Jamie Pitts

  • Assistant Professor of Anabaptist Studies
  • Co-Editor, Mission Focus


  • B.A., University of Texas, 2002
  • M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2006
  • Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2011


  • Principalities and Powers: Revising John Howard Yoder's Sociological Theology (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013).
  • “Review: Revolutionary Christianity: The 1966 South American Lectures by John Howard Yoder,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 88, no. 3 (August 2013): 425–26.
  • “Review: Justice in Love by Nicholas Wolterstorff,” Expository Times 124, no. 10 (July 2013): 519.
  • “Review: The Nonviolent Atonement, 2d edition, by J. Denny Weaver,” Expository Times 124, no. 6 (March 2013): 281.
  • Translation (from Spanish): Cristóbal Bonelli,


"As churches go about their mission of embodying and proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ, they need to be oriented by Scripture and the witness of the wider body of Christ, past and present. They also require the sustenance provided by prophetic visions of God's reign, and the critical perspective enabled by comparing those visions to the present. Theological study, therefore, is directed to the cultivation of the church's capacities to remember, to listen, to see, and to judge. As places where church leaders are cultivated, seminaries have a special theological task that is indispensable for mission."

Jamie Pitts is interested in articulating a constructive Anabaptist theology rooted in Scripture, church history, and congregational mission. In his first book, he took initial steps in this direction by revising John Howard Yoder’s theology of the principalities and powers in light of trinitarian theology and contemporary social science. His current research and teaching seek to develop this line of thought through engagement of global currents in Anabaptist theology and practice.