INSTRUCTORS AT THE INSTITUTE FOR RELIGION, PEACE AND JUSTICE
ANDREW P. KLAGER, PhD
PROFESSOR OF RELIGION AND PEACE STUDIES
DIRECTOR – INSTITUTE for RELIGION, PEACE AND JUSTICE
ST. STEPHEN'S UNIVERSITY
BRAD JERSAK, PhD
DEAN OF THEOLOGY & CULTURE | PROFESSOR OF RELIGION
CORE FACULTY – INSTITUTE for RELIGION, PEACE AND JUSTICE
ST. STEPHEN'S UNIVERSITY
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, CSRS, University of Victoria (2014)
PhD, Religious Studies and History, University of Glasgow (2011)
MA, Christian Studies (Patristics), McMaster Divinity College (2006)
BA, Biblical Studies, Columbia Bible College (2003)
Dr. Andrew Klager holds a PhD in Religious Studies and History from the University of Glasgow focusing on Anabaptist-Mennonite history and theology including the 16th-century Anabaptist peace tradition(s) and has completed continuing studies in Interfaith Conflict Resolution and Conflict Analysis from the United States Institute of Peace.
Andrew has been a Research Associate at the Humanitas Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre at Trinity Western University and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. He has also given a number of public lectures and made presentations at conferences, symposiums, and interfaith dialogues across North America and is widely published in a variety of research fields ranging from peace and conflict studies, Anabaptist-Mennonite studies, interreligious peacebuilding especially in Egypt and the Middle East, peace theology, history of Christianity, 16th-century Reformation and Humanism, the Church fathers (especially St. Gregory of Nyssa), and Eastern Orthodox theology and asceticism. Andrew has also written for Sojourners Magazine and Egypt Independent (Al-Masry Al-Youm) and currently writes for the Huffington Post and Clarion Journal of Spirituality and Justice, of which he's also a co-editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief of St. Macrina Press, contributing editor of Solomon's Porch (In Communion), and is on the Advisory Council of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship.
Andrew also published the edited book, From Suffering to Solidarity: The Historical Seeds of Mennonite Interreligious, Interethnic, and International Peacebuilding (Pickwick, 2015) and is authoring new books on nonviolent atonement in the thought of St. Irenaeus of Lyons; on the apophasis of St. Gregory of Nyssa and loving our enemies; and on desire, freedom, and becoming human in relation to the inner transformation of a peacemaker.
Andrew's responsibilities at the Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice include teaching courses; arranging the student practicum placements overseas; organizing events including speakers, conferences, panel discussions, and peace theology cafés; speaking and training on the inner transformation of a peacemaker; coordinating research fellows; maintaining and adding content to the blog and podcasts; carrying out research and publishing on the inner transformation of a peacemaker, peace theology, and interreligious peacebuilding; giving public lectures at conferences and other events; co-editing the Clarion Journal of Religion, Peace and Justice; editing the Journal of Peace Theology; and editing the books that appear in the IRPJ book series.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Nottingham (2014)
PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, Bangor University, Wales (2013)
M.Div., Biblical Studies, Trinity Western University/ACTS (1995)
MA, Biblical Studies, Briercrest Seminary (1988)
BRE, Biblical Studies, Briercrest Bible College (1986)
Rev. Dr. Brad Jersak (Reader Irenaeus) holds a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies from Bangor University (Wales) and is an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, Canada. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at the Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice, he has taught New Testament and Patristics as a core faculty member at Westminster Theological Centre in the UK and is currently on faculty at St. Stephen's University in New Brunswick as the Dean of Theology & Culture. After serving as pastor and church-planter for twenty years, he now travels for Fresh Wind Christian Fellowship and serves as reader at All-Saints Orthodox Monastery (Dewdney, BC).
Brad’s focus today is on writing accessible theology, facilitating 'listening prayer' seminars, and teaching college courses. His research, teaching, and writing emphases include the gospels, cruciform theology, contemplative spirituality applied to prophetic justice, and a theology of hope (Her Gates Will Never Be Shut). He is the author or co-author of thirteen books on atonement theology, eschatology, cruciform theology, Simone Weil, and George Grant and is currently the senior editor of CWR Press and St. Macrina Press. His most recent books are A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel, A More Christlike Way: A More Beautiful Faith, and IN: Incarnation & Inclusion, Abba & Lamb.
Brad lends his expertise to the Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice by teaching two courses: Peace & Violence in the New Testament and Peace & Violence in the Old Testament, as well as and co-editing Clarion Journal of Spirituality and Justice. Brad is also the Dean of Theology & Culture at St. Stephen's University and facilitates the M.A. and M.Min in Theology & Culture (online Peace Track) into which IRPJ's online Certificate courses can be transferred.