Religion faculty

Jackie L. Smallbones, Th.D.

Professor of Religion/Christian Education

Th.D., Durban-Westville University, South Africa
M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Illinois
B.A., Washington Bible College, Maryland

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Dr. Smallbones is a native of South Africa and an ordained minister in the Reformed Church of America. She teaches biblical studies, Christian education and Christian spirituality at Northwestern. She is the author of Keeping Company with Jesus: Reflections on Gospel Stories (Augsburg Books, 2005) and Knit Together: Many Colors, One Life (2014). She also has written articles for Christian Education Journal and Church Herald. She occasionally presents seminars and leads retreats on such topics as teaching, Christian spirituality and spiritual disciplines. Prior to joining Northwestern’s faculty, she taught at a college and seminary in South Africa.


  • Christian Spirituality

    Christian Spirituality

  • Leadership Development

    Leadership Development

  • Teaching and Learning Strategies

    Teaching and Learning Strategies

  • Foundational Issues in Christian Education

    Foundational Issues in Christian Education

Publications and presentations

  • "Teaching Bible for Transformation," Christian Education Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2, Fall 2007
  • "Fishing for Answers: Discovering Clues to Jesus' Identity, Church Herald, June 2006
  • Keeping Company with Jesus: Reflections on Gospel Stories, Augsburg Books, 2005

Professional experience

  • Lecturer and Academic Dean, Evangelical Bible Seminary of Southern Africa
  • Senior Lecturer, Rosebank Bible College, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Child Evangelism Fellowship International
  • Book review editor, Christian Education Journal


  • Christian Educators of the Reformed Church in America
  • Association of Presbyterian Church Educators
  • North American Professors of Christian Education
  • Spiritual Directors International


  • Teaching Excellence Award, Northwestern College, 1998