Coastlands hosts the Northwest School of Theology

Tuesday, April 30- Friday, May 3, 2019
Morro Bay, CA


The Northwest School of Theology is a weeklong experience with some incredible teachers and (a limited number of—25 to be exact) wonderful people. It began about 11 years ago in Sunriver Oregon. The vision behind it is to see every participant discover that God is better than they ever imagined; that they are included and embraced in God’s abundant goodness. We believe this is best realized as we consider everything through who Jesus is.

Classes are held in the mornings, then we enjoy lunch together, have some free time, come back together for dinner, and then have another session in the evening. There is a beautiful blend of class time and informal conversations around meals or in nature, and even time for naps for those who need it!



WM. Paul Young

Wm. Paul Young, author of The Shack, EveCross Roads, and The Shack Reflections, was born a Canadian and raised among a stone-age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of what was Netherlands New Guinea (now West Papua). He suffered great loss as a child and young adult, and now enjoys the “wastefulness of grace” with his family in the Pacific Northwest.


Brad Jersak

Brad Jersak an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, Canada. Happily married to Eden for 30 years, they have recently become ’empty-nesters’. Their heart is to share the good news that God is Love and that God’s love was shown to us perfectly in Jesus of Nazareth and can be experienced directly…


Katie Skurja

Katie Skurja founded Imago Dei Ministries and the author of Paradox Lost: Uncovering Your True Identity in Christ, which uncovers the believer’s true identity in Christ and peels away misconceptions of the nature and character of the truine God. She holds a Masters in Marriage and Fmaily Therapy from George Fox University as well as a Certificate of Spiritual Formation from George Fox Evangelical Seminary.


John Macmurray (Director)

For over forty-five years John MacMurray has taught Bible, Theology, and Photography in churches and schools serving in both staff and non-staff leadership roles. Known best for communicating with university age students—he has led college groups, served as an adjunct professor of Bible Literature, and taught for various schools and organizations internationally. A lifetime of teaching led John to start and direct the Northwest School of Theology and the Open Table Conferences.

John is also an award winning landscape nature photographer…

Sessions and meals will be held at a beautiful ranch property in Morro Bay, CA. If you’re coming from out of town, thank you for arranging your own accommodations.

The cost for the week is $450 which includes tuition and meals (excluding breakfast). There may be partial financial scholarships available based on need.

Registration for the April 30th, 2019 SOT is now closed—thanks for your interest!