Justin Ariel Bailey

Professor / Theologian / Pastor

Assistant Professor of Theology
Dordt University


Justin Bailey is assistant professor of theology at Dordt University, where his work explores the intersection of Christian theology, culture, and ministry. He is on the editorial board and a regular contributor to the online journal In All Things, and travels to speak at churches regularly. His forthcoming book is entitled Reimagining Apologetics. Prior to arriving at Dordt, he served as a pastor in Caucasian, Korean, and Filipino congregations in Los Angeles and Chicago. He holds a PhD in Theology from Fuller Seminary, as well as a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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


Assistant 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