Professor Jason Byassee, a minister of the United Methodist Church (USA), holds the Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation at the Vancouver School of Theology. He also teaches historical theology with an eye to how the minds and lives of the saints can help renew the church’s life today. He also teachers about writing, discerning God in popular culture, technology, and theological conversation between Jews and Christians.
Jason Byassee studied at Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, and received his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. in Religion at Duke Divinity School and University.
Professor Byassee believes that all teachers teach for that moment when students’ eyes come alive, when the penny drops, and they see things they couldn’t see before. “Jesus calls his students ‘friends,’” he has written, “and ever thereafter the line between teacher and taught has been thin indeed. I’m fascinated by how creative pastors and other faith leaders have to be to grow something in this part of post-Christendom North America.”
Dr. Byassee believes that the church is going to have to take back more of its theological and catechetical training from the academy where we’ve about ruined it.