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

Race and the Church

During a diversity plenary week, Trinity students thought more deeply about issues related to disability, race, and the church. Three Trinity students shared their own personal reflections regarding race and church with our community. Mary Hotchkiss is an ordinand completing a Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission. No person of colour is the same, nor […]

New principal announced

We are delighted to announce that the Revd Dr Sean Doherty will be the next principal of Trinity College. The announcement was made today to students at college, with the opportunity afterward to meet and chat with Sean and his wife, Gaby. Sean has served as Tutor in Ethics at St Mellitus College in London […]

Retreat Day, through the eyes of our students

On Wednesday, 30 January, our students participated (along with students and faculty from Bristol Baptist College) in a college retreat day. They chose from among eleven options for the day, which included a cycling pilgrimage, an off-site Quiet Day, a Franciscan walk through Leigh Woods, an artistic session on Bible journalling, a songwriters’ retreat, a […]

What I’m reading…

Book recommendations from our faculty. Below our Old Testament Tutor Rev Dr David Firth shares two books to enrich your preaching and teaching. One of the privileges of my role is that I get to see a range of books which might be of value to those in pastoral ministry. ‘Value’ here has two senses […]