Mockler Center Appoints First Visiting Fellow

The Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Public Square at Gordon-Conwell has named Dr. Peter Heslam, FRSA, as its first Visiting Fellow.

In an academic career that spans over twenty years, Dr. Peter Heslam (D.Phil., Oxford) has held several teaching and research positions at both Oxford University and the University of Cambridge. As Director of Transforming Business (Cambridge), and as Co-founding Director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative (Oxford), he has done groundbreaking research into the interface of business, faith, and development. Prior to his current work, Dr. Heslam ran the Capitalism Project for the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, and remains a Fellow of the European SPES Institute (Belgium); a Fellow of the Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology (Cambridge); and a Research Associate of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide.

Currently serving as Executive Director of Faith in Business, a global network of Christian academics and business leaders, Dr. Heslam brings to the Seminary a wealth of both practical and scholarly experience in the Faith, Work, and Economics sector; including the publication of a highly acclaimed new book on the business and economic thinking of Dutch polymath Abraham Kuyper.

“We are absolutely delighted to have Dr. Heslam join the Mockler Center team,” said Mockler Center Director and Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology and Business Ethics, Dr. Kenneth Barnes. “Having lectured to our Doctor of Ministry students in the past, and been a keynote speaker at several Mockler Center events, Dr. Heslam is no stranger to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His research and writing interests are totally aligned with our long-standing traditions of biblical integrity and academic rigor. As a Visiting Fellow, we look forward to both his virtual participation in the work of the Center, and his on-campus residency sometime next year.”

In response to his appointment, Dr. Heslam stated: “America has long been a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, and in thinking about how faith engages with contemporary culture. One sign of this is the lively interest in Abraham Kuyper, often referred to as ‘the theologian of common grace.’ Gordon-Conwell has played a crucial role in shaping the reformational tradition Kuyper represented. Its Mockler Center helps carry this forward as it applies the kind of Christian worldview Kuyper advocated to the public sphere. I am therefore delighted with this appointment and look forward to my next visit to the seminary’s beautiful campuses.”

This appointment follows the recent addition of Dr. Sara Minard as Associate Director of the Mockler Center and Dr. Jeffery Hanson (Harvard Flourishing Program) as Senior Research Fellow. The Center expects to appoint additional Visiting Fellows over the coming months as it continues its work at the intersection of faith and culture.