Glen G. Scorgie

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Professor Scorgie taught systematic theology and ethics, and related electives, at the Seminary from 1996-2022. His special research interests include spiritual theology, historical theology, and environmental ethics. For many years, he has taught in Asia and assisted in the ministries of Chinese churches in San Diego, where he resides. He holds a PhD from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), and is a past president of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association and, more recently, of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. He is passionately committed to helping Christians bear witness for Jesus Christ in intellectually and morally credible ways.

Started at Bethel



  • University of St Andrews, Scotland - Ph.D., 1986
  • Regent College, Vancouver - M.C.S, 1982
  • Wheaton Graduate School - M.A., 1974


Glen, a Canadian, joined Bethel Seminary's faculty after serving as academic vice-president of North American Baptist College in Edmonton, Alberta. He has lectured internationally in such places as Ukraine, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China. He and his wife Kate have three adult daughters, two sons-in-law, and six grandchildren. It has become an extended family tradition to rent cabins for one week every year at Lake George, above Mammoth Lakes in California's High Sierras. It is the closest thing Glen has found to the alpine environment of Banff, Alberta in his native Canada. Glen's spouse, Kate, also holds a Ph.D., and continues to teach and publish in the field of disability studies.

Glen is a strong proponent of gender egalitarianism, believing that the Christian community should be a place of dignity, equality, and empowerment for women. And he believes that this is the vision to which Scripture, properly interpreted, actually points.

In recent years, Glen has also become convinced that the recovery of a robust, authentic, Spirit-attuned Christian spirituality will be key to the renewal of the Christian church in America, especially within the evangelical community. In short, he agrees with Hans Urs von Balthasar that spiritual theology is simply "the subjective side of dogmatics." In other words, it belongs in theology!

Glen has also come to see that it is part of our calling as Christians to care for God's creation, and especially since the health and wellbeing of future generations depends upon it. Environmental stewardship is therefore an expression of love. And caring for creation is one of the ways we make the Gospel even more credible in our time.


Courses Taught

Systematic Theology
Theology of Spirituality and Prayer
The Pietist Tradition
Mysticism and Evangelical Spirituality
Theology and Marriage & Family Therapy: Integrative Seminar (team-taught with MFT professor)
Historical Theology (19th Century to the Present)
World Religions (Survey)
Theology of World Religions
Christian Ethics
Movie Theology
Canadian Church History
Christian Worldview
Integrative Studies (Christian Perspectives on Humanities & Social Sciences)
Biblical Studies (Epistle to the Romans, Book of Revelation)
Introduction to Preaching
Theology Seminar on Church and Post-Modernity
Theology Seminar on Worship
Theology Seminar on Atonement
Theology Seminar on Contemporary Culture
Theology Seminar on the Gospel in a Pluralist Society
Theology Seminar on the Charismatic Impulse in Contemporary Christianity
Ethics Seminar on Bioethics
Ethics Seminar on Human Sexuality
Ethics Seminar on Virtue
Ethics Seminar on Creation Care and the Church


ECPA Book Award: Reference Book Category (2012): Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (2011)
ECPA Award: Top Interview (2008): "Reflections on Christian Community: An Interview with Gilbert Bilezikian; Priscilla Papers 21, no. 4 (Autumn 2007): 8-12.


A Call for Continuity: The Theological Contribution of James Orr. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1988; Reprinted, Vancouver: Regent College, 2004.
The Challenge of Bible Translation. Co-editor. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003.
The Journey Back to Eden: Restoring the Creator's Design Women and Men. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005.
A Little Guide to Christian Spirituality: Three Dimensions of Life with God. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.
Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. General Editor. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011.

Various scholarly articles, chapters and reviews.

Certificates and Licenses

Licensed minister of Converge (formerly, the Baptist General Conference)

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Member, Board of Editorial Consultants, Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care (2015-)
Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (2013-)
Visiting Scholar, Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China (2010)
Visiting Scholar, Renmin University, Beijing, China (2010)

Hobbies and Interests

Walking, biking, travel and spectator sports

Areas of expertise

Systematic theology, historical theology, spiritual theology and ethics.