John B. White, Ph.D.

Holder of the Harold and Dottie Riley Assistant Professor of Practical Theology;
Director of the Sports Chaplaincy/Ministry Program
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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, Constructive Theology, Theology of Culture, Christianity and Sport, Sport Ethics and Chaplaincy

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 Routledge Press (2016), Mercer Press (2017) and Catholic University Press of America (2018). He is the Principal Investigator and Faculty Director of the newly established Youth Spirituality and Sports Institute: Running the Race Well at Baylor University, which is funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc. 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. For more information about the intersection of Christianity and sports, see “The Declaration of Sport and Christian Life.”

When not reflecting on theology, ethics or sport as academic disciplines, he relishes time with Cindy and their three children (ages 21, 19 and 17), camping, running, cycling, drinking coffee and reading. Dr. White and his family worship and serve at UBC, Waco.

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