Houston Graduate School of Theology

Steven Turley


Steven Turley


Adjunct Assistant Professor of Church History

PhD, History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 


About Dr. Turley

Dr. Turley studied Economics at Stanford University (BA) before turning to the Humanities when he entered Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv). After his ordination in 2000, he served as Pastor of Iglesia Bautistia Emmanuel in Nogales, Arizona, for two years, developing a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual church family on the Mexican border. He later earned an MA and PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a specialty in Spanish and Latin American Church History. His dissertation was published in 2014 by Ashgate as Franciscan Spirituality and Mission in New Spain, 1524-1599: Conflict Beneath the Sycamore Tree.

Upon graduating from UW-Madison, having developed a passion for bringing the treasures of church history to bear on 21st-century ministry, Dr. Turley returned to pastoral work, joining InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to serve graduate students and faculty at UW. Since 2010, he has served InterVarsity as a graduate and faculty chaplain at Rice University, and has taught history courses at Rice, Fuller Seminary-Texas, College of Biblical Studies, and now HGST. Dr. Turley is married to Dr. Ruth Lopez Turley, Professor of Sociology at Rice and Director of the Houston Education Research Consortium. Both serve as Overseers at Ecclesia Houston and live in Bellaire with their two sons, Alejandro and Gabriel. 

Contact Information

Email: sturley@hgst.edu

Phone: (713) 942-9505