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An ordained minister, tenured professor, speaker, writer, leader, and creative, Dr. Jay Richard Akkerman is pursuing the lifelong practice of spiritual anthropology, or navigating the life of faith.

With interests in ministry, communication, discovery, technology, and design, Jay currently serves as professor of pastoral theology at Northwest Nazarene University, where he also directs the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts programs in the Graduate School of Theology & Christian Ministry. He engages widely across multiple channels — online, on campus, and at various church, education, and creative venues.

Dr. Akkerman and his wife Kim have three young adult daughters and make their home in Nampa, Idaho.