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A husband, father, 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, adult education, technology, and design, Jay is professor of pastoral theology and currently serves as assistant to the president for congregational engagement at Northwest Nazarene University where he previously served as dean of graduate and professional studies, and chair of the university’s Graduate School of Theology. 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.