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Honorary Research Fellow

Revd Dr Jonathan Wilson

BA (Nashville), M.C.S. (Vancouver), M.Div (Vancouver), Ph.D. (Durham, NC)

Dr Jonathan R. Wilson is Senior Consultant for Theological Integration with Canadian Baptist Ministries, Teaching Fellow at Regent College (Vancouver, Canada), and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Missional Leadership, St. Andrew’s Hall (University of British Columbia).

Prior to his academic life, Dr Wilson was employed in the music industry in Nashville, TN, serving for two years as a hospital chaplain, and six years as the pastor of a small church in British Columbia. During 28 years in the academy he has been a full professor at Westmont College and Acadia Divinity College, and was McDonald Professor of Theology at Carey Theological College on the campus of the University of British Columbia.

He is the author or editor of 15 books, including Living Faithfully in a Fragmented World: from After Virtue to a New Monasticism and God’s Good World; Reclaiming the Doctrine of Creation. He has published more than 75 articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed many chapters to edited volumes. He now enjoys teaching and learning in many countries outside North America.

Dr Wilson's research interests are themes of God’s justice, the doctrine of creation, war and peace in an age of terror, care for creation, biblical spirituality, biblical ethics, missional and theological ethics, gospel realism for mission, a doxological doctrine of God, and public witness of the people of God.

Memberships and Networks:

Steering Committee, North American Baptist Fellowship Scholars Connection; Convener, Theological Education Working Group, Canadian Baptist Ministries.


God’s Good World: Reclaiming the Doctrine of Creation (Baker Academic, 2013; Chinese translation in process).

Living Faithfully in a Fragmented World: From After Virtue to a New Monasticism (2nd edition, Wipf and Stock, 2009).

Why Church Matters: Worship, Ministry, and Mission in Practice (Brazos, 2006; Chinese translation, Logos Publishers, 2008).

A Primer for Christian Doctrine (Eerdmans, 2005; Chinese translation, Logos, 2011).

God So Loved the World: A Christology for Disciples (Baker, 2001).

Gospel Virtues: Practicing Faith, Hope, and Love in Uncertain Times (IVP, 1998).

Living Faithfully in a Fragmented World: Lessons for the Church from MacIntyre's “After Virtue” (Trinity Press International, 1997; Chinese translation, Logos Publishers, 2008).

Theology as Cultural Critique: The Achievement of Julian Hartt (Mercer University Press, 1996).

Books (editor)

Reflections on Grace, Thomas A. Langford. Edited and introduced by Philip A. Rolnick and Jonathan R. Wilson with a Foreword by William H. Willimon. Cascade Books, 2007.

Editor, The Julian Hartt Library (Wipf and Stock, eight volumes, 2005-2007, with Series Foreword by Jonathan R. Wilson)

I.  Toward a Theology of Evangelism, Volume Foreword by Stanley Hauerwas.

II. Being Known and Being Revealed, Volume Foreword by Walter J. Lowe.

III. The Lost Image of Man, Volume Foreword by John D. Sykes, Jr.

IV. Theology and the Church in the University, Volume Foreword by Stanley Hauerwas.

V. A Christian Critique of American Culture: An Essay in Practical Theology, Volume Foreword by David H. Kelsey.

VI. The Restless Quest, Volume Foreword by Jonathan R. Wilson.

VII. Theological Method and Imagination, Volume Foreword by Ray L. Hart.

VIII. What We Make of the World: Memoirs of Julian Hartt, Volume Foreword by Jonathan R. Wilson.

Grace Upon Grace: Essays in Honor of Thomas A. Langford, Robert K. Johnston. L. Gregory Jones, and Jonathan R. Wilson, eds. (Abingdon, 1999).


“Beloved Community as Missional Witness,” Christian Witness in Cascadian Soil: Coworkers with God in the Land of Hiking, Hipsters, and Hand-Crafted Lattes, Ross A. Lockhart, ed.; Foreword by Jason Byassee (Cascade 2021), 169-180.

“Reality?”, The Interface of Science, Theology, and Religion: Essays in Honor of Alister E. McGrath, Dennis Ngien, ed.; Foreword by Graham Tomlin (Pickwick Publications, 2019), 118-136.

“World Right-side Up: Acts and the Mission of God’s People,” Serving God’s Community: Studies in Honor of W. Ward Gasque, Susan S. Phillips and Soo-Inn Tan, eds. (Regent College Publishing, 2014), 337-359.

“The Aesthetics of the Kingdom: Apocalypsis, Eschatos, and Vision for Mission,” Revisioning, Renewing, Rediscovering the Triune Center: Essays in Honor of Stanley J. Grenz, Derek Tidball, Brian S. Harris, and Jason S. Sexton, eds. (Cascade, 2014), 157-174.

“The Biblical Realism of John Howard Yoder,” Perspectives in Religious Studies 40/2 (Summer 2013):109-121.

