• Ph.D., University of St. Andrews
  • B.A., Wheaton College


Matt Jenson is a systematic theologian specializing in theological anthropology and ecclesiology. He holds a B.A. in literature and philosophy from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. in theology from the University of St. Andrews, where he was part of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts. Jenson is a happy and grateful part of Fountain of Life Covenant Church in Long Beach and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church.


Biola University Award for Excellence in Mentoring Students (2013)



Theology in the Democracy of the Dead: A Dialogue with the Living Tradition (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2019)

(edited with Greg Peters) Distinguishing the Church: Explorations in Word, Sacrament, and Discipline (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2019)

(edited with Greg Peters) Marking the Church: Essays in Ecclesiology (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2016)

(with David Wilhite) The Church: A Guide for the Perplexed (New York: T&T Clark, 2010)

The Gravity of Sin: Augustine, Luther and Barth on ‘homo incurvatus in se’ (New York: T&T Clark, 2007)

Select Articles and Book Chapters

“Barth’s Doctrine of Sin,” in Wiley Blackwell Companion to Karl Barth, ed. George Hunsinger and Keith L. Johnson (Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2020), 197–206

“The Church Curved in on Itself: Sin, Holiness, Communion, and Mission,” in Marking the Church, ed. Greg Peters and Matt Jenson (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2016), 76–91

“Much Ado about Nothing: The Necessary Non-Sufficiency of Faith,” in Luther Refracted: The Reformer’s Ecumenical Legacy, ed. Piotr J. Małysz and Derek R. Nelson (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015), 141–68

“‘Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom’: Barth on Ecclesial Agency,” Pro Ecclesia 24:4 (2015): 517–37

“A Brief Theology of Images of Jesus,” Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture 9:2 (2013): 56–64

“Evangelical and Ecumenical?,” Ecclesiology 8 (2012): 81–96

“Suffering the Promise of God: Engaging Oswald Bayer,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 13:2 (2011): 134–53

“Real Presence: Contemporaneity in Bonhoeffer’s Christology,” Scottish Journal of Theology 58:2 (2005): 143-160


Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Church
  • Doctrine
  • Faith
  • Salvation
  • Sin
  • Theology
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