Trentaz, Cassie

cassie trentazAssistant Professor of Theology, Ethics and Church History, Chair of Religion and Christian Ministries Department
Phone 503.517.1045


Ph.D. in Theology, Ethics, and the Human Sciences from Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. 2010

M.T.S. with professional distinction in Theological Studies from Anderson School of Theology in Anderson, IN. 2004

B.A. in Religious Studies with majors in Bible/Religion and Christian Ministries and a minor in Philosophy from Anderson University in Anderson, IN. 2001


Cassie, along with her glass-blower husband Perry and their son Winston, comes to Warner Pacific College by way of Kansas, Colorado, Indiana, Uganda (East Africa), and the south side of Chicago. Cassie is an ordained minister with the Church of God (Anderson, IN) and served the church in the areas of youth and family ministries and leadership development at the Church of God national offices for eight years. She has taught courses in Anderson, Chicago, and a series of trainings in East Africa and is excited and honored to have joined the faculty of WPC in the fall of 2010. Cassie’s teaching and research interests lie in the intersections of theology, ethics, and church history and her commitments include theological and ethical reflections on the ways racism, classism, sexism, ecological concerns and other structures of power differentials influence human experience and community and exploring what the church has to say in the midst of those realities in the complex contexts of the twenty-first century globalized world. Her heart beats for realized potential, justice-making, and radical hospitality and she’s a sucker for good stories, free food, breve lattes, and Chicago Bears football.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Wesleyan Theological Society


“Complicating ‘Risk’—‘Risk Environments,’ Religion, and HIV & AIDS” presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) fall 2010.

Dissertation: “Risk of a Different Kind: A Reading of Theological Complicity and Possibility in the Age of Global HIV & AIDS,” April 2010.

“‘…A Threat to Justice Everywhere’: A Look at Personhood and the Sacred/Beloved Communities of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Age of Global HIV&AIDS” presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) fall 2008.

“Making Sense of Feminist Theologies Today” co-authored with Dr. Laurel C. Schneider, published 21 July 2008 by Blackwell Publishers in the Religion Compass journal.

Authored the three-part issues on both “Grace” and “Household Economics” for the Church of God young adult discipleship resource, the Journey, 2005-2007.

Authored a regular “Spotlight on Leadership” column for the Church of God Ministries newsletter CommUnion, 2004-2007.

Authored a regular column and served as project coordinator for the bi-monthly Called Out newsletter sent to students in the Church of God who had identified themselves as having experienced a call to ministry, 2002-2007.