David Wheeler

Adjunct faculty

Dr. Wheeler has a long history of service to both church and academy. His pastorates include Iglesia Bautista Portola in San Francisco, First Baptist Church in Los Angeles, First Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon. He also held teaching positions at Central Baptist Seminary (Kansas City), San Francisco Theological Seminary (Southern California) in Pasadean, and Fuller Theological Seminary (Centro Latino), also in Pasadena. In addition, he has been a visiting professor/conferencista in Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Russia.

Dr. Wheeler was born in Louisville, KY. His wife Carol was a former mental health administrator. He and Carol have two adult children, Clare and Micah.


B.A.: Georgetown (KY) College

M.A. (Philosophy): University of Kansas

M.Div.: Yale Divinity School

Th.D.: Graduate Theological Union

Classes Taught

Teología Sistemática y Ética (Systematic Theology and Ethics)

Research Interests

Christology, Soteriology, Green theology and ethics

Professional Associations and Services

American Baptist Creation Justice Network steering committee

Roger Williams Fellowship

Faith/Labor Committee of Portland 

Jobs with Justice


"The Constituents of the Beloved Community," American Baptist Quarterly XXXV-2, Summer, 2016.

"Evangelical Proclamation and Teaching in the Twenty-First Century," in Al Truesdale, ed., Whatever Happened to Evangelicalism? The Foundry Publishers, 2017.

"Suffering and Global Climate Change," Huddled-Masses.org, Feb 5, 2018.

"Unmasking Our Shameful Story at Our Southern Border," EthicsDaily.com, November 30, 2018.

“Water Warriors and the fight for clean affordable water in Flint, Michigan," with Ian Mevorach, The Christian Citizen, December 21, 2018.

"Vanishing Bugs -- the Most Important Issue Not Worrying You," EthicsDaily.com, February 12, 2019.

"Christian Holiness in Baptist Tradition," with Harold Segura, in Al Truesdale, ed., All Things Necessary for Godliness, forthcoming, The Foundry Publishers, 2020.