Jamie Gates

Jamie Gates, Ph.D.
(619) 849-2659

Jamie Gates is professor of cultural anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at PLNU and serves as the director of the university’s Center for Justice and Reconciliation. 

Having been raised in and studied apartheid South Africa, Jamie continues to work with justice and reconciliation as core theological and social concerns. He is currently chair of the board of directors for the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice; executive board member for the Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice – California; and task force member for the Church of the Nazarene’s Global Social Justice Initiative. He leads cross-border workshops for pastors and laity and is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene.  

On alternating summers, Gates leads students to South Africa and in completing an 8-week “Urban Term” in San Diego’s Mid-City. He leads a monthly speaker series called Brewed Awakening, which brings justice-oriented speakers to campus.

Among his publications is the book Living Justice: Revolutionary Compassion in a Broken World (2007), which introduces Christian young adults to ways of being engaged with passion and wisdom for justice in the world.

Gates has been at PLNU since 2001. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and religion from Eastern Nazarene College, a Master of Divinity degree with emphases in religion, philosophy, and multiculturalism from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Florida.

Center for Justice & Reconciliation

The CJR exists to study poverty and oppression and teach Christan means of engagement.