Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

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Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materEastern University
Duke Divinity School
GenreChristian devotional literature
SubjectNew Monasticism
Years active2005-present
SpouseLeah Wilson-Hartgrove

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a Christian writer and preacher who has graduated both from Eastern University and Duke Divinity School.[1] He associates himself with New Monasticism.[2] Immediately prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he and his wife, Leah, were members of a Christian peacemaking team that traveled to Iraq to communicate their message to Iraqis that not all American Christians were in favour of the coming Iraq War.[3] Wilson-Hartgrove wrote about this experience in his book To Baghdad and Beyond: How I Got Born Again in Babylon.[4] Also in 2003, he became one of the co-founders of Rutba House, a Christian intentional community in Durham, North Carolina's Walltown Neighborhood.[5] In 2006, he founded the School for Conversion, a popular education center committed to "making surprising friendships possible." Until her death in 2016, he taught workshops there alongside his mentor and freedom teacher, Ann Atwater.

In his 2008 book Free to Be Bound: Church Beyond the Color Line, Wilson-Hartgrove writes about racism and the central importance of racial reconciliation to Christianity.[6] He co-wrote the 2008 book Becoming the Answer to Our Prayer: Prayer for Ordinary Radicals with fellow New Monastic Shane Claiborne.[7] They also collaborated on the popular daily prayer guide Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals.[8]

Wilson-Hartgrove wrote two books that were published in 2012: The Awakening of Hope: Why We Practice a Common Faith and The Rule of St. Benedict: A Contemporary Paraphrase.[9] In 2013, he wrote a book about his experiences with hospitality called Strangers at My Door: A True Story of Finding Jesus in Unexpected Guests.[10] During Holy Week 2015, Wilson-Hartgrove was one of approximately 400 Christian theologians and leaders who signed a public statement arguing that capital punishment in the United States should cease.[11] He has worked closely with the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II in Moral Mondays and the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and is co-author of The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement. After the 2016 election, Wilson-Hartgrove began teaching about the legacy of slaveholder religion in American Christianity and published Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion.[12]


  1. ^ Forman (2009), p. 47.
  2. ^ Jacobs (2010), p. 144.
  3. ^ Flanagan & Lanzetta (2013), pp. 28-29.
  4. ^ Byassee (2013), p. 52.
  5. ^ Gorman (2015), p. 103.
  6. ^ Harvey (2014), p. 26.
  7. ^ Riess, Jana (September 1, 2008). "Two "New Monastics" Tackle Prayer". Publishers Weekly. 255 (3). p. 11.
  8. ^ "Short Takes". Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  9. ^ Buschart & Eilers (2015), p. 206.
  10. ^ Merritt, Jonathan (November 14, 2013). "Recovering the Discipline of Hospitality: An Interview with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove". Religion News Service. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  11. ^ Kaylor, Brian (May 21, 2015). "Former Baylor Law Prof: Jesus' Death Convicts Capital Punishment". The Baptist Standard. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  12. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. InterVarsity, $20 cloth (192p) ISBN 978-0-8308-4534-7". Retrieved 2018-12-04.