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Jerry Root, Ph.D.

Professor of Evangelism, Director of Evangelism Initiative at Wheaton College

On Faculty since 1996

Jerry Root is a graduate of Whittier College and Talbot Graduate School of Theology at Biola University, both located in Southern California. He received his Ph.D. from the Open University. He has written C. S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme, and is the co-editor, with Wayne Martindale, of the best selling, and award-winning, The Quotable C. S. Lewis. He wrote, with Stan Guthrie, The Sacrament of Evangelism, and most recently published The Surprising Imagination of C. S. Lewis with Mark Neal. Jerry has made many written contributions to edited works about C. S. Lewis and has published numerous articles about Lewis, Evangelism and Discipleship, and Spiritual Formation. He is currently serving as the Director of the Institute for Strategic Evangelism at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, where he also teaches in the Christian Formation and Ministry Department and in the Evangelism and Leadership MA program. Jerry is also a visiting professor at Talbot Graduate School of Theology and Biola University. He and his wife, Claudia, have four grown children, all of whom are married, and thirteen grandchildren.

Open University
Ph.D., C.S. Lewis Studies, 2004

Talbot Graduate School of Theology
M.Div., Practical Theology, 1978

Whittier College
B.A., Physical Education, 1973

  • Evangelism
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Apologetics
  • Leadership Development
  • Theology
  • ETS (Evangelical Theological Society)
  • SPCE-NAPCE (Society of Professors of Christian Education-North American Professors of Christian Education)
  • Advisory Board for the Marion Wade Center, Wheaton College (1986-Present)
  • Fellow of the Hill Country Institute for Contemporary Christianity: Austin, Texas. (2006-Present)
  • Faith Advisory Council for the Human Society United States (HSUS). (2010-Present)

A Broken, Dying World: Why Spiritual Hunger Is Real and How We Can Begin to Meet People Where They Are
Christianity Today

Saint Augustine’s often quoted statement from his Confessions—“Thou hast made us for Thyself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee”—assumes much about what it is to be human. Let me share four thoughts.

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At Wheaton College

  • CORE 101 Freshman Experience
  • CE 111 Foundations of Ministry
  • CE 121 Introduction to Christianity
  • CE 211 Biblical Foundations
  • CE 231 Evangelism
  • CE 233 Discipleship
  • CE 434 Evangelism and Renewal
  • CE 457 Christian Proclamation
  • CE 459 Advanced Study: C. S. Lewis and Christianity
  • CE 459 Advanced Study: Pastoral Ministry
  • CE 459 Advanced Study: World Views
  • CE 459 Advanced Study: Frederick Buechner: The Apologetic of Story
  • CE 459 Advanced Study: Perennial Issues in Ministry
  • EVAN 516 Spiritual Formation and Witness [cross-listed as INTR 514]
  • EVAN 523 History and Theology of Revival
  • EVAN 531 Theology of Evangelism
  • EVAN 532 Apologetics
  • EVAN 542 Strategies for Contemporary Evangelism
  • EVAN 545 Evangelism in Contemporary Culture [Missions and Evangelism]
  • EVAN 546 Discipleship and Small Groups
  • EVAN 552 Sport Ministry
  • EVAN 694 C. S. Lewis: Apologist to the Head and the Heart
  • EVAN 695 Independent Study
  • EVAN 698 Thesis (Supervisor and Second Reader)


Courses Taught at Biola University and Talbot Graduate School of Theology, California

  • The Theology of C. S. Lewis [1990 to Present]

Courses Taught at College of DuPage, Illinois [1980 to 1990]

  • Philosophy: Introduction to Philosophy Philosophy: Introduction to Ethics Religious Studies: C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien

Courses Taught at Nashota House, Episcopal Seminary, Wisconsin

  • C. S. Lewis and Spiritual Formation

Courses Taught at Phoenix Seminary, Arizona

  •  C. S. Lewis: Apologist of the Head and Heart

Courses Taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

  • Foundations of Cultural Engagement

C. S. Lewis, Scripture and Spiritual Formation Christian Education Journal. Jerry Root. 2012 view more

Marvelous Crystals, Perilous Mirrors: Le Roman De La Rose and the Discontinuity of the Romance Subject Romanic Review. Jerry Root. 2011 view more

Mustrer and the Poetics of Marie de France Modern Philology. Jerry Root. 2010 view more