Teaching and Research Interests: Pastoral Ministry, Reformed Theology, C.S. Lewis, T.F. Torrance
Roger Newell came to George Fox University in 1997 after serving as a pastor for 15 years in various Reformed and Presbyterian churches (five in Portland; eight in Durham, England; two in Tulsa, Okla). His doctoral studies were in Aberdeen, Scotland, where he examined the theological epistemology of C.S. Lewis and T.F. Torrance under the supervision of James Torrance. Since coming to George Fox, he has taken five Juniors Abroad trips to Europe to study key moments in church history, ancient and modern, beginning with St. Paul in Rome and ending with Bonhoeffer in Berlin.
In part inspired by these visits to Europe, Roger is currently completing a book length study of church and state relations in Germany from the rise of Hitler in 1933 to the non-violent revolution that came from the church in 1989. His most recent book was a study of the hermeneutics of C S. Lewis: The Feeling Intellect: Reading the Bible with C. S. Lewis (Wipf and Stock, 2010). For anyone wishing to learn more about these works, you can watch three half-hour interviews Grace Communion International conducted with Roger. Roger is also the author of a pastoral theology of love, Passion’s Progress: The Meanings of Love (SPCK, 1994).
Two recent essays include “Instead of Timorous Exegesis: The Significance of Suffering for Christ and His Church” in Reconsidering the Relationship between Biblical and Systematic Theology in the New Testament. Essays by Theologians and New Testament Scholars, Ed. by Reynolds, Lugioyo and Vanhoozer (Mohr Siebeck) and "Apollinarianism in Worship Revisited: Torrance’s Contribution to the Renewal of Reformed Worship," The Princeton Theological Review, XIV No. 2, Fall 2008, Issue 39, 49-63.
When not reading theology books, Roger can sometimes be glimpsed riding his bicycle in and around Newberg, especially in nearby Champoeg State Park. Most Sunday mornings will find him worshiping at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and teaching adult education. Roger and his wife Sue are the grateful parents of two adult daughters.