Invite Drew Strait

Drew Strait, PhD, is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at AMBS.

Featured speaker and consultant

Drew is passionate about studying and teaching about the world of the Early Church, seeking to connect the dots between early Christians’ radical discipleship and the ways today’s communities of Jesus’ followers can embody God’s just world now. 

Drew’s passion for the church’s potential to lift up the brokenhearted has led him to various ministry venues, including mission work with Haitian refugees in the Dominican Republic, an interim pastor role at Living Water Community Church in Chicago (Mennonite Church USA) and elder at Peace Fellowship in Washington, D.C. Previously he taught at St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received the Dunning Distinguished Faculty Lecturer for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship award in 2015-16. 

Drew holds a BA from Whitworth University, an MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, an AMRS from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and a PhD from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is the author of Hidden Criticism of the Angry Tyrant in Early Judaism and the Acts of the Apostles (Lexington/Fortress Press Academic, 2019) and associate editor of New Testament for Currents in Biblical Research.  

Possible topics:

  • Christian Nationalism and Political Idolatry
  • Reading the Bible as a Literature of Resistance
  • Peacemaking in Early Christianity
  • Mission
  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Second Temple Judaism
  • Matthew
  • Mark
  • Luke-Acts
  • Paul
  • Revelation
  • Imperial Rome and the Jesus Movement
  • Biblical Foundation of Peace and Justice
  • Anabaptist Approaches to Scripture