Beth Felker Jones, Ph.D.

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


Columnist for the Christian Century, "on media."
Editor, with Jeff Barbeau. The Image of God in an Image Driven Age: Explorations in Theological Anthropology. Intervarsity Press, forthcoming spring 2016.
Faithful: A Theology of Sex. Ordinary theology series ed. Gene Green. Zondervan, 2015.
Editor, with Jeff Barbeau. Spirit of God: Christian Renewal in the Community of Faith. Intervarsity Press, 2015.
Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically. Baker, 2014.
God the Spirit: Introducing Pneumatology in Wesleyan and Ecumenical Perspective. Wesleyan Doctrine Series, ed. Randy Cooper, Andrew Kinsey, D. Brent Laytham, and D. Stephen Long. Cascade Press, 2014.
“‘The Spirit Helps us in our Weakness’: Review essay on Sarah Coakley’s God, Sexuality, and the Self: An Essay ‘On the Trinity,’” The Other Journal, June, 2014.
“What is Christian Hope?” in Theology Questions Everyone Asks: Christian Faith in Plain Language. Ed. by Gary Burge and David Lauber. Intervarsity Press, 2014, 184-196.
“Called first to Christ,” Christian History, 2014, issue 100, 8-12.
“Writing theology for the church,” Catalyst, 38:3, March, 2012, 5-8.
“A Wesleyan theology of grace and mission,” in Exploring Christian Mission Beyond Christendom: United Methodist Perspectives. Ed. Michael G. Cartwright. University of Indianapolis Press, 2010, 109-123.
The Marks of His Wounds: Gender Politics and Bodily Resurrection. Oxford University Press, 2007.

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