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

Finding Jesus in a hot meal

Bristol’s Wild Goose Café, a Crisis Centre Ministries project led by Trinity student Jonnie Angel, provides unconditional acceptance and practical services to those who’ve become marginalised. Its ministry is also having an impact on Trinity ordinands. At the beginning of 2011, Jonnie Angel was an operations director for a property management solutions corporation with an […]

Meet our leavers: Craig Gaudion

This summer, we’ve sent out 52 ordinands, independent students, and research students, and we look forward to the ways in which God will use their preparation here for his purposes. Below is one of our leavers’ stories. For five years, Craig and Gemma Gaudion were leading a Salvation Army church in Liverpool as lay ministers. […]

Meet our leavers: Laura Faturoti

This summer, we’ve sent out 52 ordinands, independent students, and research students, and we look forward to the ways in which God will use their preparation here for his purposes. Below is one of our leavers’ stories. Laura Faturoti had spent fifteen years working in Chatham, the second most deprived area of Kent, as a […]

New class on Bonhoeffer

During the spring 2018 term, students were offered the opportunity to take a new 10-week class focused on the life and writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.   The class, which was taught jointly by Tutor in Theology and Ethics Rev Dr Jon Coutts and Tutor in Christian Doctrine Dr Justin Stratis, worked chronologically through Bonhoeffer’s writings, […]