Chuck Currie, D.Min, M.Div

Director of Center for Peace and Spirituality, University Chaplain, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
UC Box 
Drake House 108

Office Hours

By appointment

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Course Information

Religion and Social Health Policy

HUM 100 | First Year Seminar

PSJ 225 | The Middle East

Introduction to the Bible in Historical Context


About Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

The Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. At Pacific University, he serves as the director of the Center for the Peace and Spirituality, university chaplain, and as assistant professor of religious studies. His academic work has focused on the intersection between theology and public policy. 

Dr. Currie spent 17 years working directly on issues related to homelessness and housing before earning his master of divinity degree. As a minister in the United Church of Christ, he has worked to build interfaith coalitions to address critical national issues, such as healthcare, gun violence, climate change and immigration reform.

“Pacific University has a historic commitment to celebrating the rich diversity of their students, “ says Dr. Currie. “In my role as director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality and university chaplain, we have the opportunity at Pacific to more fully explore how faith intersects with the range of issues being studied in both undergraduate and graduate programs.” 

Dr. Currie earned his Master of Divinity degree at Eden Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree at Chicago Theological Seminary.

He has appeared on ABC's World News Tonight and been mentioned or quoted in The New York Times, The La Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, NPR, and is seen, heard or quoted frequently in local media. Dr. Currie is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.

Dr. Currie is married to Liz Smith Currie, a senior policy advisor to the chair of Multnomah County. They live in Northeast Portland with their twin daughters, Katherine and Frances, a parrot named Bleu Bird Bright, a dog named Judge Warning, and two under appreciated cats.



Doctor of Ministry (DMin) with an emphasis on Public Theology, Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, Ill.

Master of Divinity (MDiv), Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.



Rev. Currie has written guest pieces for many publications, including The Washington Post, The Hill and The Oregonian.  He is a regular contributor to the religion section of The Huffington Post.



Vollum Ecumenical Humanitarian Award, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Blessed Are The Peace Makers Award, Word Council of Churches

Distinguished Service and Leadership Award, National Association For The Education Of Homeless Children and Youth


Previous Appointments

  • Sunnyside Church and University Park Church, Portland, Ore., Senior Minister, 2012-2014
  • Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, Portland, Ore., Interim Minister, 2006 – 2009
  • First United Methodist Church, Portland, Ore., Director of Community Outreach, 1998-2002
  • First United Methodist Church, Portland, Ore., Shelter Manager, 1997-1998
  • Transition Projects, Inc. Portland, Ore., Administrative Housing and Property Coordinator, 1995-1996
  • Outside In Socio-Medical Aid Station, Portland, Ore., Housing Coordinator / Emergency Service Worker, 1991-1995
  • Waterfront Classics, Inc., Portland, Ore., Executive Producer, 1987-1991


Previous Community Service

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Public Policy Committee

National Coalition for the Homeless, Board of Directors

National Coalition for the Homeless, Civil Rights Committee

North American Street Newspaper Association, Board of Directors

Oregon Housing Now Coalition, Board of Directors

Outside In Socio-Medical Aid Station, Board of Directors

Burnside Advocates Group, Board of Directors

Multnomah County Community Action Commission (Chair 93-94)

Burnside Community Council, Executive Board


Reverend Dr. Chuck Currie '91 is the Chicago Theological Seminary's 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

Charles “Chuck” Currie ’91 is the director of Pacific’s center for peace and spirituality, as well as the University Chaplain and professor. He wrote an opinion piece, "Blind evangelical support for Trump is theological malpractice," that was published by the political newspaper, The Hill.

We woke up this morning to the news of what is now the deadliest mass shooting in the United States. If you need someone to talk with, there are resources available to students, faculty and staff.

At the invitation of President Obama, Pacific University chaplain, assistant professor and Center for Peace and Spirituality director Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie will travel to Washington, D.C., for the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, March 30.