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Role at Ridley:
Postdoctoral Visiting Scholar
A fourth generation Californian, Jason is postdoctoral visiting scholar at Ridley for 2012-13. He earned a PhD in 2012 at the University of St Andrews investigating the role of the doctrine of the Trinity in Stanley Grenz's corpus, which will be published during 2013 as The Trinitarian Theology of Stanley J. Grenz (London/New York: T&T Clark).
He has published widely on the doctrine of the Trinity and contemporary evangelical theology, with articles appearing in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, American Theological Inquiry, Journal of Theological Interpretation, Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, Themelios, and Baptist Quarterly.
Dr Sexton maintains a deep interest in theology's intersection with cultural phenomena in California, which has helped birth a collaborative interdisciplinary project called the Theological Engagement with California's Culture (TECC) Project, based at Westmont College in California. The project’s first volume, being co-edited with Fred Sanders, is entitled Theology and California: Theological Refractions on California’s Culture (Ashgate).
While a postdoctoral visiting scholar at Ridley Hall, he is teaching theology in various courses and offering student supervisions in the Cambridge Theological Federation. He also works closely with Paul Weston in the early efforts of establishing a centre in mission theology in the heart of Cambridge, which aims to be a base for research and reflection on mission theology and the gospel's engagement with contemporary culture.
Personal backgroundJason grew up on the outskirts of the San Francisco Bay Area. He was raised Mormon and became a Christian while a ward of the court in a California State juvenile correctional facility.
Ordained with the Evangelical Free Church of America, with whom he served as a church planter in California, Jason has also been a youth pastor and an associate pastor of students and mission in Southern and Central California. He earned a PhD in 2012 at the University of St Andrews investigating the role of the doctrine of the Trinity in Stanley Grenz's work.
Jason is married to Heidi. They have four children, and they love walking to Grantchester on sunny days, and watching their youngest daughter Kara get better at walking.
Roles outside of Ridley
Jason serves as the Administrative Convener of a multi-year interdisciplinary project investigating California’s culture as subject matter: Theological Engagement with California’s Culture Project, based at Westmont College, California.
He also works with various Christian Union’s in the UK, and has been an active part of St Andrews Baptist Church and currently attends Eden Baptist Church. He maintains an active role in the Christian Doctrine group of the Tyndale Fellowship, and is also a frequent presenter at the UK’s Society for the Study of Theology, as well as for the US-based Evangelical Theological Society.
Since 2011 he has been Book Reviews Editor for ‘Mission and Culture’ section of Themelios, a widely read international journal for students of theological and religious studies.
- The Trinitarian Theology of Stanley J. Grenz (New York, NY/London: T&T Clark, 2013, in press)
- Theology and California: Theological Refractions on California’s Culture, co-edited with Fred Sanders (Surrey, UK; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, forthcoming, 2013)
- Evangelicals and the Trinity: Tracing the Return to the Center of Christian Theology (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, forthcoming, 2014)
- Revisioning, Renewing, and Rediscovering the Triune Center, co-edited with Derek Tidball and Brian Harris (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, forthcoming, 2014)
- Two Views on The Doctrine of the Trinity General (Zondervan Counterpoints Series), edited with contributions from Tom McCall, Paul Fiddes, Paul Molnar, and Stephen R. Holmes (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014)
Research interestsJason’s research occurs at the intellectual crossroads of theology and culture, focusing on the church’s confession in its ecclesial contexts and in its variegated shapes in society. In the next few years, he plans to continue research leading to a monograph on how the church’s self-understanding as ‘missional’ ought to guide its engagement in the public square.
Beyond this, as part of his contribution to the TECC Project, he intends to carry out research during the next five years on prison theology, with particular focus on providing a critical and constructive theological engagement with California’s Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Jason’s research, for which he has been offered a research associate role with USC’s Center of Religion and Civic Culture, has been supported by grants from Fieldstead and Co. and the Bolthouse family, and intends to make a large research bid with another major funding body for coordinated quantitative and qualitative research.
Beyond the forthcoming projects and research interests mentioned above, he is also interested in:
- Doctrines of the Trinity in various traditions
- Theological engagement with culture in historical and contemporary perspectives
- Missionary Theology, Contemporary Evangelical Theology, and Doctrines of Scripture
- Theological Interpretation of Scripture and Biblical Theology
- The future of theological education in in traditional and nontraditional settings, exploring areas of collaboration