John Wright, Ph.D.

Professor of Theology and Christian Scriptures

Dr. John Wright graduated summa cum laude in three years with a double major in psychology and philosophy/humanities from Mount Vernon Nazarene College in 1980. He immediately matriculated to Nazarene Theological Seminary, where he received his M.Div. summa cum laude in 1980, in an honors program with emphases on biblical studies and philosophical theology. He received a stipend to attend the University of Notre Dame in the Ph.D. program in Christianity and Judaism in antiquities, with a minor in theological hermeneutics. He received an M.A. in Theology in 1986 and his Ph.D. in Theology in 1989 with a dissertation on 1 Chronicles 23-27. His dissertation committee included Joseph Blenkinsopp, Gene Ulrich, Harry Attridge, and John J. Collins. Wright has served as the chair of the Literature and History of the Persian Period Group and the Chronicles/Ezra/Nehemiah Group in the Society of Biblical Literature. He has also pastored extensively in rural Northwest Indiana, at Hebron and Winamac Churches of the Nazarene, and was one of three founding pastors of the Church of the Nazarene in Mid-City, a multi-congregational church in the most diverse, poorest area in San Diego — where he continues as pastor of the English-speaking congregation. His concern is to give an account of the historic "faith once delivered to the saints," in a society that has moved toward an aggressive secularism, through truthful engagement with the best scholarship possible.


  • B.A. in Philosophy and Humanities and Psychology, Mount Vernon Nazarene College
  • M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • M.A. in Theology, University of Notre Dame
  • Ph.D. in Theology, University of Notre Dame

Courses Taught

  • Old Testament History and Religion – BIB 101
  • New Testament History and Religion – BIB 102
  • Christian Tradition – CHU 395

Experience in Field

  • History and Theory of Christian Higher Education in Liberal Democratic Societies
  • The Composition and Work of Scripture in the Church
  • Methodist and Church of the Nazarene History and Theology
  • Historical Christian Language about God and the World
  • The Life of the Church and Contemporary Political Theory
  • Second Temple Judaism in the Transitions from Persian to Hellenistic to Roman Eras
  • Assemblage Theory
  • Sociology of Emergent Adults and Long Term Church Participation
  • Radical Orthodoxy
  • Evolutionary Theory and the Human Being

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Church of the Nazarene in Mid-City San Diego, Senior Pastor
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Faculty Athletic Representative

Awards and Honors

  • Issachar Fund Grant to Extend Sabbatical, 2016-17
  • Nazarene Theological College, Wesley Fellow
  • Rhodes Consultation on the Future of Church-Related Colleges and Universities, Various Grants

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

See Curriculum Vitae