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Professor, Teacher, Pastor

Portland, OR, 97230
September 28, 2023

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Matthew S. Farlow

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Portland, OR 97230


Ph.D., Theology and Literature, University of St Andrews 11/2011. Supervisor: Professor Trevor Hart

Thesis Topic: The Dramatizing of Theology: Humanity’s Participation in God’s Drama M.Phil. in Theology and the Arts 6/2008.

Supervisor: Dr Gavin Hopps

M.Div. Theological Studies, Multnomah University 5/2007. Supervisor: Dr. Paul Louis Metzger

Academic Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Professional Clear CLAD Teaching Credential, National University. Credentials: English and Social Studies

B.A. in English/History (Minor: Education), University of California, Davis. Note: NCAA Division I Wrestler; Student-Athlete advisor; Theta Xi Fraternity President RELEVANT TEACHING AND ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

*Note: many of the listed courses offered in a variety of delivery modalities: in-person and livestream, online (synchronous and asynchronous), and hybrid, which includes online and in-person/livestream components.

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry & Community Development, Multnomah University, 4/2022 – Present

Courses Taught (select): Theology I, II; Cultural Engagement; Pauline Epistles; Old Testament Survey; New Testament Survey; Community Development; Neighborhood Flourishing Courses Created & Developed: Dramatizing of Theology: Understanding Theology of God through a Theology of the Arts; Gospels, Acts, & Revelation; Theology of Thriving Communities; Neighborhood Flourishing; Gospel of John; The Gospels & Kingdom Leadership Mentor Teacher: Undergraduate & Graduate students, Multnomah University, 3/2020 – Present Responsibilities: Mentor/Disciple students on senior projects (undergrad); Mentor/Supervise graduate students for Master’s thesis and Doctoral projects; Meet bi-monthly with students; Assist in development of leadership, mentoring/discipleship curriculum Professor (on-line) & Course Development, LeTourneau University, TX 8/2013 – present Courses Taught (select): Paul’s Prison Letters; Christian Doctrine I, II; Christian Leadership Courses Created & Developed: Christian Doctrine; Leadership; Paul’s Prison Letters Assistant Professor (adjunct online), Multnomah University, 6/2013 – 4/2022 Courses Taught (select): Theology, Christian Perspectives, Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Gospel of John: Paul’s Prison Letters Courses Created & Developed: Theology; Christian Doctrine; Pauline Letters; Race & Culture Professor (online & adjunct on campus), William Jessup University, 6/2016 – 1/2021 Courses Taught (select): Theology, Christian Praxis, Art of Interpretation, Christian Perspective, Life and Faith Issues, New Testament Survey, Gospel of John Courses Created & Developed: Theology; Freshman Discipleship; Christian Perspective; Life and Faith Issues; Christian Praxis


Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) Lecturer & Course Development, School of Christian Leadership, William Jessup University, 6/2017—1/2021 Courses Created, Developed & Taught: Gospels & the Kingdom of God; Christian Leadership Mentor Teacher for New Online Faculty, William Jessup University, 8/2019 – 1/2021 Responsibilities: Mentor/Disciple new hires; Meet bi-monthly with cohort of 7-8 new faculty; Assist in development of leadership, discipleship curriculum Senior Capstone Biblical Studies and Biblical Theology Faculty Mentor, William Jessup University, 2018—2019

Supervised projects: Discerning the Natural and Spiritual Body in 1 Corinthians Space, Time, and Structural Evil: St. Paul and Principalities and Power Consultant and Curriculum Development, South University, 2/2014 – 6/2015 Doctor of Ministry Program Development; M.Div. Program Development Lecturer, St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, 2008 – 10 Course Developed & Taught: Ethics: God, Sex and Money Research Assistant for ITIA, University of St Andrews 1/2009 – 12/2010 The Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts is a research institute. Teaching Assistant, St. Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, 2008 – 09 Dr. Grant MaCaskill, Jesus and the Gospels

Dr. Steve Holmes, Contemporary Theology and Its Challenges Teaching Assistant, Dr. Paul Metzger, Multnomah University 9/2005—7/2007 Courses: Christian Theology I & II; Ethics; Religion & Society; Contemporary Theologies; Race, Class, and Consumerism; Theology of Cultural Engagement; Studies in Ecclesiology and Ministry Teaching Assistant, Dr. John Terveen, Multnomah University, Summers 2005 & 06 Course: Masters-level summer intensive: Greek I

English (Literature & Composition) and Bible Teacher, Wrestling Coach, Woodland Christian High School, 8/2001- 7/2004

English Teacher, Wrestling Coach, Woodland High School, 8/1996—7/2001 RELEVANT NON-PROFIT, CHURCH AND PASTORAL LEADERSHIP Community Engagement Catalyst, The Institute for Cultural Engagement: New Wine, New Wineskins, 1/2020 – Present. New Wine is a non-profit organization that exists to mobilize and develop community leaders who seek to engage and foster dialogue with diverse communities. New Wine seeks to help equip generations of Jesus’ followers to extinguish hate, intolerance and misunderstanding and maximize grace and truth for human flourishing in our world. Responsibilities: Cultivate community through education, consultation, transformation; Curriculum creation and development; Leadership training; Create, teach, and lead cultural engagement training and courses

FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), 6/2013 – present. Responsibilities: Theological Advisor; Summer Camp Wrestling Coach; Create curriculum for Bible studies; University wrestling team chaplain. Co-Pastor, Grace Church, Mahomet, Illinois 2/2013 – 6/2016 Responsibilities: Teaching, Preaching, Theological curriculum of church, Youth Group Pastor; College and Small group ministry, Discipleship and Leadership training Pastor of Inreach and Theology, Lakeside Church, Folsom, CA, 3/2011—3/2013 Responsibilities: Theological curriculum of church (Adult and Youth ministry), Small group ministry, Men’s ministry, Chaplain team, Pray team, Discipleship and Leadership training. 3farlow

Elder & University/Secondary Minister, Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews, Scotland, 1/2008 – 12/2010.

Responsibilities: Developed and implemented theological foundation for disciple-making; Met with Elders in Church of Scotland and Church of England; Created and developed missional programs for young adults; University mentoring.

Pastor, Clear Creek Community Church, Portland, OR, USA, 10/2005 – 8/2007. Responsibilities: Youth Pastor, Developed and implemented discipleship, leadership, and spiritual formation curriculum; Preaching


April 2022 – present Dean’s Council – Multnomah University April 2022 – present Multnomah Accreditation Assessment Team (graduate level) August 2023 Faculty Advisor and Program Director: MATS; MDiv in NF March 2023 Kern Family Foundation (KFF) Grant Award—FLOW Summit: Kern faculty development & Theological Education

April 2023 Subgrant for The Teaching Spiritual Entrepreneurship Initiative through Princeton Theological Seminary

January 2022 Lilly Endowment – Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative: “Sustaining Seminary Education by Reimagining the Church's Role in Community” CONFERENCE, AND SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS

April 2023 Maximize—Don’t Marginalize: 2023 Conference Series Suicide Prevention: Beyond Shame to Shalom

Feb–Mar 2023 In The Stacks at Multnomah University (Portland, OR) Speaker and Co-Creator of the monthly seminar built to foster holistic learning and dialogue-in-community around cultural issues between students, staff, faculty and MU neighbors.

Feb 2023 Mission Connexion Northwest Conference (Portland, OR) Seminar presentation: Neighborhood Flourishing

Nov 2022 Multnomah Lunch & Learn (Portland, OR)

What is flourishing for God’s Kingdom here and now May 2018 KFIA 710 The Word, Author Interview on Pastor2Pastor, Sacramento, CA The Dramatizing of Theology

May 2018 KFIA 710 The Word, Teaching for Pastor2Pastor, Sacramento, CA Humanity’s Identity Crisis: The Drama of life

Sept 2017 William Jessup University Chapel, Rocklin, CA In His Image: Phenomenal Greatness

Mar 2012 San Francisco City Impact G3 Summit, San Francisco, CA All The World’s a Stage: Finding Your Role in God’s Drama Feb 2010 University of St Andrews Christian Union, Univ St Andrews, Scotland Good Christian Sex: Loving Yourself so You Can Love Your Spouse Nov 2009 Postgraduate Research Seminar, St Mary’s College, Univ St Andrews, Scotland Imagining the Real

June 2009 Annual Postgraduate Day Conference, Univ St Andrews, Scotland Insertion of the Normative: The Dramatic Need of Today 4farlow

Dec 2008 St Mary’s College Theology Seminar, Univ St Andrews, Scotland Living Jesus from the text: Response to Francis Watson Nov 2008 St Mary’s College ITIA Seminar, Univ St Andrews, Scotland Contemporary Theology’s Need for the Theo-Drama


Touched by the Scandalous Hand, (June 19, 2020),

“Enter the Drama: His…story becoming our story,” Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture, Vol. 14 no. 2 (January 2019).

The Dramatizing of Theology: Humanity’s Participation in God’s Drama, Wipf & Stock

(July 2017).

Pursuing the consumer crown or the crucified crown, in Theology and California, edited by Fred Sanders and Jason Sexton (Ashgate, 2014).

“Dramatic theology and the Performance of Life and Faith,” Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture, Vol. 8 no. 1 (Winter 2012).

C.S. Lewis—A man enmeshed in the scandalous nature of the Cross, (Oct 16, 2012),

Beautiful Paradox: Humanity’s Participation in Christ, (Oct 5, 2012),

Revelation: God’s Faithful Performance, Society for the Study of Theology (SST), April 2009.

“Dining with the ‘Other,’” Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture, Vol. 3 no. 1 (Winter 2006).


New Wine Consultant and Board Member, The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins, 1/19 – Present

New Wine, New Wineskins Social Media Coordinator, 1/19 – Present.

• New Wine UnCorked Playlist

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• New Winecast: The New Wine Listening Experience (podcast) Editorial Assistant and Book Review Editor, Cultural Encounters – A Journal for the Theology of Culture, 10/2004 – present

U.S. Olympic Trials – Wrestling 1999 & 2003

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