Dr. Wes Vander Lugt - Gordon Conwell
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Dr. Wes Vander Lugt

Adjunct Professor of Theology and Acting Director of the Leighton Ford Initiative in Theology, the Arts, and Gospel Witness

Email: [email protected]
First Year at Gordon-Conwell:
Expertise: Pastoral Leadership, Theology and the Arts, Spiritual Formation

Dr. Wes Vander Lugt received an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary and a PhD in Theology, Imagination, and the Arts from The University of St Andrews. He has served as lead pastor of Warehouse 242 in Charlotte, theologian in residence at First Church Tulsa, and has been a visiting professor at Covenant Seminary, Cape Town Biblical College, and the University of St Andrews. At Gordon-Conwell, he serves as adjunct professor of theology and acting director of the Leighton Ford Initiative in Theology, the Arts, and Gospel Witness.

His publications include Living Theodrama: Reimagining Theological Ethics, which utilizes theatre as a holistic model for integrating spiritual formation and faithful action, the Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition (co-authored with Kelly Kapic), Theatrical Theology: Explorations in Performing the Faith (edited with Trevor Hart), and numerous essays on theology and the arts, modern theology, and spiritual formation.

In addition to teaching and writing, Wes is the co-founder of Kinship Plot, a nonprofit in Charlotte seeking to imagine and embody resonant relationship of every kind. He also serves on the board with Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA) and the Lorien Academy of the Arts.

His wife Stephanie is an ordained Presbyterian minister, works as the Executive Director of Kinship Plot, and is pursuing an MSW degree at UNC Charlotte. They have three children—Eden, Beata, and Chalmer—who enjoy the companionship of Hamish, a bearded dragon.


  • MDiv (Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri)
  • PhD (The University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland)

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