Q&A with Director of Online Learning Andrew Pack

Get to know Andrew Pack, Western Seminary's director of online learning. Andrew earned his ThM at Western and his EdD at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. We sat down with him this fall to ask him some questions about his background, his interests and his excitement for joining the Western faculty.

Andrew Pack

Where are you from?
Bellingham, Washington, is home. However, I spent most of my adult life and ministry career in Seattle proper.

I am married to Tanya and we have six wonderful kids and one boxer.

Do you have a favorite class or one you’re especially looking forward to teaching?
I love teaching anything where our theology informs the practical outworking of our life and ministry practice. I’m teaching Hermeneutics and Biblical Theology for the Bay Area Cohort and we have experienced a lot of praxis in that learning community. I am a huge fan of teaching Christian spirituality and biblical theology type classes because at their core these courses are about understanding what Jesus is doing in history and what it means to live in His reality.

What do you do outside of work (hobbies, interests)?
My family and I love getting outside in the Northwest. We mill our own wheat and grow a number of fermented foods on our countertop (e.g., sourdough, kombucha, yogurt, sauerkraut). I play experimental electric guitar.

What’s your church involvement / ministry experience?
I have been in ministry in the Pacific Northwest for almost 15 years. I have primarily served in preaching/teaching, discipleship, missiology, and church planting ministries. I have both planted churches and lead church planting ministries. Training church planters has been one of the great joys of my ministry life.

What are you most excited for at Western?
I am thrilled to give access to theological education focused on gospel-centered transformation to people around the Northwest and the world. As the Director of Online Learning, I love thinking through creative ways to connect students to their faculty and to each other. I love coming alongside students where Jesus has already sent them and help them grow on their ministry journey.

Learn more about Western's online degrees and programs at the Global Campus.