Assistant Professor & Academic Support Specialist
Department: College of Church Leadership
- Ph.D., Theology, Regent University School of Divinity
- Master of Arts, Religious Studies, University of Missouri
- Master of Arts Theological Studies, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
- Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Education, Evangel University
Dr. Richard A. Pruitt is an ordained Assemblies of God minister and served in full-time pastoral ministry from 1985 to 2007. He currently serves as an Asst. Professor of Theology at North Central University in Minneapolis and has taught biblical, theological, and religious studies courses both online and in the classroom since 2007 and for NCU since 2016. In addition to his role in the classroom at NCU, Dr. Pruitt also serves as an Academic Support Specialist for Academic Affairs, developing online courses, supporting online instructors, and assisting adjunct faculty with on-boarding, training, and orientation.
Dr. Pruitt has authored several published articles on a variety of theological subjects, including the inculturation of the Christian Gospel and mediated-cognitive learning strategies in online college coursework. His newest work, Theology through Community (Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2019), addresses Luke’s view of the first-century community of believers engaging Spirit and Scripture in theological creativity. He is also writing a chapter in a forthcoming edited volume, Voices of the Spirit: A Primer to Contemporary Pentecostal & Charismatic Theology (ed. David Bradnick, Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2020), which focuses on prominent Pentecostal systematic theologians from 1970-2010.
His wife, Judy Pruitt, is the Director of Library Services for North Central University. Married since 1985, they have two adult sons. Their youngest son, Joel, graduated from NCU in 2018 with a BS in Marketing.
- “Rethinking Postliberal Theology: Comparing and Contrasting Lindbeck and Vanhoozer.” Evangelical Review of Theology. 36.2 (2012): 161-75.
- “Contemplating the Inculturation of the Christian Gospel among the Igbo of Southeastern Nigeria.” Missiology: An International Review 40.4 (2012): 425-442.
- “The Application of Cognitive-Developmental or Mediated Cognitive Learning Strategies in Online College Coursework.” Teaching Theology and Religion 14.3 (2011): 226-246.
- “The Meaning of the Cross in Mark.” Evangelical Review of Theology 34:4 (2010): 358-369.
- Review of The Holy Spirit: Lord and Life Giver, by Ivan Satyavrata. Religious Studies Review, 36.1 (2010): 65.
- Review of The Religious Case against Unbelief, by James P. Carse. Religious Studies Review 35.2 (2009): 113-14.
- Review of Java & Justice: Journeys in Pentecostal Missions Education, edited by B. Brenneman, W. R. Brookman, and N. Muhovich. PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 30.1 (2008): 164-65.
- Review of Liturgical Theology: The Church as Worshiping Community, by Simon Chan. Religious Studies Review, 33.1 (2007): 37–38.