Stephen Stallard, PhD

Stephen Stallard
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry
  • Portland Campus, Bueerman Hall
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"When the gospel transforms us, it launches us into our mission of bearing witness to the lordship of Christ. I resonate with the gospel centrality of Western Seminary because I’m committed to the urgent task of shaping Christian leaders for the missionary encounter between the gospel and culture — in the Pacific Northwest, and beyond."

Degrees Earned

PhD in Applied Theology (concentration in North American Missiology)

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity

Baptist Bible Seminary

BA in Religion

Luther Rice University

Current Ministry Involvement

Planted a multicultural church in Brooklyn before moving to Portland. Currently searching for a church home.

A Defining Moment

"In Bible college I served as the general manager of a fast-food restaurant in Atlanta. There, I supervised a team of two dozen employees from a variety of cultures. While leading that restaurant, and taking a class on the book of Revelation, I came across this beautifully haunting vision: 'You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slaughtered and you purchased people for God by your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation' (Revelation 5:9). During that class, I realized that heaven would look a lot like the restaurant that I worked at: It would be incredibly diverse. That set the course of my life, pointing me in a multicultural direction, both for my ministry and my research. Now, I work to foster the missionary encounter between the gospel and culture in a racialized society."

Publications

Diverse Teams: Rediscovering an Ancient Model for Urban Mission — Urban Loft Publishers, forthcoming

You Can't Quarantine Hope: One New Yorker's Coronavirus Diary — Independent, 2020

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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Stephen Stallard's CV