The Dallas Willard Center and Martin Institute

As part of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture, the Dallas Willard Center places an enduring emphasis on the intellectual legacy of Dallas Willard, including his focus on the possibility and path to authentic spiritual and moral transformation. We do this through:

  • On campus spiritual formation opportunities for Westmont College students, faculty and staff
  • Research and writing in Christian spiritual formation, both ours and others’
  • Resources and programs for those developing and implementing spiritual formation initiatives
Dallas Willard Speaking at Westmont Commencement

Our Goals

The broad goals of the Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Center include:

  • Developing and supporting a new generation of thought leaders who experience and articulate an interactive relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Supporting the establishment of the field of Christian spiritual formation as a discipline of public knowledge that is open to research and pedagogy of the highest order.

Who is Dallas Willard?

Dallas Albert Willard (1935-2012) was a professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles from 1965 to 2012. In addition to his work in Philosophy, he also lectured and published in religion. His publications in religion and spirituality include:

The Spirit of the Disciplines (1988), The Divine Conspiracy (1998), Hearing God (1999) which first appeared as In Search of Guidance (1984), Renovation of the Heart (2002), The Great Omission (2006), Knowing Christ Today (2009). His books have received several awards from Christianity Today—including The Divine Conspiracy earning the distinction of “Book of the Year” in 1999.

The teachings of Dallas Willard have inspired people from many walks of life to believe in the power of God to transform us into the image of Christ and enable us to live lives that embody what it means to live in the kingdom of God now.


We provide spiritual formation opportunities and ongoing programs for Westmont College students, faculty and staff. Along with our partners in the academic, campus pastor, and student life departments, we currently offer:


We support and engage in Christian spiritual formation research and writing.

As we grow, we will develop an online collection of scholarly and practical materials accessible to researchers and other visitors.

Our current initiatives include:


We support the development of new resources and programs for Christian spiritual formation. Supporting new resources includes the cultivation of a network of professionals working within the field of Christian spiritual formation, hosting and participating in conferences, and collaborating with other organizations that share our goals.

Our current offerings and partnerships include: