James Wilhoit, Ph.D.

Scripture Press Chair of Christian Formation & Ministry
On Faculty since 1981

Phone: (630)752-5166
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Education

Ph.D., Northwestern University (Religion)

M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

M.R.E., Covenant Theological Seminary

B.A., University of Washington (History)

About James Wilhoit

I was born in Seattle, Washington, in 1951. When I was four my family moved to Clatskanie, Oregon, a small town in Northwest Oregon. My father, who worked for the Federal Government, had been transferred to an Army base on the Columbia River. We lived in Clatskanie for nine years, and I came to love the woods and water of Oregon and have fond memories of hours spent exploring the woods near our home.

We later moved across the Columbia River to Longview, Washington. I graduated with a BA from the University of Washington with a degree in history, with an emphasis in ancient and medieval history. It was in my late high school and early college years that I grew in my faith. College was a time of spiritual and intellectual growth for me. I am grateful to the ministers from my home church, Longview Community Church, to the wonderful InterVarsity program and Christian students at the University of Washington and to one of my major professors for the nurture she provided. This professor was not a Christian, but she taught me to read texts well and held out the possibility that we could actually come to deeply understand ancient leaders and writers. Her faith in what a careful and contextually informed reading of a text could tell us spurred me on to read the Gospels with greater care. 

After some years of graduate study I began my teaching career at Wheaton College in 1981. I initially taught courses on teaching the Bible and the History and Philosophy of Christian Education. Over the years my teaching load has shifted more and more to the area of Christian Formation and Spirituality. I currently teach courses in this area in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. 

In my time away from school I enjoy doing things with my family, gardening and service in my church. My wife is a physician who works as a Medical Director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, and I have two wonderful teen-age daughters.

Courses Taught

  • CE 321 The Bible and Ministry
  • CE 323 Dynamics of Spiritual Growth
  • CE 471 Prayer
  • CE 494 Senior Seminar
  • CFM 620 Spirituality

Research

My current research and writing is divided between the areas of teaching the Bible and foundational concerns in community-based Christian Formation.

Papers Published and/or Presented

Major Publications:

  • Wilhoit, James, ed. (2002). Nelson's Personal Handbook of Prayer. Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson. Ryken, Leland, & James Wilhoit, and Tremper Longman, eds. 1998. Dictionary of Biblical Imagery. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press [Translated into five languages].
  • Gangel, Kenneth O. and James C. Wilhoit, eds. 1996. The Christian Educator's Handbook on Family Life Ministry. Grand Rapids: Baker. [Awarded EPA Gold Medalion]
  • Wilhoit, James C. and John Dettoni, eds. 1995. Nurture that is Christian. Grand Rapids: Baker.
  • Gangel, Kenneth O. and James C. Wilhoit, eds. 1994. Christian Educator's Handbook on Spiritual Formation. Grand Rapids: Baker.
  • Gangel, Kenneth O. and James C. Wilhoit, eds. 1993. The Christian Educator's Handbook on Adult Education. Grand Rapids: Baker. [Translated into Chinese]
  • Wilhoit, James C. and Leland Ryken. 1988. Effective Bible Teaching. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. [Translated into Korean].
  • Wilhoit, James C. 1986. Christian Education and the Search for Meaning. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. [Translated into Korean].

Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

  • McMinn, Mark and James C. Wilhoit. 1996. "Becoming Spiritually Sensitive." Christian Counseling Today. 4 (1): 21-25.
  • Wilhoit, James C. 1993. "Interpreting the history of religious education in the Twentieth Century: Responses to Brian Tippen." Religious Education 88 (4): 614-617.
  • Wilhoit, James C. 1991. "Developing a Philosophy." In Christian Education: Foundations for the Future, ed. Robert E. Clark, Lin Johnson, and Allyn K. Sloat:57-69. Chicago: Moody Press.
  • Ryken, Leland and James C. Wilhoit. 1991. "The Church's Unfinished Task, Part 2: A Response to Jackie L. Smallbones." Christian Education Journal 12 (1): 97-106.
  • Wilhoit, James C. 1987. "The Illusion of Change in Curriculum." Christian Education Journal 8 (1): 25-29.
  • Wilhoit, James C. 1987. "The Bible Goes to Sunday School: An Historical Response to Pluralism." Religious Education 82 (Summer): 390-404.
  • Wilhoit, James C. 1984. "The Impact of the Social Sciences on Religious Education." Religious Education 79 (Summer): 367-375.
  • Ryken, Leland and James C. Wilhoit. 1990. "Teaching the Bible: The Church's Unfinished Task." Christian Education Journal 10 (2): 39-45.
  • Wilhoit, James C. 1982. "Memory: An Area of Difference between Piaget and Goldman". Journal of Christian Education (US) 2 (2): 11-14.

Ministry Publications:

  • Veerman, David R., James C. Galvin, James C. Wilhoit, Daryl J. Lucas, and Richard Osborne. 1992. 101 Questions Children Ask About God. Wheaton, Il.: Tyndale House Publishers.
  • Veerman, David R., James C. Galvin, James C. Wilhoit, Daryl J. Lucas, and Richard Osborne. 1994. 102 Questions Children Ask About the Bible. Wheaton, Il.: Tyndale House Publishers.
  • Veerman, David R., James C. Galvin, James C. Wilhoit, Daryl J. Lucas, and Richard Osborne. 1995. 103 Questions Children Ask About Right and Wrong. Wheaton, Il.: Tyndale House Publishers.
  • Veerman, David R., James C. Galvin, James C. Wilhoit, Daryl J. Lucas, and Richard Osborne. 1996. 104 Questions Children Ask About Heaven & Angels. Wheaton, Il.: Tyndale House Publishers.
  • Veerman, David R., James C. Galvin, James C. Wilhoit, Daryl J. Lucas, and Richard Osborne. 1997. 105 Questions Children Ask About Money Matters. Wheaton, Il.: Tyndale House Publishers.
  • Bruce B. Barton, J. Michael Kendrick, James Wilhoit, Daryl J. Lucas , James Galvin. 1997. Bible Animals. Wheaton, Il.: Tyndale House Publishers.
  • Veerman, David R., James C. Galvin, James C. Wilhoit, Daryl J. Lucas, and Richard Osborne. 1999. 107 Questions Children Ask About Prayer. Wheaton, Il.: Tyndale House Publishers.