“Pride” and “Virtue(s),” in Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, Joel Green, gen. ed. (Baker Academic, 2011), 621-622, 811-814.

“Do Pietists Need a Doctrine of Creation? God’s World in the Baptist Tradition and Stanley J. Grenz,” The Pacific Journal of Baptist Research 6/1 (April 2010): 65-78.

“Discerning the Spirit in the Ferment of Evangelical Ecclesiologies,” in New Perspective in Believers Church Ecclesiology, Abe Dueck, Helmut Harder, & Karl Koop, eds., (CMU Press 2010): 259-271.

“Old Testament Narrative and Christian Ethics,” in David Baker and Ward Gasque, eds., The Bible in World Christian Perspective: Studies in Honor of Carl Edwin Armerding (Regent College Publishing, 2009), 165-174.

“How to Read (Books About) The Shack,” CRUX 45/4 (Winter 2009), 28-32.

“Canon and Theology: What is at Stake?” in Exploring the Origins of the Bible, Craig a. Evans and Emanuel Tov, eds. (Baker Academic, 2008), 241-253.

“Theology and the Kingdom,” in From Biblical Criticism to Biblical Faith, William H. Brackney and Craig A. Evans, eds. (Mercer University Press, 2007), 282-293.

“Stanley J. Grenz: Generous Faith and Faithful Engagement,” Modern Theology 23/1 (January 2007): 113-121.

“Can Narrative Christology Be Orthodox?” International Journal of Systematic Theology 8/4 (October 2006): 371-381.

“The Scrolls and Christian Theology,” in Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls, John J. Collins and Craig A. Evans, eds. (Baker Academic 2006), 121-128.

“Whose Purpose? Whose Drive? Thinking Teleologically About Purpose Drivenness,” Reformation and Revival Journal 14/2 (2005): 55-65.

“Practicing Church: Evangelical Ecclesiologies at the End of Modernity,” in Community of the Word, Mark Husbands and Daniel J Treier, eds., (IVP, 2005), 59-75.

“Introduction” in School(s) for Conversion: 12 Marks of the New Monasticism, The Rutba House, eds. (Cascade, 2005), 1-9.

“The Peace of Creation: Recovering a Theological Balance,” CRUX  XL/3 (October 2004): 1-7.

“Spiritual Formation, Biblical Wisdom, and the Virtues,” in Spiritual Formation: An Evangelical Perspective, Richard A. Averbeck, ed., (Eerdmans, forthcoming).

“The Role of the Natural Sciences in an Ecclesially Based University,” in Conflicting Allegiances, Michael Budde and John Wright, eds., (Brazos, 2004), 128-139.

“Simpletons, Fools, and Mockers,” Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics (Winter 2002), 24-30.

“Clarifying Vision, Empowering Witness,” in What Does It Mean to be Saved?, John G. Stackhouse, Jr., ed., (Baker, 2002), 185-194.

“Theology and the Old Testament,” in Guide to Old Testament Exegesis, Craig C. Broyles, ed. (Baker 2001), 245-264.

“Biblical Wisdom, Spiritual Formation, and the Virtues,” in The Way of Wisdom: Essays in Honor of Bruce K. Waltke, J.I. Packer and Sven K. Soderlund, eds. (Zondervan, 2000), 297-307.

“Grace Incarnate: Jesus Christ,” in Grace Upon Grace (Abingdon, 1999), 141-152.

“Contextualized Faith: Douglas John Hall's Theological Project,” Modern Theology 15/1 (January 1999): 85-92.

“Evangelicals and the Environment: A Theological Concern,” Christian Scholar's Review 28/2 (Winter 1998): 298-307.

“Toward a New Evangelical Paradigm of Biblical Authority,” in Dennis Okholm and Timothy Phillips, eds., The Nature of  Confession: Postliberals and Evangelicals in Conversation (InterVarsity Press, 1996), 151-161.

“The Pastor as Language Teacher,” CRUX 31/2 (June 1995): 15-22.

“From Theology of Culture to Theological Ethics: The Hartt-Hauerwas Connection,” Journal of Religious Ethics 23/1 (Spring 1995): 149-164.

“The Place of 'Professional Development' in the Mission of Christian Higher Education,” Faculty Dialogue 25 (1996).

“By the Logic of the Gospel: Proposal for a Theology of Culture,” Modern Theology 10/4 (October 1994): 401-414.

“Toward a Trinitarian Rule of Worship,” CRUX 29/2 (June 1993): 35-39.

“Revising Macintosh by Hartt: On the Possibilities of Empirical Theology,” Perspectives in Religious Studies 20/1 (Spring 1993): 43-55.

“The Gospel as Revelation in Julian N. Hartt,” The Journal of Religion 72/4 (October 1992): 549-559.

“Living Faithfully in a Fragmented World: Four Lessons for the Church from MacIntyre's After Virtue,” CRUX 26/4 (December 1990): 38-42.