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Geoffrey Holsclaw

Affiliate Professor of Theology


In 2003, Geoff began co-pastoring at Life on the Vine Community Church, a missional church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. In 2018 he became the Families and Youth Pastor (shared with his wife, Cyd, who is also a coach and spiritual director) at Vineyard North in Grand Rapids, MI.  In addition to local church pastoring Geoff participates in the regional and nation movement of missional churches through Ecclesia Network and Missio Alliance.

You can follow Geoff on his personal site, or on Twitter and Facebook.

His interests in theology are the intersection of worship, politics, and theology. Geoff is hoping to produce short introductions to the traditional themes of theology from the perspective of God’s mission in the world. Geoff has published several articles on theology, political theology, and political philosophy, has co-authored popular books in Does God Really Like Me? Discovering the God Who Wants to Be With Us and Prodigal Christianity: 10 Signposts into the Missional Frontier and the academic Transcending Subjects: Augustine, Hegel, and Theology.

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Areas of Expertise

My current area of research and writing is to articulate the fullness of embodied faith—the integration of the 1) cognitive and affective, 2) physical and spiritual, 3) past and future, 4) implicit and explicit, and 5) the solitary and the social—as the becoming human God always intended (empowered by the Spirit, conformed to the Son, and loved by the Father) beyond the enslaving power of sin.


Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies (Theology and Society), 2013
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Dissertation: Transcending Subjects: Hegel After Augustine, an Essay on Political Theology.  Readers: Michel Barnes, D. Stephen Long, James South)

Master of Divinity, Theology, 2003
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, 1999
University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

  • Arthur J. Schmitt Fellow, Marquette University, 2011-12.\
  • Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Travel Fund, Marquette University, 2011
  • Teach Assistant and Full Tuition Scholarship, Marquette University, 2007-2011
  • Calvin Seminars in Christian Scholarship, Calvin College, June-July 2007

Books & Resources

Academic Books

Transcending Subjects: Augustine, Hegel, and Theology (Challenges in Contemporary Theology Series) (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). (5 citations)

Popular Books

Does God Really Like Me? Discovering the God Who Wants to Be With Us, with Cyd Holsclaw (Downers Grove: IVP, 2020).

 Prodigal Christianity: Ten Signposts into the Missional Frontier, with David E. Fitch (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2013). (3 citations)