Ecclesial Theologian Fellowships


The pastoral calling too often isolates the pastor-theologian from the network of relationships so crucial to the theological task. Further, the demands and expectations of local church ministry seldom support the scholarly calling. In light of these hurdles, the Center organized our first ecclesial theologians fellowships to provide a select group of pastor-theologians with the motivation, network, and resources necessary for the scholarly task.

Today, these fellowships constitute the core of our programing and vision for the transformation and renewal of theology as a discipline for the church. Membership in one of these fellowships is reserved for the most qualified theologians serving the local church. The fellowships are designed for ministers with a PhD or another terminal degree in biblical or theological studies.

Ecclesial Theologian fellows are granted exclusive opportunities and access to our CPT events and network. We consider membership to be a privilege, and members in these fellowships are expected to participate with some regularity in programming, publications, and speaking events. Click here to view our fellowship prospectus for a full list of expectations and responsibilities.

New openings and opportunities for membership will be announced soon. Stay tuned to CPT communication channels.

Current Fellows

St. Anselm Fellowship

Dr. Scott Hafemann (Theological Mentor)
Reader in New Testament  St. Mary’s College
University of Saint Andrews

Dr. Charles Anderson
PhD, New Testament, Cambridge University
Lead Pastor, Redeemer, Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Bill Barker
PhD, Old Testament, Cambridge University
Senior Pastor at Life Point Church, Quincy, IL

Jonathan Cummings
MA Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Pastor of Local and Global Outreach, Calvary Memorial Church

Dr. Nicholas Ellis
DPhil, Theology, University of Oxford
Director, Academic Partnerships, The Emmanuel Foundation, Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Tim Fox
PhD, New Testament, University of St. Andrews
Senior Pastor, Christ the King Presbyterian, Austin, TX

Dr. Gerald Hiestand
PhD, Classics, University of Reading
Senior Pastor, Calvary Memorial Church, Oak Park, IL

Dr. T. Ryan Jackson
PhD, New Testament, Cambridge University
Senior Pastor at The Capital Church, Garner, NC

Dr. Trygve Johnson
PhD, Theology, University of St. Andrews
Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel at Hope College, Holland, MI

Dr. Joel Lawrence
PhD, Theology, Cambridge University
Senior Pastor, Central Baptist Church, St. Paul, MN

Dr. David Morlan
PhD, Theology and Religion
Durham University

Co-founder and Pastor of Fellowship Denver, Denver, CO

Dr. Gavin Ortlund
PhD, Historical Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Ojai, CA

Dr. David Rudolph
PhD New Testament, Cambridge University
Director of Messianic Jewish Studies at The King’s University in Southlake, TX

Dr. Jim Samra
PhD, New Testament, Oxford University
Senior Pastor at Calvary Church, Grand Rapids, MI

Dr. Preston Sprinkle
PhD, New Testament, Aberdeen University
Author and Speaker

Rev. Jay Thomas
ThM, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
Lead Pastor, Chapel Hill Bible Church, Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Joel Willitts
PhD, New Testament, Cambridge University
Professor & Chair of the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies, North Park University, Chicago, IL

Dr. Todd Wilson
PhD, New Testament, Cambridge University
President, The Center For Pastor Theologians

Dr. Stephen Witmer
PhD, New Testament, Cambridge University
Lead Pastor at Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Pepperell, MA

Dr. John Yates
PhD, New Testament, Cambridge University
Rector, Holy Trinity Church, Anglican, Raleigh, NC

St. John Fellowship

Dr. Douglas A. Sweeney
(Theological Mentor)
Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Dr. Dan Brendsel
PhD, New Testament and Biblical Theology, Wheaton College
Director of the Mission Training Academy and Adult Education, Grace Church of Dupage, Warrenville, IL

Dr. Chris Bruno
PhD, Biblical Theology (NT), Wheaton College
Assistant Professor of New Testament, Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis, MN

Dr. Josh Chatraw
PhD, Biblical Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Director of The Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement, Liberty University

Dr. Douglas Estes
PhD, New Testament, University of Nottingham
Director of the DMin Program, South University, Columbia, SC

Dr. Jason Hood
PhD, New Testament, Aberdeen University
Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

Dr. Jeff Hubing
PhD, New Testament and Early Christianity, Loyola University
Director, The Fire School of Ministry, Co-pastor, Cross Culture Church, Chicago, IL

Dr. Mickey Klink
PhD, New Testament, University of St. Andrews
Senior Pastor, Hope Evangelical Free Church, Roscoe, IL

Dr. Michael LeFebvre
PhD, Old Testament, Aberdeen University
Pastor at Christ Church, IN

Rev. Matthew Mason
PhD Candidate, Aberdeen University
Rector, Church of the Resurrection, Salisbury, England

Dr. Jason Nicholls
PhD, Religious Studies, Marquette
Pastor at Redeemer Missionary Church, South Bend, IN

Dr. Douglas Sean O’Donnell
PhD, University of Aberdeen
Senior Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Elgin, IL

Dr. Mark Rogers
PhD, Historical Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
CrossWay Community Church, Bristol, WI

Dr. Joey Sherrard
PhD, Theology, St. Andrews University
Associate Pastor of Discipleship, Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, Signal Mountain, TN

Dr. Gary Shultz
PhD, Systematic Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Fulton, MO

