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Jason Lief PhD

Professor / Theologian / Immigration Organizer
Professor, Northwestern College


I teach in the religion department at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. My primary focus is Practical Theology—exploring how theological language connects with our lived experience. I enjoy writing about music and film, and I front a band called the Hiccups with my son Christian. You can catch us down at the Fruited Plain Cafe playing covers of Twenty one Pilots and the Foo Fighters. I’m a married to Tamara and we have three kids: Naomi, Christian, and Savannah, with a dog (Lady) and a cat (Meow Meow).

Teaching Experience

Northwestern College

2016 – Present

At Northwestern I lead the Youth Ministry program as a part of the Religion Department. I teach intro biblical Studies and theology courses as well as upper level youth ministry and spiritual formation courses.

Northwestern College Religion and Youth Ministry

Dordt College

2006 – 2016

At Dordt I led the youth ministry program as part of the theology department. I taught a variety of courses from intro biblical studies and philosophy courses to upper level courses in youth ministry, worship, biblical studies and theology.

Ministry Leadership

Prairie Serve - High School Mission

2013 - Present

In partnership with Youth Unlimited I developed and lead a high school serve project located in Sioux City, Iowa. This project is a week long encounter with the Native people on the Winnebago Reservation and the Lao people who worship at Siouxland Unity Church in Sioux City.

More Information

Co-Editor and Blogger - Reformed Journal

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Interim Pastor - First Reformed Christian Church

2016 - Present

Listen To Sermons

Chaplaincy Work - Mercy Hospital Sioux City, Iowa