in the sequence of courses that are required of all undergraduates, particularly the junior level course in Christian theology. I am really looking forward to teaching and building relationships with undergrads at SPU.
Aside from working with undergrads, another reason I am excited about the opportunity to teach at SPU is that I will also work with graduate students in their contextual education assignments and in the “Abbey” component of the seminary. The Abbey is one part of Seattle Pacific Seminary’s three-fold focus on being an Academy, Abbey, and Apostolate. You can read more about the vision for the seminary here (and you should – the vision for the seminary is amazing!). I am particularly eager to be part of the Abbey component of the seminary, helping students to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ during their time in seminary. For example, students participate in a weekly class meeting throughout their first year in the program, which is right up my alley.
I am also humbled to be associated with the theology faculty at SPU, which is an exceptional group of teachers and scholars. I look forward to getting to know my colleagues better and working with and learning from them.
The only downside to this transition is that Melissa and I have loved living in Dallas (though we will not miss the 100 degree days in the summer). We have been blessed with a great church family and community of friends. When we came to Dallas, we both knew that we would only be here as long as I was a student in the Ph.D. program. And yet, SMU and Dallas became a home for us much more quickly than we expected. There will be many, many people we will miss when it is time to head northwest.
We will move to Seattle sometime in August and my position starts in September. We still have several months to enjoy time with friends here. (There is also the small matter of working on a dissertation!) I know the next several months will go more quickly than we anticipate. Ultimately, I can’t wait. Thanks be to God!
Will Grady said:
Congratulations, Kevin! And congratulations to SPU! They are getting a fine scholar.
Carol Hampton said:
What a wonderful opportunity Kevin…that is so very exciting. I kind of thought something was changing when I read a comment someone had made on your post about your son’s baptism.
Again, congratulations and SPU is getting a fine young man and scholar.
By reading your post it has instilled an excitement in me to study more about John Wesley and our heritage.
Spencer Smith said:
This is great! Congratulations!
John Meunier said:
Congratulations, Kevin! God’s blessings on you and your family during the transition.
Much congratulations to you, Kevin. I certainly hope you’ll have the time to continue to blog once you take up your new responsibilities. I’ve gotten much out of your blog, particularly your posts on 21st-century class meetings.
Grace and peace,
Sophia Kristina said:
Was wondering when this great news would make it to your blog 🙂
We are so blessed to have you join the SPU, and particularly the School of Theology family!
Andrew Conard said:
Congratulation and Congratulations!
Great news! Congrats!
Congrats, Kevin! Hope your students know they are blessed!
Kevin Watson said:
Thanks to all of you for the kind words!
David Player said:
Congratulations. Well deserved. I pray your family will be blessed and that God will use you in wonder-filled ways.
Katherine Button said:
Congratulations, and thank you for your blog, I have e-mailed your blog on Wesley and class meetings to our prayer group and asked them to share comments…God is speaking to us about a return to discipline and accountability. Your blog is a great resource! Blessings on your new adventure!
Andrew C. Thompson said:
Great news and glad it’s public. The coming months will be exciting ones for you and your family. Blessings!