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Dr. James Heugel

Dr. James Heugel


  • B.A. Northwest College, 1979
  • M.A. Fuller Theological Seminary, 1984
  • Ph.D. University of Washington, 2003


"‘Graunted of the Bysshop Honde’: The Meaning and Uses of the Sacrament of Confirmation From its Inception Through the Middle Ages" (Ph.D. Dissertation)


Before coming to Northwest, I served in full-time pastoral ministry for fifteen years: ten years with the Chi Alpha Campus Ministry at the University of Washington, and five years as senior pastor of Calvary Chapel in Seattle. I taught full-time in the History Department at Northwest for six years before assuming the position of Provost in May 2005. The teaching and mentoring I do now is built on these foundational experiences.

We seem to gravitate toward the helping professions. Cherie, my wife, is a Registered Nurse working in neonatal special care. Our son, Judson, is a physician training for a specialty in pediatrics. Like me, our daughter Callie is drawn toward teaching. She graduated from NU with an education degree and then taught ESL in Japan for a year.

Backpacking, Cycling, Golf, and Scuba Diving.

Speakers Bureau

Dr. Heugel is a member of Northwest University’s Speakers Bureau and is available to address your church group or organization.

Available Topic: Breaking the DaVinci Code

  • Was Jesus actually married to Mary Magdalene? And did they have children?
  • In the first centuries did Christians worship Jesus and Mary as representations of the divine masculine and divine feminine?
  • Was belief in the divinity of Christ actually invented by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the 4th century?
  • Did an underground society keep these secrets alive during the Middle Ages, and did Leonardo Da Vinci put clues to all this in his paintings?

These claims have been read by thousands of Americans in The Da Vinci Code (over 93 weeks on the NYT best-sellers list). This seminar will explain the historical distortions behind these ideas and help you understand how to talk about them with your friends.

The full presentation takes one and a half hours, although a two-hour setting would be better.

Professor Heugel has also done an abbreviated version in 45 minutes, which is more evangelistic, focused on the Da Vinci material and debunking the methodology. He has done the abbreviated version in evangelistic settings at South Puget Sound Community College and at The Evergreen State College.
He has done the full presentation for Cedar Park, Canyon Creek Church, and Calvary Chapel, Olympia.

Recommended Reading

Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity, Mark A Noll
The Rise of Western Christendom, Peter Brown
The Body and Society, Peter Brown
The Medieval Church, Joseph H. Lynch
The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580, Eamon Duffy
Reformation Thought: An Introduction, Alister E McGrath
Luther: Man between God and the Devil, Heiko A. Oberman
A Life of John Calvin, Alister E. McGrath
Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe, Natalie Zemon Davis
Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture, Grant Wacker
Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed, Philip Hallie