Faculty

Paul Alexander


Paul Alexander
Ronald J. Sider Professor of Social Ethics & Public Policy
palexander@eastern.edu
(484) 384-2973

Paul Alexander
Ph.D. (Religion & Theological Ethics, minor Anthropology): Baylor University
M.Div.: Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
B.S. (Cross-Cultural Studies): Southwestern University

“Working for peace with justice is difficult, but it's worth it - especially when we can do it together across theological, religious, and nonreligious boundaries. I seek to inspire students at Palmer to learn to work for the good of all in our pluralistic world."

In addition to teaching at the Seminary, Dr. Alexander co-directs the Seminary’s Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy and is the Co-President of Evangelicals for Social Action.  Prior to coming to Palmer in 2010, he taught four years at Azusa Pacific University’s Graduate School of Theology and nine years at Southwestern University. Paul has published seven books and dozens of articles. His first book, Peace to War: Shifting Allegiances in the Assemblies of God (Cascadia/Herald Press, 2009), won the Pneuma Book of the Year award and reflects in part his efforts to explore the history, demise, and possible reemergence of a peace with justice witness in the Pentecostal movement.

Paul's keynote addresses on religion, peacemaking, and justice include The Hague, Netherlands (Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs); Pune, India for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and Bethlehem for Bethlehem Bible College. He co-founded Pentecostals & Charismatics for Peace & Justice in July, 2001 and is editor of the book series Pentecostals, Peacemaking, and Social Justice.  Paul is also an alumnus of the Shalom Hartman Institute (Jerusalem) & American Jewish Committee's Christian Leadership Initiative. His organizational memberships and academic presentations include the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Pentecostal Studies (which he served as president in 2013), and the Society of Christian Ethics.