Dr Justin Stratis, BMus, MDiv, ThM, PhD

Tutor in Christian Doctrine
Director of Postgraduate Research

A bit about me


I was born in the US and grew up in the state of New Jersey just south of New York City. My wife Melissa and I met while attending the same church and were married in 2001. In college I studied music composition and worked as a worship leader in a local church. It was in this latter context that I first realised that, far from being simply a set of ‘fences’ or boundary lines, the doctrines of the Christian faith ought actually to play a positive role in orienting the church toward wise speech and action in the power of the Spirit.

This discovery led to a period of study at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS), where I earned an MDiv and ThM in Systematic Theology while working in their Admissions Office as a recruiter and counsellor. After TEDS, my family and I headed to the University of Aberdeen where I completed a PhD in Christian Dogmatics under Prof. John Webster. In 2012 I arrived at Trinity College, where I am privileged to teach doctrine as well as direct our flourishing postgraduate research programme.

In my free time you’ll likely find me goofing around with my three kids, Jamie, Callie, and Malcolm, playing music in pubs around Bristol, and drinking single malt whisky while watching copious amounts of Netflix.

My research interests


My research interests revolve around the doctrine of God, as well as more specifically the writings of Karl Barth and Friedrich Schleiermacher. I am currently completing a monograph on the doctrine of the Trinity, as well as researching and preparing a second volume on the doctrine of creation.

I have supervised/am supervising research projects on the following topics: the relationship between music, theology and the moving image; the doctrine of Inspiration in Barth and Rahner; shame, the church and female sexuality; the vice of acedia in the Christian tradition; the doctrine of the Trinity in the thought of Richard of St. Victor; the biography and thought of John Ryland, Jr.; conversion in the thought of Augustine and Jean Luc Marion in dialogue with modern Protestantism; theological engagement with transgenderism and gender identity.

How to get in touch with me


Email me on j.stratis@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk

Some highlights of my work


2015  Theological Theology, coedited with R David Nelson and Darren Sarisky (London: T&T Clark).

2015  ‘Unconditional Love: Creatio Ex Nihilo and the Covenant of Grace,’ in Theological Theology (London: T&T Clark, forthcoming).

2015  ‘Friedrich Schleiermacher,’ in A. Johnson (ed.), The T&T Clark Companion to the Atonement (London: T&T Clark, forthcoming).

2012  ‘God’s Being Toward Fellowship: The Meaning of “God is Love” in Dialogue with the Theologies of Friedrich Schleiermacher and Karl Barth’ (PhD Thesis, University of Aberdeen).

2010  ‘Speculating about Divinity? God’s Immanent Life and Actualistic Ontology’, International Journal of Systematic Theology 12, pp. 20-32.

Latest blog posts

Meet our new Student Exec 2018-19

Meet this year’s Student Exec! These students will be working to advocate for, build, and continually improve both the student experience and community life at college. To learn more about each of their roles at college, just click here.

View our new prospectus

Many thanks to all the students and faculty members who helped in the creation of our new prospectus. We hope you will share it with those around you, particularly anyone considering theological education. For those who would like to receive print copies, please email m.stratis@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk.  

New book honours John Nolland

Last spring, Bloomsbury T&T Clark published a volume for its Library of New Testament Studies titled The Earliest Perceptions of Jesus in Context in honour of Trinity Tutor in New Testament Rev Prof John Nolland’s contribution to the field of New Testament studies. This collection of essays from top New Testament scholars was edited by […]

Why is peacemaking so hard?

During Lent this spring, our faculty preached through the Beatitudes, which also form the basis for Trinity’s Community Values. Below is an adapted version of Tutor in Pastoral and Ministerial Studies Rev Dr Helen Collins‘s sermon on ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God’. You can listen to the audio […]