McMaster Divinity College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. James R. Payton Jr. as Professor of Patristics and Historical Theology. His appointment as an affiliate faculty member will begin on July 1st, teaching two new courses on Patristics this upcoming year.

Dr. Payton earned his PhD at the University of Waterloo and holds a ThM from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is Professor Emeritus of History at Redeemer University, where he taught Eastern European history and Church history for a number of years. Prior to that, he served eight years as a pastor. Jim has also taught at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), St. Stephen’s College (University of Alberta), Evangelical Theological Seminary (Osijek, Croatia), and Matthias Flacius Illyricus Faculty of Theology (Zagreb, Croatia). He has been extensively involved in ecumenical and interfaith activities in both Eastern Europe and North America and brings a wide range of academic specializations in history and historical theology, including the history of Eastern Europe, the intellectual history of Eastern Orthodoxy, the Reformation era, and a long-standing special interest in Patristics.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Payton to MDC. We encourage you to join his upcoming class this Fall, titled Patristic Foundations.

Read more about Dr. James R. Payton Jr. on his Faculty page.


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