L. Gregory Jones

Senior Fellow for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School and Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry
108 D Gray

Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968

(919) 660-3537

B.A., M.P.A., University of Denver
M.Div., Ph.D., Duke University

Professor Jones is a theologian whose work centers on the nature of forgiveness, the significance of Christian ministry and pastoral leadership, and social innovation and entrepreneurship. He also provides strategic vision for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, and serves as senior strategist for the Fuqua-Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He has served as Duke’s chief international strategist to advance and coordinate the university’s global engagement. Between 1997 and 2010, Dr. Jones served as the eleventh dean of Duke Divinity School. He is known for teaching that fosters students’ imaginations to explore the implications of theology for everyday life, for research that promotes interdisciplinary conversation among scholars, and for commitment to traditioned innovation in institutional leadership. The author or editor of sixteen books, he has also published more than 200 articles and essays. His most recent book, coauthored with Celestin Musekura, is Forgiving As We’ve Been Forgiven. He has also coauthored a book with Kevin R. Armstrong, Resurrecting Excellence: Shaping Faithful Christian Ministry. An earlier book, Embodying Forgiveness, was named an Outstanding Book by both Christianity Today and The Academy of Parish Clergy. Dr. Jones co-edited, with Stephanie Paulsell, The Scope of Our Art: The Vocation of the Theological Teacher. He has also published Everyday Matters: Intersections of Life and Faith. Dr. Jones is an active contributor to both scholarly and popular publications; his reviews, opinion-editorials, and other articles have appeared in a variety of journals, magazines, and other media, including a regular column for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School’s Faith & Leadership web magazine. Dr. Jones and his wife, the Rev. Susan Pendleton Jones, have written Adult Bible Studies and two books in the Living the Good Life Together series for the United Methodist Publishing House. He is an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.




  • Forgiving as We’ve Been Forgiven with Celestin Musekura
  • Embodying Forgiveness: A Theological Analysis [Recipient, an Outstanding Book of 1995 Award, Christianity Today; an Outstanding Book of 1995 Award, the Academy of Parish Clergy]
  • Reading in Communion: Scripture and Ethics in Christian Life with Stephen Fowl
  • Transformed Judgment: Toward a Trinitarian Account of the Moral Life


  • "Beliefs, Desires, Practices, and the Ends of Theological Education" in Miroslav Volf and Dorothy C. Bass (eds) Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2001) 185-205.
  • “Embodying Scripture in the Community of Faith,” in Ellen F. Davis & Richard B. Hays (eds.), The Art of Reading Scripture (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2003) 143-159.
  • Christian Theology 764 - The Pastor's Vocation
  • Christian Theology 110 - Forgiveness in Christian Practice and Thought
  • Christian Theology 270 - Remembrance and Reconciliation




  • David Bornstein and Susan Davis, Social Entrepreneurship
  • Oscar Hijuelos, Mr. Ives’ Christmas (novel)
  • Richard Lischer, Open Secrets
  • Christine Pohl, Living into Community
  • Desmond Tutu, No Future Without Forgiveness
  • Rowan Williams, A Ray of Darkness