The Harold and Dottie Riley Assistant Professor of Practical Theology (2011)
and Director of the Sports Chaplaincy/Ministry Program
Dr. John B. White
White is a native of the Midwest and in particular, he is a Hoosier where he raced in the legendary cycling race, "The Little 500", on Team Cutters, which the film Breaking Away
narrates. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Theological Ethics (The University of Edinburgh) with a successful defense of his thesis: Sport and Christian Ethics: Towards a Theological Ethic for Sport
. His research interests include: Theological Ethics/Moral Theology, Theology of Culture and Film, Medical Ethics, and Sports Ethics.
Playing sports has always been a "school" of sorts for John with arete
interpenetrating his lived experience as an athlete. Because of such formative experiences, he sensed God's call to work for Athletes in Action (17 years) as a sport chaplain. His work included serving and ministering in churches, on various NCAA Division 1, 2 and 3 university campuses, at the Olympic Training Center and in Eastern and Western Europe.
His publications on this subject matter include co-editing and/or contributing chapters to The Image of God in the Human Body: Essays on Christianity and Sports
with Donald Deardorff (Edwin Mellen Press, 2008); "Winning-at-all-costs in Modern Sport: Reflections on Pride and Humility in the Writings of C.S. Lewis," (with Nick Watson) in Sport and Spirituality
. eds. J. Parry, S. Robinson, N.J. Watson & M. Nesti (Routledge, 2007); "John Paul II's Interpretation of 1 Corinthians 9:24-27: "A Paradigm for a Christian Ethic of Sport." Studies in Christian Ethics
. 25.1 (February 2012): 73-88; "The Enduring Problem of Dualism: Christianity and Sports." Implicit Religion. 14.3 (Aug 2012): forthcoming
; and recently, he and Bracy V. Hill were awarded a book contract in the Sport and Religion Series of Mercer University Press: God, Nimrod, and the World: Exploring Christian Perspectives on Sport Hunting
When not reflecting on theology, ethics or sport as academic disciplines, he relishes time with Cindy and their three children (ages 17, 15 and 13), camping, running, cycling, drinking coffee and reading. Dr. White and his family worship and serve at UBC, Waco.