Douglas E. Oakman, PhD

Douglas Oakman

Title: Religion Educator
Company: Pacific Lutheran University
Location: Tacoma, Washington, United States

Douglas E. Oakman, PhD, Professor at Pacific Lutheran University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements and leadership in religious education.

Stemming from working class families on both sides, lively questions about the Bible and a just society encouraged Dr. Oakman as a young man to pursue a career in the field of religious studies. Upon graduating from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts and honors, he received a Master of Divinity from the Christ Seminary – Seminex in 1979. Dr. Oakman concluded his academic efforts with a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in 1986. Additionally, he was ordained to the ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Since 1988, Dr. Oakman has served as a professor at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Prior to this appointment, he was an associate pastor for Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Oakland, California, between 1982 and 1986. One highlight of his career was giving a talk about social justice titled “Ideas Matter,” accompanied by a jazz pianist who played music OF Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. He spoke about how the term “justice” had been clarified and specified in the last 200 years by the words freedom, equality and community, and also that the music of Ellington and Strayhorn Brought people together and, in some ways, gave them a transcendent vision of the real meaning of justice. A respected voice in the field of biblical studies, Dr. Oakman is the author of “Jesus and the Economic Questions of His Day,” which was published in 1986. He has also co-authored four other books and has contributed articles to professional journals. Outside of work, he enjoys amateur radio and studying railroad history in his spare time.

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