Christopher Wells, PhD

Job Title: 

Affiliate Professor of Theology



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 Great Books, which led to work in historical theology and systematics at Yale Divinity School. Wells completed his doctoral work at the University of Notre Dame, and wrote a dissertation on Thomas Aquinas: “Sacraments of the Incarnate Word: The Christological Form of the Summa theologiae.” His primary areas of research are the history of Christian doctrine, Thomas Aquinas, ecclesiology and ecumenism, sacramental/liturgical theology, and Anglicanism and Roman Catholicism. He has published articles on Aquinas and ecclesiology in several journals, and is completing a book-length study, Wounded Church: The Ecumenical Initiation of Catholic Ecclesiology.

Wells serves as executive director and editor of the Living Church Foundation, overseeing all of TLC's publishing and teaching initiatives, fundraising, and staff. Since 2011, he has served as theological consultant to the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation in the U.S. (ARC-USA).

He is a member of Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, and enjoys reading, running, gastronomy, Notre Dame football, and all the arts.





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