John G. Stackhouse, Jr.

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John Gordon Stackhouse, Jr. (born 1960 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian scholar and writer. As a journalist he has been recognized with over a dozen awards by the Canadian Church Press, and his scholarship has been supported by research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Association of Theological Schools, the Canadian Embassy to the United States, and several other sponsors. He currently serves as the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College, in the position formerly held by J.I. Packer.

Early life[edit]

Stackhouse was born in Canada and raised in southwestern England and northern Ontario, the eldest of four children. His father, John G. Stackhouse, was a general surgeon trained at Queen's University and in Plymouth, Devon, U.K., who eventually earned fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons in Canada, the American College of Surgeons, and the International College of Surgeons.[citation needed] His mother, A. Yvonne (Annan) Stackhouse, was a schoolteacher and later university instructor, with degrees in English literature from Nipissing University and Hardin-Simmons University.[citation needed] She received an honorary doctorate from the latter institution for her work as a teacher, board member, and author of the university's centennial history.[citation needed]

John Jr. received his higher education in Canada and the United States: BA (First Class Honours, Queen’s University, Kingston) in history, MA (with Highest Honors, Wheaton College) in church history and theology (with a thesis supervised by Mark A. Noll), and PhD (University of Chicago) in the history and theology of Christianity (with a dissertation supervised by Martin E. Marty).


Stackhouse began teaching at the International Teams School of World Missions and then Wheaton College, both in suburban Chicago, during his doctoral studies. His first full-time position was as an assistant professor of European history at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa (1987–90), where he chaired the department in his latter two years and won the college's teaching award. From there, he went to teach Modern Christianity (history, sociology, philosophy, and theology) in the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada, rising to the rank of Professor in 1997 and receiving the university's top awards for research and for outreach to the community (via his newspaper column and other media appearances). One year later, he left for Regent College in Vancouver (1998–present).

Stackhouse is an advisory editor at Christianity Today and a contributing editor at Books & Culture magazines, and was a contributing editor also to "Christian History & Biography" e-magazine. He is a former columnist with Christian Week and the Winnipeg Free Press, and resumed his column with Faith Today in 2009. He served as senior advisor to the Centre for Research on Canadian Evangelicalism from its genesis in 2008 to 2010.

Stackhouse is the author of more than 600 articles, book chapters, and reviews in ethics, in theology, and in the history, sociology, and philosophy of religion. He has edited four books of academic theology, authored seven books, and co-authored or co-edited four more. He is listed in Canadian Who's Who, The Directory of American Scholars, and Contemporary Authors. He has given expert testimony to the Canadian Revenue Agency, the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, and the British Columbia Supreme Court. And he has lectured at dozens of colleges and universities, including Harvard's Kennedy School, Yale's Divinity School, Stanford's Law School, Fudan University (Shanghai), New College, Edinburgh, and Canadian universities from coast to coast.


  • John G. Stackhouse, Jr. (1993). Canadian Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century: An Introduction to Its Character. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-8020-0509-8. 
  • John G. Stackhouse, Jr. (1998). Can God Be Trusted: Faith and the Challenge of Evil. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-511727-1. OCLC 38079197. 
  • John G. Stackhouse, Jr. (2002). Humble Apologetics: Defending the Faith Today. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-513807-8. OCLC 50905126. 
  • John G. Stackhouse, Jr. (2002). Evangelical Landscapes: Facing Critical Issues of the Day. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic. ISBN 978-0-8010-2594-5. 
  • John G. Stackhouse, Jr. (2003). Church: An Insider's Look at How We Do It. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books. ISBN 978-0-8010-6407-4. OCLC 49805723. 
  • John G. Stackhouse, Jr (2005). Finally Feminist: A Pragmatic Christian Understanding of Gender. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic. ISBN 978-0-8010-3130-4. OCLC 60500033. 
  • John G. Stackhouse, Jr. (2008). Making the Best of It: Following Christ in the Real World. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-517358-1. OCLC 167503462. 


  • Bob Harvey, The Future of Religion: Interviews with Christians on the Brink (Novalis, 2001).
  • Canadian Who's Who (University of Toronto Press, 2008).

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