Marc Cortez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology
On Faculty since 2013

Office: BGC 529
Phone: (630)752-5914


PhD, University of St. Andrews, 2007

ThM, Western Seminary, 2004

MA, Western Seminary, 2002

BA, Multnomah Bible College, 2000

About Marc Cortez

My family moved a lot when I was younger, so I’ve lived in quite a few places (almost 30 at last count), mostly on the west coast. But I lived in Vancouver, WA (near Portland, OR) longer than anywhere else.

I’ve been teaching since 2006, focusing mostly on theology and church history, though I’ve taught introductory Greek and philosophy as well. I love a good discussion, and particularly enjoy helping students reflect on how theology impacts everyday life and ministry.

Before teaching, I worked as a youth pastor, ministering to middle and high school students for almost ten years. I still love youth ministry and have remained active as a volunteer ever since.

I am married and have three amazing daughters. Sally, our foster daughter, lives in Minneapolis and teaches communication at Brown College. Our younger daughters, Leah and Sydney, enjoy reading, playing with the cat, listening to music, and riding their bikes.

Most of my spare time gets spent with my girls, reading theology books, or doing chores around the house. But I also enjoy blogging, technology, fiction, movies, and life in general.

Courses Taught

  • Th.M. seminars in the historical theology specialization: Augustine, Greek Fathers, Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, and Karl Barth
  • Introductory classes in systematic theology covering all the major doctrines
  • Church history survey
  • Introduction to philosophy for theologians and biblical scholars
  • Introductory classes on Greek grammar, syntax, and exegesis

Membership in Professional Societies

  • ETS
  • SBL
  • AAR


  • Theological Anthropology (esp. the image of God, the body/soul relationship, human sexuality, and free will)
  • Contemporary Christology (esp. the incarnation and the humanity of Christ)
  • Philosophical Theology (primarily the relationship between metaphysics and systematic theology)
  • Global and Contextual Theology (the nature of culture, the impact of cultural context on theology, particular expressions of contextual theology)
  • The Theology of Karl Barth


Books Published

Theological Anthropology: A Guide for the Perplexed (T&T Clark, 2010)

Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies: An Exercise in Christological Anthropology and Its Significance for the Mind/Body Debate (T&T Clark, 2008)

Articles/Chapters Published

“As Much as Possible: Essentially Contested Concepts and Analytic Theology; A Response to William J. Abraham,” Journal of Analytic Theology 1.1 (2013): 17-24. 

“Body, Soul, and (Holy) Spirit: Karl Barth’s Theological Framework for Understanding Human Ontology,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 10.3 (2008): 328-345

“What Does It Mean to Call Karl Barth a Christocentric Theologian?” Scottish Journal of Theology 60.2 (2007): 127-143

“The Law of Violent Intervention: Deuteronomy 25:11-12 Revisited,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 30.4 (2006): 431-447

“Creation and Context: A Theological Framework for Contextual Theology,” Westminster Theological Journal 67.2 (Fall 2005): 347-362

Westminster Theological Journal 67.1 (Spring 2005): 85-102