College of Ministry

Dr. Jack Wisemore

Theology, Philosophy

  • Ph.D. University of St. Andrews, 2001
  • M.Div. Mennonite Brethren Biblical Sem., 1991
  • B.A. University of Washington, 1987


Review of Charismatic Glossolalia: an Empirical-Theological Study, by Mark J. Cartledge, Pneuma (forthcoming).

Doctoral Dissertation

God, Humanity, and the Form of the Personal: The Philosophical Contribution of John Macmurray with Particular Reference to Issues in Contemporary Theology, (Ph.D. diss., St Andrews University, 2001)


"Moving Beyond Rationalism: A Response to Mark J. Cartledge," Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Southeastern College, Lakeland, Florida, 14-16 March 2002.

“The Trinity and Pneumatological Direction,” Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 8-10 March 2001.

“The ‘Neo-Cappadocians’: The Theological Family Resemblance of Moltmann, Zizioulas, and Gunton,” Theology Research Seminar, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland, 21 February 2001.

“Intellect, Emotion, and Action: John Macmurray and a Personalist Pentecostal Integration,” Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Northwest College of the Assemblies of God, Kirkland, Washington, 16-18 March 2000.



Previous to teaching at Northwest, I served in pastoral ministry to college students: 6 years in a congregation and 3 years as the first full time campus pastor here at Northwest. It was my pastoral experience with college students that led me to pursue my doctoral studies in philosophical theology at St Andrews in Scotland. I am very pleased to be back at Northwest in my new role teaching philosophy and theology.


My wife Jennifer is an executive with a software company and a Seattle Sounders addict. My son is attending our Alma Mater, the UW, in the college of engineering. My daughter is in high school, plays in the band, and volunteers at the Woodland Park Zoo.

Recommended Reading:


Charismatic Theology of St Luke, Roger Stronstad
The first intellectually rigorous defense of pentecostal understandings of Spirit Baptism I ever read.

Spirit and Power, Robert & William Menzies
Perhaps the best current treatment of pentecostal pneumatology.

Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture, Grant Wacker
An excellent historical insight into early pentecostalism; rates right up there with Edith Blumhofer’s Restoring the Faith.

Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, Mark Noll
This book caused me to think hard and long about the discipleship of the mind.

Being as Communion, John Zizioulas
Argues for a stronger relational understanding of the church from an Eastern Orthodox perspective. Thought provoking.

Trinity & the Kingdom of God, Jurgen Moltmann
First strongly trinitarian book I really engaged. A little high-powered but it still holds up after all these years.

Spirit of Life, Jurgen Moltmann
An impressive presentation of a doctrine of the Spirit from a scholarly, non-pentecostal perspective.

20th-Century Theology, Stan Grenz & Roger Olson
Good overview of the basic trends in theology over the last 100 years. Very readable.

After Fundamentalism, Bernard Ramm
I came across this book while in seminary—it caused me to think very hard about the issues it raised.

Biblical Religion and the Search for Ultimate Reality, Paul Tillich
An interesting book highlighting the differences between philosophy and religion which is fantastic until the last chapter where the author completely mis-steps.

Evangelical Theology, Karl Barth
Good introduction to the thought of perhaps the greatest theologian of the 20th-Century.

Worship, Community, and the Triune God of Grace, James Torrance
An excellent demonstration of how the doctrine of the Trinity impacts our understanding of church and worship.


Persons in Relation, John Macmurray
Develops a relational understanding of persons. Very cool.

Religion, Art & Science, John Macmurray
Lays out Macmurray’s understanding of the relationship between religion, art, & science. Excellent.

A Primer on Postmodernism, Stan Grenz
A good introduction for all those wondering what exactly postmodernism is and isn’t.

Great Philosophers, Bryan Magee

Talking Philosophy, Bryan Magee
Both of Magee’s books are good entry level discussions of some of the great philosophers of history. Adapted from two British televison series.

Body in the Mind, Mark Johnson
Demonstrates how the mind and the body are not as separate as we often think that they are.