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Portrait of Jay Richard Akkerman

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 adult education, ministry, communication, discovery, technology, and design, Jay currently serves as dean of the College of Graduate & Professional Studies and professor of pastoral theology at Northwest Nazarene University, where he also chairs 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.