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Justin Ariel Bailey

Professor / Writer / Pastor

Associate Professor of Theology
Dordt University


Justin Ariel Bailey is associate professor and chair of the theology department at Dordt University. He works at the intersection of theology, culture, and ministry, and his written work has appeared in publications such as Christianity Today, Christian Scholars Review, and the International Journal of Public Theology. He is the author of Reimagining Apologetics (IVP, 2020) and Interpreting Your World (Baker, 2022). He is an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church, and he has served as a pastor in Filipino-American, Korean-American, and Anglo-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, 2021-Present

Assistant Professor of Theology

Dordt University, 2017-2021

Adjunct Instructor of Theology

Fuller Theological Seminary, 2016


Book Chapters:

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Other Publications:


  • “Sowing in Hope: Generative and Generational Education.” Society for Classical Learning Summer Conference. Dallas, TX. June 14-17, 2023. (plenary address)
  • “Being Safe and Being Brave.” Veritas School. Commencement Address. Richmond, VA. June 2, 2023.
  • “The World’s Deep Hunger.” Colson Center National Conference. Worldview Intensive. Indianapolis, IN. May 19, 2023.
  • “Christ and Culture.” Resolved Conference. Salt Lake City, UT. April 1, 2023.
  • “Interpreting Your World.” Jubilee Conference. Pittsburgh, PA. February 18, 2023.
  • “Training for Transcendence.” Hope College/Western Seminary Symposium. November 11, 2022.
  • “The Medicine of Humility for Pastor Theologians.” Center for Pastor Theologian’s – St. Anselm’s Cohort. October 3-5, 2022.
  • “Reimagining Apologetics.” Alliance Youth Conference. July 5-6, 2022.
  • “Beauty and Belief: The Apologetics of Culture Care.” Society for Classical Learning Summer Conference. Dallas, TX. June 15-18, 2022. (plenary address)
  • “Interpreting, Fast and Slow: Faith, Love, and Hope for Christian Education.” CACE Engage Conference. Washington, D.C. October 27-28, 2021. (plenary address)
  • “Vitality, Virality, and Vulnerability: Christianity and Culture as Ecosystems of Meaning.” Areopagus Forum at Iowa State University. Ames, IA. November 7, 2021.
  • “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
  • Leadership and Discipleship
  • Christian Ethics
  • Christianity and Popular Culture
  • Aesthetics: Beauty, Imagination, and the Arts

Ministerial Experience

Pulpit Supply/Interim Preacher

Classis Iakota, 2017-2022

Assistant Pastor for Teaching and Discipleship

Grace Pasadena, 2013-2017

Community Coordinator

Madison Square Intentional Community, 2014-2016

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

Other Appointments

  • Board Member, Center for Public Justice. 2022-present
  • Fellow, Center for Pastoral Theologians, St. Anselm’s Fellowship. 2021-present
  • “Restoring Human Nature,” TheoPsych Research Colloquium Grant, Blueprint 1543. 2020
  • Host, In All Things podcast: 2021-present.
  • Editorial Board, In All Things (online journal for the Andreas Center for Scholarship and Service) 2018-present. (
  • Core Program Committee, Dordt University. 2021-present
  • Research and Scholarship Council, Dordt University. 2018-2021.
  • Adjunct Instructor of Theology, Fuller Seminary. 2016-2017.
  • Research and Teaching Assistant/Lecturer, Fuller Theological Seminary. 2013-2017.