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Faculty Profile

Bob Drovdahl

Robert R. Drovdahl

Professor of Educational Ministry

Email: bdrovdahl@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2348
Office: 4 West Nickerson


Education: BA, Seattle Pacific College, 1971; MA, Wheaton Graduate School, 1974; PhD, Michigan State University, 1980. At SPU since 1978.

Robert Drovdahl became a full-time faculty member at SPU in 1982. His academic work focuses on the church’s teaching ministry. He teaches courses such as Human Development and Christian Faith, Leadership in Ministry, and Foundations for Educational Ministry.

Dr. Drovdahl recently completed a two-year term as president of the North American Professors of Christian Education, a professional society of faculty at colleges, Bible schools, and seminaries.

He is a member of Shoreline Covenant Church. His family members include his wife, two married children; and four grandchildren. His leisure-time pleasures include backpacking and any racquet sport.


Selected Publications

  • “Vocation as Discovery: The Contributions of Internship Experiences,” (With Dr. Jennifer McKinney), The Journal of Youth Ministry, 2007, 5 (2), 51-71.
  • “The Holding Power of Love: John Wesley and D.W. Winnicott in Conversation,” (With Douglas Hansen), Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 2006, 1, 55-63.
  • “A Journal and a Journey,” Christian Education Journal, 2005, 2 (2), 375-379.
  • “Wayne R. Rood,” biography in Christian Educators of the 20th Century, 2004.

Please view Dr. Drovdahl's CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Robert Drovdahl

Why I Teach at SPU

Robert Drovdahl, Professor of Christian Ministries and Education

“I teach at SPU because it attracts bright, faithful students. Through teaching and advising, I am honored to guide these students’ exploration of God’s calling on their lives. Seattle and the Pacific Northwest provide an unmatched environment for this journey of discovery.”

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