John Lewis oversees many of the seminary’s non-degree programs. His duties include (1) directing the Iona Collaborative, an expanding program for local training and formation of clergy in their diocesan settings; (2) planning, presenting, and assessing continuing education; (3) establishing lay formation materials for use in the wider church; (4) increasing the seminary’s role in providing opportunities for vocational discernment for lay and ordained ministries; (5) teaching New Testament courses for dioceses in the Iona Collaborative; and (6) teaching Spirituality in the Workplace and Theological Reflection in the seminary’s Center curriculum.
John joined the seminary faculty and staff in 2016 after serving as an adjunct instructor since 2003. From 2003-14 he also served as a part-time faculty member in the Department of Religion at Trinity University (San Antonio), where he taught various courses in New Testament.
John is the author of Looking for Life: The Role of ‘Theo-Ethical” Reasoning in Paul’s Religion (Continuum 2005). John’s biblical scholarship and practical ministry emphasize Christian community-building through faithful practices of discipleship, ministry, and community reflection on daily life in light of the Scriptures.
John also serves as Co-Director of St. Benedict’s Workshop, a non-profit ministry for Christian formation he founded in 2001 with St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, San Antonio, where he continues to teach, preach, and worship. John is a contributing member of several seminars on vocation and discernment sponsored by the Collegeville Institute and funded by the Lilly Foundation. He also serves his home Diocese of West Texas as Missioner for Adult Formation and Dean of Examining Chaplains.
B.A., Houston Baptist University
Juris Doctor, University of Houston Law Center (magna cum laude)
M.Div., Virginia Theological Seminary (with honors)
D.Phil., University of Oxford (Theology – New Testament)