Center for Calling and Theological Formation

About Us

Dr. Joshua R. Ziefle

Dr. Joshua R. Ziefle | Director

In addition to serving as the Director of the CCTF, Dr. Joshua R. Ziefle is Dean of the College of Ministry at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. Originally from New Jersey, he completed a BA in History from Houghton College before matriculating in the MDiv program at Princeton Theological Seminary. His academic interests in religious history culminated in a PhD in American Church History from Princeton Seminary. During his doctoral studies he served for six years as the youth pastor of Nassau Christian Center (A/G).

Here at Northwest, Dr. Ziefle has taught courses in both the College of Ministry and the College of Arts and Sciences. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and serves the Northwest Ministry Network as an appointed presbyter. Together with Dr. Don Ross, he is the author of the recently published A Tale of Two Churches: Why Being Both Missional & Pentecostal Matters (2018). Dr. Ziefle enjoys reading, teaching, and reflecting on topics related to history and theology. He and his wife Rachel currently live outside of Seattle.

Nick Steinloski

Nick Steinloski | Associate Director of Ministry

Nick has been a speaker and church leader for over 20 years. He is a graduate of Northwest University and has served as Youth Pastor in the Puget Sound for a span of 15 years before becoming the Student Ministries Pastor at Bethany Community Church (Non Denom.) in Seattle, WA where he was on staff for 11 years. Nick runs a ministry called Pacific which encourages and equips Youth Leaders from around the Pacific Northwest. He also started a video conferencing ministry called Youth Ministry Musings where he gathers youth pastors from around the U.S. to engage in Q&A with some of the leading voices in Youth Ministry. Nick currently works as the Director of Ministry for Northwest University’s Center for Calling and Theological Formation while also leading Children, Youth, and Family studies in the College of Ministry at Northwest University.

Peter Hartwig

Peter Hartwig | Associate Director of Academics

Peter has been a part of CCTF since 2016 and oversees the curricular side of the Summer Journey. He holds a BA in religious studies and classics from the University of Virginia and an MPhil in Christian Theology from the University of Cambridge; he is currently an MDiv candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary. Peter also serves as theologian in residence at National Community Church in Washington, DC and teaches at Westminster Theological Centre, UK. He is interested in systematic theology broadly, but more specifically theological anthropology, theologies of the Holy Spirit, and the work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Destiny Kennedy

Destiny Kennedy | Program Coordinator, Assistant to the Director

Destiny is the Program Coordinator and Assistant to the Director at the Center for Calling and Theological Formation. She is a recent Northwest University graduate, receiving her BA in General Ministries and continuing her studies with an MA in Bible and Theology. She and her husband Nathan have served as the youth pastors of Bellevue Neighborhood Church (A/G) for the last three years and are co-leaders and hosts of Youth for Christ City Life in Bellevue. Her post-grad plans include continuing to serve in the local church and applying to grad schools where she can work toward her PhD in biblical theology or hermeneutics.