Christopher Wells, PhD

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Affiliate Professor of Theology

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(414) 292-1240



PhD, University of Notre Dame; MAR, Yale Divinity School; BA, St. Olaf College


Dr. Christopher Wells grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the environs of Calvin College, supplemented by frequent side trips to the United Kingdom, which fed Anglophilia in the family and an ecumenical disposition. During college, Wells backed his way into theology via politics and ethics with a liberal dose of Great Books, which led to ecclesiology and a return to the Episcopal Church of his father’s background. At Yale Divinity School he settled on patristic and medieval theology as a disciplinary home, while continuing to study the history of modern thought and researching ecumenism. At the University of Notre Dame, Wells pursued doctoral studies in historical theology and served as a lay leader in the Diocese of Northern Indiana, both of which conspired to lead him to the Living Church Foundation in 2009.

Wells has taught theology at the University of Notre Dame and at College of the Transfiguration in South Africa, and is delighted to join Nashotah’s ranks as Affiliate Professor of Theology. His primary areas of research are the history of Christian doctrine, Thomas Aquinas, ecclesiology and ecumenism, sacramental/liturgical theology, and Anglicanism and Roman Catholicism. His dissertation, “Sacraments of the Incarnate Word: The Christological Form of the Summa theologiae,” attempted an historical and systematic organization of Thomas Aquinas’s teaching about the Word of God. He has published articles on Aquinas and ecumenism in the Anglican Theological ReviewEcclesiologyThe Journal of Anglican Studies, and Pro Ecclesia.

When Wells is not editing The Living Church magazine, he enjoys writing a regular column, overseeing the staff, budget, fundraising, and marketing of the Living Church, and articulating its evolving mission and program in collaboration with elected leadership. His work frequently takes him on the road, which affords an interesting perspective on the wider Church, and permits various sorts of ecclesial and ecumenical service. In 2014 he completed a round as theological consultant to the Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue in the U.S. (ARC-USA), and he serves on the board of the American Friends of the Anglican Centre in Rome.

Dr. Wells is unmarried and grateful for a wide network of friends who are “family,” alongside his natural father, mother, and brother (see Mark 3:34). He is a member of the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Milwaukee, and enjoys reading, running, gastronomy, Notre Dame football, and all the arts.





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