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


Matt Jenson is a systematic theologian specializing in the doctrine of sin and ecclesiology. In so doing, he is motivated by a desire to understand what it means to be human in terms of the relationships for which we were created and in which we live, move and have our being. He holds a B.A. in literature and philosophy from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), where he was part of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts. He is the author of The Gravity of Sin: Augustine, Luther and Barth on 'homo incurvatus in se' and, with David Wilhite, The Church: A Guide for the Perplexed. 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.


American Academy of Religion

Evangelical Theological Society


Biola University Award for Excellence in Mentoring Students (2013)

Publications (Selected)

  • “The Church Curved in on Itself: Sin, Holiness, Communion, and Mission,” inMarking the Church, ed. Gregory Scott Peters and Matt Jenson (Pickwick, forthcoming)
  • “Much Ado about Nothing: The Necessary Non-Sufficiency of Faith,” inLuther 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
  • “How The Word Dwells Among Us: Biola’s ‘Jesus Mural’ as a Case Study at the Intersection of Art, Ethnicity, and Theology,” in Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture 9:2 (2013): 38-39
  • “A Brief Theology of Images of Jesus,” in Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture 9:2 (2013): 56-64
  • “Evangelical and Ecumenical?,” Ecclesiology 7 (2011): 375-89
  • “Suffering the Promise of God,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 13:2 (2011): 134-153


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