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  • Ph.D., Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., Talbot School of Theology
  • M.Div., Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A., San Jose State University


Robert Covolo has a passion for retrieving historic Christian sources for engaging the logics and practices of contemporary life, be it secularization, surfing or the current craze for fast fashion. Before coming to Torrey, Covolo served as a pastor at Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach, as a scholar at the Visual Faith Institute of Art and Architecture, and as the Chairman of the School Board for the Intellectual Virtues Academy. In addition to degrees and certificates in the humanities, history, English literature, divinity, and philosophy of religion, he has completed doctoral work in theology and culture (Fuller Theological Seminary), and dogmatics and ecumenics (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). His areas of research include theological aesthetics, political theology, theology and culture, secularization theory, fashion theory, and the Dutch statesman and theologian Abraham Kuyper.


  • American Academy of Religion
  • Association of Grace Brethren Ministers
  • Christians in the Visual Arts
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • The Bavinck Society


  • Visiting Fellow, Theologische Universiteit Kampen (2016)
  • Travel Award, Princeton Theological Seminary (2014)
  • Brehm Scholar: Visual Faith Institute of Art and Architecture (2013)
  • Merit Fellowship, Center For Advanced Theological Studies (2013)
  • Plenary Presentation, Neo-Calvinism & The French Revolution Conference (2012)
  • Merit Fellowship, Center For Advanced Theological Studies (2012)
  • Inaugural Presentation, TECC Initiative (2011)
  • Travel Award, Princeton Theological Seminary (2011)
  • Merit Fellowship, Center For Advanced Theological Studies (2011)
  • First Place Winner, Bavinck Scholarship Competition, Calvin College (2011)

Publications (Selected)

  • "Richard Mouw," "George Marsden," and "Biola University," Articles in Evangelical America: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Religious Culture, Demy Timothy, Shockley Paul and Covolo Bob. ABC-CLIO, 2017.
  • “Beyond Modesty: The Challenge of Late Modern Fashion," Covolo, Robert, In All Things, November, 2015.
  • "Clothed in Mercy," Christianity Today. Covolo Robert, August 2015.
  • “Towards a Theology of California Surf Culture,” Covolo, Robert, Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture.
  • “Beyond the Low-Rise Jean: Traces of Resurrection on the Catwalks of the Late Alexander McQueen,” Covolo, Robert, The Other Journal: Body, 2014.


  • Openness to Experience: Rethinking Creativity and Aesthetic Intelligence Conference, La Mirada. Presented on "A Theology of Creativity." March, 2016.
  • Work and Faith Conference, Albuquerque. Presented on "Work and Faith: The Fashion Industry." June, 2015.
  • Liturgical Theology Seminar, Pasadena. Presented on "The Liturgical Theology of Alexander Schmemann." October, 2011.
  • Apologetics Seminar, Pasadena. Presented on "Contemporary Approaches To the Problem of Evil: Plantinga, Hart, Swinburne and Craig." November, 2010.


  • Issues in Theology and Contemporary Art
  • Greek Exegesis of the Gospels
  • Theology of Creation, Man and Sin
  • Art and the Bible
  • Theology of Sanctification
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