Dr. Jeremy Treat
PhD, Theology, Wheaton College
Pastor, Reality LA, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Gray Sutanto
PhD, Theology, University of Edinburgh
Teacher and Co-Founder of the Gathering, Jakarta; Elder at Covenant City Church, Jakarta

Dr. Matthew Ward
PhD, Baptist and Free Church Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Minister of Music, Education, and Technology at Retta Baptist Church, Burleson TX

St. Augustine Fellowship

Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer
(Theological Mentor)

Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Dr. Nathan Barczi
PhD Candidate, Theology, University of Nottingham
PhD in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Associate Pastor, Christ the King Presbyterian, Cambridge, MA

Dr. Nathan Chang
PhD, Church History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
English Pastor, Chinese Evangelical Church, Hillsboro, OR

Joey Cochran
PhD Candidate, Church History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Pastor of Middle School Discipleship and Communications, Calvary Memorial Church, Oak Park, IL

Dr. Daryl Ellis
PhD, Theology, Vanderbilt University
Associate Pastor For Spiritual Formation and Mission, Mission Viejo, CA

Dr. JT English
PhD, Systematic Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Institute Pastor, The Village Church, Flower Mound, TX

Dr. Chris Ganski
PhD, Systematic Theology, Marquette University
Pastor, City Reformed Church, Milwaukee, WI

Dr. Jady Koch
ThD, Systematic Theology, Humboldt University
Rector, St Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, Harrods Creek, KY

Dr. Kiem Le
PhD, Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Lead Pastor, Living Word Community Church, San Jose, CA

Dr. Jon English Lee
PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Pastor of Education and Administration, Morningview Baptist Church, Montgomery, AL

Dr. Jennifer McNutt
PhD, History, St. Andrews University
Parish Associate and Teaching Elder, First Presbyterian Church, Glen Ellyn, IL
Franklin S. Dyrness Associate Professor in Biblical and Theological Studies, Wheaton College

Dr. Laurie Norris
PhD, Biblical Theology, Wheaton College
Associate Professor of Pastoral Studies, Moody Bible Institute

Dr. Babatunde Oladimeji
PhD Candidate, Intercultural Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary
DMin in Leadership, Asbury Theological Seminary

Assisting Priest, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Frankfort, KY

Dr. Amy Peeler
PhD, Biblical Studies, Princeton Theological Seminary
Associate Rector, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Geneva, IL
Associate Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College

Dr. Neal Presa
PhD, Liturgical Studies , Drew University
Visiting Professor of Practical Theology, International Theological Seminary, West Covina, CA |
Visiting Professor and Scholar, Union Theological Seminary, Dasmariñas, Cavite, Philippines |
Associate Pastor, Village Community Presbyterian Church, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Dr. Eric C. Redmond
PhD, Capital Seminary and Graduate School
Assistant Professor of Bible, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Associate Pastor, Calvary Memorial Church, Oak Park, IL

Dr. Austin Shaw
PhD in Patristics, University of Oxford
Senior Pastor, Providence Church, Avon, OH

Dr. Rachel Stahle
PhD, Historical & Systematic Theology, Boston University
Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Towanda, PA

Dr. Ben White
PhD Candidate, New Testament, Durham University
Pastoral Tutor, St. John’s College, Durham University

ST. Peter Fellowship

Dr. Peter Leithart
(Theological Mentor)
President, The Theopolis Institute

Dr. Chris Castaldo
PhD, Historical Theology, London School of Theology
Pastor, New Covenant Church, Naperville, IL

Dr. Adam Copenhaver
PhD, New Testament, University of Aberdeen
Senior Pastor, Mabton Grace Brethren Church, Mabton, WA

J. Ryan Davidson
PhD Candidate, Patristic Pastoral Theology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Pastor, Grace Baptist Chapel, Hampton, VA

Benjamin Espinoza
MA Christian Education, Asbury Theological Seminary; PhD Candidate, Student, Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University

Dr. Ed Gerber
PhD, New Testament, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
Lead Pastor, Willoughby Christian Reformed Church, Langley, BC

Ernest Gray
PhD Candidate, Biblical Studies, McMaster Divinity College
Senior Pastor, Keystone Baptist Church, Chicago, IL

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Huggins
PhD, Theology, Stellenbosch University
College Chaplin and Adjunct Professor of Religion at Berry College, Mount Berry, GA

Dr. Robert Kinney
PhD, New Testament, University of Bristol
Director of Ministries, Charles Simeon Trust

Jarrod Longbons
PhD Candidate, University of Nottingham
Minister of Education and Discipleship, Peachtree Christian Church, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Matt O’Reilly
PhD, New Testament, University of Gloucestershire
Pastor, St. Mark United Methodist Church, Mobile, AL

Dr. Benjamin Petroelje
PhD, New Testament
University of Edinburgh
Pastor, 14th Street Christian Reformed Church, Holland MI

Dr. Josh Philpot
PhD, Old Testament, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Pastor of Worship and Administration, Founders Baptist Church, Spring, TX

Dr. Dillon Thornton
PhD, New Testament, University of Otago
Senior Pastor, Faith Community Church, Seminole, FL

Dr. Matthew Wilcoxen
PhD, Theology, Charles Sturt University
Associate Pastor, Church of the Resurrection, Washington, DC

Dr. Cory Wilson
PhD, Intercultural Studies, Reformed Theological Seminary
Pastor at City Church, Cleveland, OH


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