Executive Director, Mid-Columbia Center
for Theological Studies

Pasco, Washington

d. 2001

A former Lutheran pastor with a Ph.D. in religion from Duke University, Marvin Cain was Executive Director, Mid-Columbia Center for Theological Studies, a lay school of theology that he founded in 1993. He taught religion at California Lutheran and Arizona State universities. He was also a registered electrical engineer with experience in aerospace, electronic design, and in construction and operation of nuclear and hydroelectric power plants. After retirement, he devoted much of his time and energy to bridging the gap between science and religion.

Academic Credentials

  • B.S.E.E., Washington State University
  • B.D., Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary
  • Th.M., Union Theological Seminary in Virginia
  • Ph.D., Duke University

Special Study

  • Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem, Israel, participant in Gezer excavation, 1971.

Military Service

  • U.S. Marine Corps, 1947–51.

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer in Religion, Arizona State University, 1973–79.
  • Assistant Professor of Religion, California Lutheran University, 1968–72.

Pastoral Service

  • Pastor, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Sunnyside, WA 1982–91.
  • Pastor, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Phoenix, AZ, 1972–79.
  • Pastor, Salem Lutheran Church, Mt. Sidney, VA, 1960–64.

Engineering Experience

  • Grant County Public Utility District, Ephrata, WA, 1984–93.
  • Bechtel Power Corporation, Various locations, 1979–83.
  • Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC, 1957–59.
  • Aerojet General Corporation, Sacrament, CA, 1956–57.
  • Puget Sound Power and Light, Auburn, WA 1955–56.


  • Jesus the Man: An Introduction for People at Home in the Modern World, 1999
  • "Guide to the Good News" a 26 article series in The Lutheran, 1969–70.

Awards and Honors

  • Stamm Fellowship from Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary.
  • Graduate Scholar and Research Assistant to W. D. Davies, Duke University.
  • Voted "Outstanding Professor," California Lutheran University, 1972.