L. Gregory Jones

Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr., Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Christian Ministry


Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968


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 has served as Duke’s chief international strategist to advance and coordinate the university’s global engagement. Between 1997 and 2010, and then between 2018 and 2021, Dr. Jones served as the dean of the Divinity School.

The author or editor of seventeen books, he has also published more than 200 articles and essays.  His most recent book is Christian Social Innovation: Renewing Wesleyan Witness (Abingdon Press, May 2016). He coauthored the book Forgiving As We’ve Been Forgiven with Celestin Musekura and another book with Kevin R. Armstrong, Resurrecting Excellence: Shaping Faithful Christian Ministry.




  • 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

Selected Publications


  • 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.

Recent Courses

  • Christian Theology 764 - The Pastor's Vocation
  • Christian Theology 110 - Forgiveness in Christian Practice and Thought
  • Christian Theology 270 - Remembrance and Reconciliation