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Patrick Oden

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology and Church History

BA (History; Biblical and Theological Studies), Wheaton College
MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD (Systematic Theology; Church History), Fuller Theological Seminary

Courses Taught

ST501: Systematic Theology 1

ST502: Systematic Theology 2

ST511: Introduction to Theological Studies

HT500: The Church’s Understanding of God and Christ in its Historical Development

HT501: The Church’s Understanding of God and Christ in its Theological Reflection

HT502: The Church’s Understanding of the Church, Humanity, and the Christian Life in its Historical Development

HT503: The Church’s Understanding of the Church, Humanity, and the Christian Life in its Theological Reflection

HT504: Modern Theology in a Global Context

IS501: Practices of Worship

IS502: Practices of Community

TH515: Wesleyan Theology

TH550: World Religions

TH559: Theologies of the Holy Spirit

Areas of Expertise

Theology of Jürgen Moltmann, theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg, Wesleyan history and theology, early American church history, pneumatology, ecclesiology, spiritual practices, missional church


Patrick Oden began teaching at Fuller as an adjunct in 2011 and joined full time in 2015, initially serving at the Sacramento regional campus. He teaches classes in theology and church history as well as community and worship, drawing together a holistic approach to Christian theology in our era.

After finishing his MDiv at Fuller in 2002 and working for a time as a pastor, Dr. Oden stepped away from ministry and moved to the mountains. What followed was an extended season inspired by early Christian monastics. He did a lot of reading and praying and writing, helping those in need around him, staring at trees, watching ravens, and running after coyotes through the forest. He wrote two books and participated in many forms of nontraditional Christian community life before Fuller beckoned him back to continue his studies.

In 2013, he graduated from Fuller with a PhD in Systematic Theology and a minor in Church History. His dissertation, which explored Moltmann’s theology in conversation with emerging/missional church practices and theology, was published by Fortress Press in 2015 as The Transformative Church: New Ecclesial Models and the Theology of Jürgen Moltmann. His two other books, It’s a Dance: Moving with the Holy Spirit and How Long? The Trek through the Wilderness, were both published by Barclay Press.

Prior to joining Fuller in 2015, Oden taught undergraduate courses in theology and church history at Azusa Pacific University. He is an elder and teaching pastor at The River Church in the Natomas neighborhood of Sacramento, California, and is currently in the process of ordination with the Wesleyan Church.

See Patrick’s CV and a list of current publications.