Justin Ariel Bailey

Professor / Theologian / Pastor

Associate Professor of Theology
Dordt University


Justin Ariel Bailey (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate professor of theology at Dordt University. He works at the intersection of theology, culture, and ministry, and his written work has appeared in publications such as Christian Scholars Review and the International Journal of Public Theology. He is the author of Reimagining Apologetics (IVP, 2020). He is an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church, and he has served as a pastor in Filipino-American, Korean-American, and Caucasian-American settings.

Curriculum Vitae


Fuller Theological Seminary

PhD in Theology, 2017
Concentration: Theology and Culture

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Master of Theology, 2013
Master of Divinity, Summa Cum Laude, 2007

Moody Bible Institute

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics, 2002


Associate Professor of Theology

Dordt University, 2017-Present

Adjunct Instructor of Theology

Fuller Theological Seminary, 2016


Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Book Reviews:

Other Publications:


  • “The Apologetics of Hope: Reimagining Apologetics in Secular Societies.” Neo-Calvinism and Europe: Fifth European Conference on Neo-Calvinism. Leuven, Belgium. August 29-31, 2018.
  • “The Shock of Revelatory Perception: Marilynne Robinson as Imaginative Apologist.” Culture Care Conference. Pasadena, California. February 8, 2017.
  • “Poetic Participation: Owen Barfield, Poetic Diction, and the Rediscovery Of Meaning.” Arts + The Inklings: 2016 Verge Conference at Trinity Western University. Langley, British Columbia. September 28-30, 2016.
  • “Revelation Lite? Reimagining General Revelation for Inter-religious Dialogue.” Another Religion? Neo-Calvinism and Islam: Fourth European Neo-Calvinism Conference. Kampen, The Netherlands. August 25-26, 2016.
  • “Can Non-Artists Be Imaginative, Too? George MacDonald, Imagination, and Virtue.” Brehm Center Colloquium. Pasadena: Fuller Seminary. May 20, 2015.
  • “Discerning the Body in Cyberspace: Jaron Lanier, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Contested Personhood.” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. San Diego, CA. November 22, 2014.
  • “What Role Does the Body Play Online?” Brehm Center Colloquium. Pasadena: Fuller Seminary. April 4, 2014.
  • “Gnadenstuhl: A Forgotten Resource for Substitutionary Atonement?” Creating Expressions of the Sacred: Seventh Annual Religions in Conversation Conference. Claremont Graduate University. February 21-22, 2014.
  • “Have Ye Then No Hope? Tolkien on Doom, Death and Despair.” Celebrating the Hobbit: Valparaiso Conference on Tolkien and His Works, Valparaiso, Indiana. March 1-3, 2013.

Recent Courses Taught

  • Kingdom, Identity, and Calling
  • Biblical Foundations
  • Biblical Study Methods
  • New Testament Letters
  • Teaching the Bible
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Gospel, Church, and Culture
  • Theology and Popular Culture
  • Leadership and Discipleship
  • Aesthetics: Beauty, Desire, and Imagination

Ministerial Experience

Assistant Pastor for Teaching and Discipleship

Grace Pasadena, 2013-2017

Community Coordinator

Madison Square Intentional Community, 2014-2016

Administrative Co-Director

Joshua Generation, 2008-2013

Youth Pastor/Pastor for English Speaking Ministries

Antioch Bible Church, 2006-2013

Youth Minister

Christ Our Savior Church, 2002-2005

Summer Missions Intern

Siberian Missions, 2000, 2002

Professional Membership

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Evangelical Theological Society