Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry
Ministerial and Professional Background
John Drury’s teaching duties include the introductory course in theology required of all Seminary students, the theology portions of the M.Div. core praxis courses, and advanced electives in theology and ministry. His research focuses on the doctrine of Christ’s resurrection, movements in modern and contemporary theology, and the future of theological education.
“I count it a blessing to have been raised in a Christian home, where the foundation for my walk with Christ was established. My parents and local church were models of Christian faith and living, and I learned a lot about the Bible and was reasonably well behaved. However, I did not make a personal commitment to Jesus Christ until I was in Middle School, when, for the first time, I confessed Jesus as my Lord and Savior. This commitment was an important first step, but it was feeble step, since I soon got caught up in the common distractions and temptations of adolescence. As I look back, I am thankful that I had a family and a local congregation that supported and encouraged me through these times, and I can see the hand of God protecting me and setting a limit to my rebellion. As I began my college years, I recommitted my life to Christ and have been following after him ever since. In fact, my vocation to Christian Higher Education and the value I place on mentoring are intertwined with the very means God used to transform my life. A series of mentors, both students and professors, guided me into greater Christian maturity. Although I had lapses and failings during these years, I look back on my college years as a crucial time of development in Christian disciplines of worship, accountability, and daily devotion that remain the core of my Christian walk.
Towards the end of my college years I sensed a call to the ministry, and have since sought to bring my academic study of theology into the service of the church. And so I went to seminary and eventually began doctoral studies. During this time I entered a new phase of spiritual challenge and opportunity. I was no longer in the safe surroundings of a Christian college and its steady spiritual influence. Therefore, I had to distinguish between practices that would truly bring me closer to God and those that were merely habits or fads. Through this winnowing process, I discovered a deeper or more vibrant prayer life by combining the riches of the great Christian tradition in which I was steeped through my theological studies with the lively community of prayer at Spring Lake Wesleyan Church, where I did my seminary internship. Also, as I moved into roles of congregational leadership (especially as a solo pastor of a Wesleyan Church in Glassboro, NJ) I learned more about taking initiative in spiritual practices and community-building, even as I continued to rely on others as mentors and accountability partners.
In recent years God has lead me out of a time focused primarily on preparation and into a time focused primarily on service. So I am facing the new challenges of obedience to his calling in the midst of a new job and situation in life. I am grateful to be on the faculty of Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. Now is a time of opportunity to come along fellow ministers of Jesus Christ so that we can learn together how to more faithfully and effectively serve the world through the church.”
Before coming to Wesley Seminary at IWU, John developed his passion for teaching while serving as a teaching fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary and as an adjunct professor at both Somerset Christian College in Somerset, NJ and Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA. After serving in various pastoral roles at a variety of churches, John served for three years as a solo pastor at Olivet Wesleyan Church in Glassboro, NJ.
A. A. Hodge Prize in Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary
John is married to Amanda, who is a gifted preacher, pastor, and scholar in her own right. They have two young children, Sam and Clara. His hobbies include music (listening and playing), Frisbee (both ultimate and golf), and travel (both near and abroad). But his favorite pastime of all is sitting with friends, sipping coffee, and laughing really, really loud.
The Wesleyan Church, 2006, Indiana North
B.A., Religion & Philosophy, Biblical Literature, Indiana Wesleyan University, summa cum laude.
M.Div., Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, “The Resurrected God: Karl Barth’s Trinitarian Theology of Easter.”
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