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Gerald SittserGerald Sittser

Temporary Staffing - OCE
Senior Fellow, Office of Church Engagement

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4381
Fax: 509.777.3446
Office Location: Beeksma Family Theological Cen 213
Email: gsittser@whitworth.edu

Courses Taught

  • GE 125- First Year Seminar
  • TH 154- Intro to the Christian Faith
  • TH 313W- History of Christianity I
  • TH 314W- Hist Chrstnty II:World Chrstn
  • TH 335- Theology of Ministry
  • TH 396-2 - Seminar on Early Christianity
  • TH 393- Christian Spirituality
  • TH 423W- Religion/Pub. Life in America

Research & Scholarship

In 2014-15 Sittser teamed up with Terry McGonigal, former Dean of Spiritual Life, to procure two grants, one from the Lilly Foundation and one a Murdock Grant, worth a total of 1.4 million dollars, which led to the establishment of the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement. Beginning in the summer of 2015, Sittser began working half time as senior fellow in the Office of Church Engagement, in addition to teaching half time in the theology department. Since then, McGonigal and Sittser have procured an additional three grants from Lilly, amounting to three million dollars, and helped secure funds for the renovation of the Whitworth chapel building and the addition of a new wing for the theology department and the staff of OCE, which is attached to the back of the chapel. They moved into this new space in the fall of 2018.

Sittser won the Hope College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009. He has also been voted Most Influential Professor ten times by the Whitworth senior class, most recently by the Whitworth Class of 2015. During graduate school, he also won the Jacob K. Javits National Graduate Fellowship award.