Dr. Gary David Stratton

Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
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B.A. in Christian Education (Wheaton College)
M.A.T.S. in Biblical Exposition (Talbot School of Theology)
Ph.D. in Spiritual Formation (Biola University)

Websites: GaryDavidStratton.com

Lectures: “Educated to the Knowledge of Christ: Jonathan Edwards and the Once and Future Great Age of Christian Higher Education” (Five Lectures), Dr. Garry Owens M.D. Memorial Academic Lectures, Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College, Cochrane, Alberta, 2019.

Books and Articles: Revival and Moral Philosophy,” The Encyclopedia of Christian Education

The First Great Awakening: From British Revival to American Revolution,” The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States

“Paparazzi in the Hands of an Angry God: Jonathan Edwards and the Birth of American Celebrity Culture”

Resources: “Emmy Magazine’s Interview with Kurt Schemper, Korey Scott Pollard, and Gary David Stratton

The Ride: Connecting to God in Hollywood, the Ivy League, and Beyond

Theology in Film” video course

The Volcano in Your Backyard: The Power of Not Knowing Your Own Story

Do America’s Colleges Need Revival?

Podcasts: Conspiracy and the One Eighty to Renewal


My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: The deep friendships I am able to make with our students.

When I’m not teaching, I love to: Take long walks with my wife, watch great films, drink great coffee, and foster great friendships.

In my classes, students can expect: To be challenged to see their world and themselves in profoundly new ways, but also to be listened to and believed in.

My best advice to a new student in my program is: Your college years are not preparation for your life, they are your life.

Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: “Two-handed Warriors”–men and women committed to both the life of the mind and the life of the Spirit; to both spiritual formation and social justice; to both global spiritual awakening and society-wide culture-making.

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: You don’t have to be deeply religious to be deeply spiritual, but you do have to become profoundly intentional.

A quote that influences how I live is: “You don’t think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way into a new kind of thinking.” – Henry Nouwen