Samuel M. Powell has taught at Point Loma Nazarene University since 1986. He is the editor (with Michael Lodahl) of Embodied Holiness (InterVarsity Press, 1999), and the author of The Trinity in German Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Participating in God (Fortress Press, 2003), A Theology of Christian Spirituality (Abingdon Press, 2005), and Discovering Our Christian Faith (Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2008).
He graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary and Claremont Graduate University and is an ordained deacon in the Church of the Nazarene. He serves as secretary-treasurer of the Wesleyan Theological Society and on the editorial committee of Kingswood Press. From 1999 to 2001 he participated in the John Templeton Foundation Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity.
In 2005 he won the Wesleyan Theological Society’s Smith-Wynkoop award for his book, Participating In God: Creation and Trinity. The award recognizes recent publication of distinction in a research area related to the Wesleyan/Holiness tradition. Powell attends Mission Valley Church of the Nazarene, where he teaches an adult Sunday School class.
He lives in Santee, California with his wife, Terrie. He has two children and four grandchildren.
Areas of Expertise, Research and Writing
Discovering Our Christian Faith. Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2008.
“The World’s Participation in God’s Trinitarian Life.” Process Studies 37, no. 1 (2008): 145-165.
A Theology of Christian Spirituality. Abingdon Press, 2005.
Holiness in the 21st Century: Call, Consecration, Obedience Perfected in Love. Point Loma Press, 2004.
Participating in God: Trinity and Creation. Fortress Press, 2003. Winner of the Wesleyan Theological Society’s 2005 Smith-Wynkoop award.
The Trinity in German Thought. Cambridge University Press, 2001.