Steven L. Porter

Dr. Porter teaches theology, spiritual formation, and philosophical theology for the Institute for Spiritual Formation, Talbot School of Theology and at Rosemead School of Psychology (both of Biola University). He is the author of Restoring the Foundations of Epistemic Justification: A Direct Realist and Conceptualist Theory of Foundationalism, co-editor of Christian Scholarship in the 21st Century: Prospects and Perils, and co-editor of Dallas’s final academic book: The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge. In addition to various book chapters, he has contributed articles to the Journal of the Evangelical Theological SocietyJournal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, Philosophia ChristiFaith and PhilosophyJournal of Psychology and Theology, Themelios, Christian Scholar’s Review, etc. Steve and his wife Alicia live with their son Luke and daughter Siena in Long Beach, CA.


Southern California




Steve was a graduate student in philosophy under Dallas at USC from 1997-2003 and stayed in close contact with him from that time on.  He arranged for Dallas to participate in numerous conferences and events connected with Biola University, and worked with him on the board of editorial consultants of the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, of which Steve is the managing editor. Knowing how passionate Dallas was about his work on The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge, Steve contacted the Willard family during Dallas's battle with cancer and offered his assistance, along with Aaron Preston and Gregg Ten Elshof, to complete the manuscript. Dallas's response to this offer was, "Now THEY could do it!"

Steve shared some of his personal memories of how the presence of Christ flowed through Dallas even as a philosophy professor in a secular university in Dallas Willard Remembered.


Spiritual Formation, Discipleship to Jesus, Suffering and Growth, Spirituality and Missions, Psychology and Spiritual Change, Spiritual Formation as Evidence for God’s Existence, etc.


Doing Jesus Things the Jesus Way

A Glorious Life

Completing The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge is co-sponsored by the family of Dallas Willard, Dallas Willard Ministries, and FiveStone.