Michael D. Langford
Assistant Professor of Theology, Discipleship, and Ministry
Office: Lower Moyer B12
Education: BS, Symbolic Systems, Stanford University, 1993; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2001; PhD Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2010.
Mike Langford's teaching, research, and ministry lie at the intersection of the church and the academy. An ordained Presbyterian pastor, Dr. Langford served for several years in church ministry prior to his work at SPU, predominately in youth and family ministry. Trained in both doctrinal theology and practical theology, he has been part of a number of research teams and published work in both fields. As a teacher, he has taught classes in theology, ministry, and spirituality at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
In all these roles, as a theologian of the church, Dr. Langford’s interests focus on the relation of theology and ministry, spirituality and Christian life. How does and should theology direct the comprehensive mission of the church, our relation to God, and our life with each other? What are the theological grounds for who we are and what we do? Or, what are the practical implications for who we are and what we do? Through the lens of such fields as discipleship, spiritual formation, youth ministry, developmental psychology, missional theology, globalization, and soteriology, Dr. Langford works toward addressing these questions.
Dr. Langford, his wife, and three children live in Seattle where they are active members of Bethany Presbyterian Church.
“The Challenge and Opportunity of Adolescence: A Theological Diagnosis and Response,” Reformed Review, Vol. LXII No. 1 (Winter 2009)
“A Very Present Help: James Loder’s Trinitarian Soteriology and Adolescent Identity Formation,” Koinonia Journal, Vol. XVIII (2006)
“Theology as Spiritual Salvation” The Princeton Theological Review, Vol. X, No. 1 (Fall 2003)
Please view Dr. Langford's CV (PDF) for additional publications.
Why I Teach at SPU
Michael Langford, Assistant Professor of Theology
“The unifying focus on a common mission is engaging. SPU has a genuine and ambitious desire to help students holistically grow into an identity of being world-changers, an orientation that bolsters our life together with a great deal of energy, imagination and hope.”