Dr. John B. 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" at Indiana University, on Team Cutters, which the film Breaking Away dramatizes.
Research Interests: Theological Ethics/Moral Theology, Theology, Theology of Culture, Christianity and Sport, Sport Ethics
Playing sports has always been a "school" of sorts for John with arete, agon and ludus 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 PhD is from The University of Edinburgh where he studied moral theology with Michael Northcott and his dissertation was on Christianity and Sports- Sport and Christian ethics: Towards a theological ethic for sport. He also completed an M.Div. and M.A. at T.E.D.S. where he studied with Kevin Vanhoozer. His publications have appeared in Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, Implicit Religion, Studies in Christian Ethics, Practical Theology, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Bible and Ethics, and he has forthcoming books with Ashgate Press (2015), Mercer Press (2015) and Catholic University Press of America (2017). He recently completed a grant and 18 month think tank on Christianity and sports which calls for candid dialogue and action on the part of Christian leaders in the culture of sports. He is regularly interviewed on this subject matter in prominent news media and periodicals such as CBS, Sports Illustrated, Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
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.