Northern Seminary’s Commitment to Pastoral Resilience

Northern Seminary’s Commitment to Pastoral Resilience

In light of the growing challenges facing today’s pastors, Northern Seminary has dedicated itself toward equipping the Church for sustainable ministry.  This July, we will be launching a new Center for Theological Integrity to help vocational ministers engage in meaningful community and collaborative conversation for the integration of theology and practice in our Christian formation.

Dr. Mark Quanstrom will be shepherding this innovative project, bringing a wealth of wisdom and experience to accomplish the Mission of the Center’s initiatives. Rev. Mark R. Quanstrom, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D., is the Director for the Center of Theological Integrity at Northern Seminary. He is the Senior Pastor of College Church of the Nazarene, University Avenue, since June 2014, and was the university campus pastor of College Church of the Nazarene, from 2009 to 2014.

Prior to becoming Director of the CTI, he was Professor of Theology at Olivet Nazarene University, from 2005 to 2015 and was Dean of the School of Theology from 2015 to 2021. He is the recipient of the Cowles-Dykehouse Chair for Wesleyan-Arminian studies and was Director of the Center for Theological Leadership at ONU.

Prior to his work at Olivet, he was the pastor at First Church of the Nazarene, Belleville, Illinois, for 23 years. During that time, he was an online instructor for Nazarene Bible College; an adjunct professor for European Nazarene College, and director of the Illinois District School of Ministry.

He received his B.A. from Olivet Nazarene University, an M. Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from St. Louis University. His doctoral dissertation was published in 2004 by Beacon Hill Press under the title “A Century of Holiness Theology,” which some consider to be one of the publisher’s landmark publications. His second book, “From Grace to Grace,” is an exploration of the call to holiness and was published by Beacon Hill Press in 2011.

From 2003 until 2010, Dr. Quanstrom was president of Olivet’s Alumni Association and served on the Board of Trustees. He received Olivet’s “Ministerial O” Award in 2012.
He and his wife, Debi, are the parents of three sons and daughters-in-law and have eight grandchildren.

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