Dr. Paul Louis Metzger

Paul Louis Metzger
Dr. Paul Louis Metzger B.A., M.A., M.Div., Ph.D.
  • Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture
  • Director of New Wine, New Wineskins



B.A. - Northwestern College; M.A. - Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; M.Div. - Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D. - King’s College London, University of London

Favorite Quote

“Great leaders are those whose concern for the people far outweighs their own self-concern.” –John M. Perkins

Faith story

I was raised in a strong Christian home and came to Christ at a young age. During my high school years I rebelled against the faith and sought to break on through to the other side through the inspiration of Jim Morrison and The Doors. God eventually broke through to me and my heart. As one passionate for Jesus, I have found inspiration through another Jim—Jim Elliot. I still want to break on through to the other side, but it’s more like “he is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose” (Jim Elliot).

Why I teach at Multnomah

I love teaching at Multnomah because of its Christ-centered biblical spirituality in community in our great cultural context of Portland and beyond.

Current ministry outside class

I am really excited about what the Seminary and University are doing through The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins and Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture. At New Wine, we’re about having one finger in the Bible and one finger on the daily newspaper, bearing witness to Christ in our contemporary culture. I find it a great privilege to mentor students through our New Wine program.

My areas of research are Trinitarian theology and theology of culture. My published works include: The Word of Christ and the World of Culture: Sacred and Secular through the Theology of Karl Barth (Eerdmans, 2003); Trinitarian Soundings in Systematic Theology (editor; T&T Clark International, 2005); Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church (Eerdmans, 2007); Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction (co-authored with Brad Harper; Brazos, 2009); The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town (InterVarsity Press, 2010); New Wine Tastings: Theological Essays of Cultural Engagement (Cascade, 2011); A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (co-edited with William F. Storrar and Peter J. Casarella; Eerdmans, 2011), and Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths (Thomas Nelson, 2012). I am a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey.

I regularly contribute to Uncommon God, Common Good, a Patheos and Christian Post blog.

People who inspire me

John M. Perkins, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Martin Luther King Jr.

Favorite person and verse in the Bible


"One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple." (Psalm 27:4)

Extra-curricular, non-ministry activities

I enjoy reading and traveling.


I am married with two children and one dog.