Dr. Bill Oliverio

Associate Professor of Public Theology


Ph.D. Marquette University, 2009
M.A. Bethel Theological Seminary (MN), 2003
B.A. North Central University, 1999


Dr. Bill Oliverio teaches faith integration courses for Northwest’s graduate programs beyond the College of Ministry. He is a philosophical theologian that specializes in hermeneutic or interpretation theory, theories of knowledge, and the relationship of Christian faith to the modern world.

He is co-editor of Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, the author of Theological Hermeneutics in the Classical Pentecostal Tradition: A Typological Account (Brill, 2012/2014), which was a finalist for the Pneuma Book Award (best new book in Pentecostal studies). He co-edited Constructive Pneumatological Hermeneutics in Pentecostal Christianity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), and is the author of other articles, book chapters, and reviews. He is a member and on the executive committee of The Society for Pentecostal Studies, and he is a member of the American Academy of Religion.

An Assemblies of God minister, prior to coming to Northwest in 2020, he was Associate Academic Dean at The School of Urban Missions in El Dorado Hills, California (2017-2020), Pastor of Immanuel Church (Assemblies of God) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2011-2017), and Lecturer in Theology at Marquette University (2007-2017).

He resides in Kirkland, Washington with his wife and their two sons. He enjoys sports, especially soccer, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Publications – Books

Theological Hermeneutics in the Classical Pentecostal Tradition: A Typological Account. Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies Series 12. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2012. Paperback, 2014.

Edited, with Kenneth J. Archer, Constructive Pneumatological Hermeneutics in Pentecostal Christianity. Christianity and Renewal Interdisciplinary Studies (CHARIS) Series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Publications – Chapters and Articles

“The Theological Hermeneutic of Amos Yong, In the Prime of His Theological Career,” Australasian Pentecostal Studies 21:1 (2020): 4-28. 

“Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue” in Brill’s Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, edited by Michael Wilkinson, Conny Au, Jörg Haustein, and Todd M. Johnson, 2020. 

“The Beauty of the Immanent: Dialectics of Divine Presence in Nimi Wariboko and David Bentley Hart,” 349-361, in Toyin Falola, ed., The Philosophy of Nimi Wariboko (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2020). 

“Contours of a Constructive Pentecostal Philosophical-Theological Hermeneutic,” Journal of Pentecostal Theology 29:2 (Spring 2020): 35-55.

“Theological Hermeneutics: Understanding the World in the Encounter with God.” In The Routledge Handbook of Pentecostal Theology, edited by Wolfgang Vondey. Abindon, UK and New York, 2020.

“True Religion, in Great Part, Consists of Holy Affections: A Comparison of the Biblical Hermeneutics of Jonathan Edwards and Pentecostals.” In Pentecostal Theology and Jonathan Edwards, edited by Steven Studebaker and Amos Yong, 23-39. T&T Clark Systematic Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology Series. London: T&T Clark, 2019.

“The Nature of Theology and Pentecostal Hermeneutics: On the Relationship Among Scripture, Experience of the Spirit, and Life in Spirit-Filled Community.” In Christian Unity and Pentecostal Faith, edited by Peter Hocken, Tony Richie and Christopher A. Stephenson, 157-79. Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2019.

Guest editor, Pneuma: Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 40:1 – “Charles Taylor’s Secular Age and the Future of Pentecostalism.” Edited articles from Wolfgang Vondey, Caroline Redick, Michael McClymond, Comfort Max-Wirth and Michael Wilkinson.

“The Work of Charles Taylor and the Future of Pentecostalism,” Pneuma 40:1-2 (2018): 5-16.

“Reading Craig Keener: On Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost.” Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 39:1-2 (2017): 126-145.

“The Pentecostal Conversation on the Wall of Higher Education: A Rapprochement with Tradition,” The Pentecostal Educator 4:2 (2017): 53-68.

“Introduction: Pentecostal Hermeneutics and the Hermeneutical Tradition.” In Constructive Pneumatological Hermeneutics in Pentecostal Christianity, edited by Kenneth J. Archer and L. William Oliverio, Jr, 1-14. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

“Spirit Baptism in the Late Modern World: A Pentecostal Response to The Church: Towards a Common Vision.” In The Holy Spirit and the Church: Ecumenical Reflections with a Pastoral Perspective, edited by Thomas Hughson, 44-70. Ashgate Contemporary Ecclesiology Series. Abingdon, UK and New York: Routledge, 2016.

“Breaking Out of the Immanent Frame: A Review Essay of James K. A. Smith’s How (Not) to Be Secular Reading Charles Taylor.” The Pentecostal Educator 2:1 (Spring 2015): 7-19.

“The Theology of Amos Yong and the Dissolution and Pluralism of Late Modernity.” In The Theology of Amos Yong and the New Face of Pentecostal Scholarship, edited by Wolfgang Vondey and Martin Mittelstadt, 45-61. Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies Series 14. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2013.

“Introduction” to “A Review Symposium on: Amos Yong, The Spirit of Creation: Modern Science and Divine Action in the Pentecostal-Charismatic Imagination.” Australasian Pentecostal Studies 15:1 (2013): [http://webjournals.ac.edu.au/journals/aps/issue-15/].

“An Interpretive Review Essay on Amos Yong’s Spirit-Word-Community: Theological Hermeneutics in Trinitarian Perspective,” Journal of Pentecostal Theology 18:2 (October 2009): 301-311.