I’m A. J.

I’m married to Quinn. The human that came out of her is my son, Elliot. That’s my little family. We live just down the street from Hot Lips Pizza, read the Oregonian, eat at Jam every Monday, and walk to New Seasons. Beyond this, I keep busy as a professor, pastor, church planter, writer, speaker, and social networker/entrepreneur. As is often done, here’s my bio in the classic, predictable, third person form.

Dr. A. J. Swoboda is a professor, author, and pastor of Theophilus in urban Portland, Oregon. He teaches theology, biblical studies, and Christian history at George Fox Evangelical and Fuller Seminaries, including a number of other universities and Bible colleges. Previous to this, A.J. served as a campus pastor at the University of Oregon. His doctoral research at the University of Birmingham (U.K.) explored the never-ending relationship between the Holy Spirit and ecology. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Pentecostal Studies. A.J. is the author of The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith (Baker), A Glorious Dark: Finding Hope in the Tension between Belief and Experience (Baker), Messy: God Likes It That Way (Kregel), Tongues and Trees: Toward a Pentecostal Ecological Theology (JPTSup, Deo),  Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology (Baker Academic), and Scripting Pentecost: A Study of Pentecostals, Worship and Liturgy  (Routledge). You can find his website and blog at www.ajswoboda.com, or follow him on Twitter @mrajswoboda.