Beth Felker Jones, Ph.D.


Biblical and Theological Studies Department

Associate Professor of Theology
On Faculty since 2008

Office: BGC 563
Phone: (630)752-5429


Ph.D., Duke University, 2004

Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, 2002

M.T.S., Duke Divinity School, summa cum laude, 2000

B.A., DePauw University, summa cum laude, 1998

About Beth Felker Jones

John Calvin wrote that "All right knowledge of God is born of obedience." It is my privilege to serve at Wheaton College as a teacher of theology and to explore what may be known of God when the Spirit leads us to obey. The more I learn about the Christian faith, the more I am stunned by the beauty of what God has done and is doing through Jesus Christ. My goal as a teacher is to help students see that beauty in ways they may never have glimpsed before. That work of teaching is strengthened by researching and writing about the beauty of the gospel spread through time and space.

When not at the College, I can usually be found with my husband Brian, who is a United Methodist pastor, and our four children.

Courses Taught

  • Christian Thought
  • Gender and Theology
  • Eschatology
  • Theology of John Wesley
  • Systematic Theology
  • Christian Ethics
  • Marriage, Sex, and Family in the Christian Tradition
  • Christology
  • Gospel, Church, and Culture
  • Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
  • Human Trafficking: Political and Theological Perspectives

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Christian Theology Research Fellowship
  • John Wesley Fellowship
  • Wesleyan Theological Society


  • Theology and the Body
  • The Resurrection
  • Gender and Theology
  • Christology
  • Grace and Holiness
  • Conversion


Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically. Forthcoming with Brazos Press. Expected April, 2014.

“Think of what you were” in Called to Unite Knowledge and Vital Piety. Edited by Michael G. Cartwright and Merle D. Strege. University of Indianapolis Press, 2012, 197-202.

“Body,” in the Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics. Edited by Joel Green. Baker Press, 2011, 105-109.

“Writing theology for the church,” Catalyst, 38:3, March, 2012, 5-8.

Media columns for the Christian Century, recent contributions include, “Fake marriage, real kids,” review of The Americans, July 10, 2013, “Jane Austen in California,” review of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, May 29, 2013, “Power couple,” review of House of Cards, April 3, 2013, “Flood waters,” review of Beasts of the Southern Wild, February 21, 2013, “Longing for home,” review of The Hobbit, January 7, 2013.

Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga. Multnomah Books, 2009.

“A Wesleyan Theology of Grace and Mission,” in Exploring Christian Mission Beyond Christendom: United Methodist Perspectives. Edited by Michael G. Cartwright. University of Indianapolis Press, 2009.

Review of Glen Stassen’s Living the Sermon on the Mount: A Practical Hope for Grace and Deliverance, in The Journal of Family and Community Ministries 22:3, Fall 2008, 44.

The Marks of His Wounds: Resurrection Doctrine and Gender Politics. Oxford University Press, 2007.

Review of Sarah Coakley’s Powers and Submissions: On Spirituality, Philosophy, and Gender, in Pro Ecclesia 9:3, 372-374.

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