Dr. Nathan Willowby guides the College of Christian Ministry, and Music, Theatre, & Dance to continue the initial founding purpose of the AU institution of training church leaders through ministry preparation majors and graduate programs as well as the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum offerings. In his role as Dean, Willowby seeks to find growing relationships and collaborations to prepare ministers for the church of the present and future. His primary academic preparation is in the areas of theology and ethics, but he also has research interests in Church of God history and church finances. Related to teaching courses for National Security and Cybersecurity majors, Willowby is currently writing a textbook on professional ethics through the lens of Christian Virtue through the PALNI Open Academic Resources efforts. He is a member of the Wesleyan Theological Society, Church of God Historical Society, Religious Research Association, Society of Christian Ethics, Church of God Peace Fellowship, and American Academy of Religion.
Willowby is a graduate of AU, earning a bachelor’s degree in Bible & Religion and a complementary major in Business Administration. He studied one year at the School of Theology before eventually earning a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School and a Ph.D. in theology and ethics at Marquette University (where he wrote on holiness and political theology). An ordained minister in the Church of God, Willowby served as pastor of Crossroads Church of God in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for seven years. He was active in statewide unity services and was the President of the Wisconsin Assembly of the Church of God from 2013-2016.
In his courses, Willowby seeks to enable students to consider the essential doctrinal and ethical texts and doctrines, but also invites students to consider the ways that the Christian claim, Jesus is Lord, has sweeping implications for all aspects of personal and corporate life.
Willowby has served at Anderson University since 2016.
Contact Dr. Willowby:
Dean, College of Christian Ministry, and Music, Theatre, & Dance
Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics
B.A., Anderson University
M.Div., Duke University Divinity School
Ph.D., Marquette University