Dr. Jerry Sittser, senior faculty at Whitworth College, NWC Board of Trustees member
Jerry Sittser specializes in the History of Christianity, Christian Spirituality, and Religion in American Public Life. His course, Monasticism: Old and New, meets over January Term in the wintry beauty of Tall Timber, a Christian camp located in a remote area of the Cascade mountain range. Students live together for three weeks, follow a modified Benedictine Rule, and explore various spiritual traditions that have emerged throughout the history of Christian spirituality. He founded the Certification for Ministry program, the Masters of Arts in Theology program, and the Academy of Christian discipleship. Currently he is serving half-time as professor of theology and half-time as senior fellow and researcher in the Office of Church Engagement. He has written eight books, too. He is currently doing research on the history of the "catechumenate," which refers to how the church has trained people in the faith over the past 2,000 years. He enjoys music, literature, hiking, woodworking, and he attends the Oregon Shakespeare Festival every year with his family. Married to Patricia since 2010, he has three married children, two married step-children, and two grandchildren.