Dr. Jon Robertson
B.A., M.Div., M. St., D. Phil.
Associate Professor of Historical Theology and New Testament
MATS Program Director
B.A.- Wichita State University; M.Div.- Western Seminary; M. St., D. Phil.- Oxford University
“Nothing is so destitute as a mind philosophizing about God when it is without Him.” –Diadochos of Photiki
Where I come from
My wife, Erin, and I served 13 years training pastors and lay leaders with the Evangelical Covenant Church in Quito, Ecuador. While there, I taught at the Ecuadorian Covenant seminary, as well as, other Christian graduate institutions .Through these years, I became convinced of the necessity of well-grounded theological and biblical preparation for ministry.
Why I teach at Multnomah
I love teaching at Multnomah for many reasons. The feeling of community and the chance to get to know the students has been a very real blessing in my life. In particular, I have been able here to realize my passion, which is to introduce the insights and challenges of the past into the discussions of today.
Education and research
I earned a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from the University of Oxford, where I focused on the theology of the early Church Fathers. My dissertation, Christ as Mediator: A Study of the Theologies of Eusebius of Caesarea, Marcellus of Ancyra and Athanasius of Alexandria, has been published by Oxford University Press. Most recently, I have been researching how the theology of Eusebius of Caesarea provided the framework for his political views of the Roman emperor.
On a more general note, I am interested in all early Christology and Trinitarian theology and how it can inform our discussions today.
Extra-curricular, non-ministry activities
I enjoy taking long hikes in the country with my wife, carving wood, and amateur astronomy.