School of Theology and Ministry

Rev. Michael Kinnamon, Ph.D.

  •  Rev. Michael Kinnamon
    Spehar-Halligan Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Collaboration in Interreligious Dialogue
    (206) 296-2534


    • A.B. Brown University (1971)
    • TelAviv University (1969-70)
    • M.A., University of Chicago Divinity School (1976)
    • Ph.D., University of Chicago Divinity School (1980), in the field of religion and literature
    • D.D. (Honorary), Bethany College (1992)
    • Doctor of Humane Letlers (Honorary), Aquinas Institute of Theology (2008)

    Personal Information:

    The Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, an internationally-recognized scholar and leader in the ecumenical movement, is the Spehar-Halligan Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Collaboration in Interreligious Dialogue at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. He is the immediate-past General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and has also served as General Secretary of the Consultation on Church Union and as Executive Secretary of the World Council of Churches' Commission on Faith and Order.

    Dr. Kinnamon has been a seminary professor for more than 25 years, also serving as Dean of Lexington Theological Seminary from 1988-98. He has lectured and preached on ecumenical themes across the U.S. and in numerous countries overseas, especially in India and the Middle East. His many writings in the field of ecumenical studies include "The Vision of the Ecumenical Movement and How It Has Been Impoverished By Its Friends" (2003), "The Ecumenical Movement: An Anthology of Key Texts and Voices," a new edition of which is scheduled for publication in 2013, and "Can a Renewal Movement Be Renewed?: Questions for the Future of Ecumenism," also due out in 2013.

    Dr. Kinnamon's Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago Divinity School (1980) in the field of Religion and Literature. He has been named the Divinity School's Alumnus of the Year for 2013. He holds ordained ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has been active in the mission and ministries of that denomination and a frequent speaker at Disciples events. His most recent book on the church (with Jan Linn) is "Disciples: Reclaiming Our Identity, Reforming Our Practice" (2009). He is married to Mardine Davis, an art consultant, and has two grown daughters.