Jon Coutts, PhD, MA

Assistant Professor of Christian Theology
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  • PhD (University of Aberdeen)
  • MA (Briercrest Seminary)
  • BTh (honours) (Canadian Bible College)


Before becoming a theology professor, I was baptised, brought up, and ordained in the Christian & Missionary Alliance, where I served as preaching pastor in a few wonderfully small churches. Before Ambrose I taught ethics for future ministers at Trinity college in Bristol, England, which is where my wife and I nurtured our four sons in the ways of Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool FC. As a result of spending my life with one foot in the systematic-political and another in the pastoral-practical, I tend to teach in the intersections. I welcome invitations to write or speak on forgiveness and reconciliation; on church and vocation; on issues of gender, sexuality, disability, or race; on film and fiction; or on the works of Barth, Bonhoeffer, or Chesterton.

Recent Publications

Current Research

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “mandates” and the theology of vocation
  • Church and the politics of forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Church and the ethics of gender and sexuality, disability, and race
  • Babel, Pentecost, and the politics of diversity
  • Theological engagement with the films of the Coen brothers

Scholarly & Professional Activity

  • Supervising PhD projects on lament, parish, sexual ethics, and Cormac McCarthy
  • Active member of Society for the Study of Theology and American Academy of Religion
  • Ordained member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance
  • Recently served as an editor for Grove Books Pastoral Series

Recent Conference Presentations

  • “Annihilation and Arrival: Cinematic Re-imaginings of the Eschatological Transformation of the Body,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting (San Diego, Nov. 2020).
  • “Hail, Caesar! A Jesus Film for Cultured Disbelievers,” Society for the Study of Theology plenary address (Nottingham, April 2018).
  • “Which is my Neighbour? Bonhoeffer and the Tension of Mandates,” Theological Ethics seminar, Aberdeen University (April 2017).
  • “Words Made Flesh: Signing up for an ancient conversation”, Signs of God British Sign Language Summer School (Telford, UK, Aug. 2016).
  • “Practicing forgiveness and reconciliation”, with Steve Bell at the Educational Leadership Conference of the Christian Principals Association of BC (May 2014).