Ron J. Sider

Distinguished Senior Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry, and Public Policy

Ph.D. (History): Yale University
M.A. (History): Yale University
B.D.: Yale Divinity School
B.A.: Waterloo Lutheran University

"I love Palmer's commitment to an open evangelicalism that is solidly biblical and deeply committed to holistic ministry that combines evangelism and social action. My prayer for my students is that while here they grow in their love and commitment to Jesus Christ, and develop a passion to lead people to Christ and transform the socio-economic brokenness of our world. I love teaching courses that move from biblical theology to social ethics. That includes courses on resurrection, kingdom and church, just war, pacifism, just peacemaking, and faith and public policy."

Dr. Ron Sider is known worldwide for providing leadership to the movement of evangelicals who recognize not just the spiritual, but also the social and political implications of a high view of Scripture. His book Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger was lauded by Christianity Today as being among the top 100 books in religion in the 20th century and the seventh most influential book in the evangelical world in the last 50 years.

In addition to Rich Christians, Dr. Sider has published more than 30 books, including: 

  • