Department ofReligion

Marit Trelstad

Marit Trelstad

Associate Professor of Religion

253-535-7232 (office)



B.A. in Religion and English, St. Olaf College, 1989

M.A. in Systematic Theology, Luther Northwestern Seminary, 1994

Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Claremont Graduate University, 2000


Marit Trelstad is interested in how Christian theological ideas influence and are influenced by their contexts and authors. In her scholarship concerning teaching religion and in the field of theological anthropology, she advocates the empowerment, respect and communal responsibility of individuals. The importance of individual creativity and voice is seen within multiple avenues of her work in theology: Christology / soteriology, the doctrine of God, anthropology, pedagogical theory, feminist and process theologies, and contemporary applications within areas such as pastoral care and counseling. She is increasingly concerned with building conversational bridges between conservative and liberal religious perspectives. Publications include Cross Examinations: Readings on the Meaning of the Cross Today (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006).