Dr. Gary David Stratton

Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
B.A. in Christian Education (Wheaton College)
M.A.T.S. in Theological Studies (Talbot Seminary)
Ph.D. in Spiritual Formation (Talbot Seminary)

Websites: GaryDavidStratton.com

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?


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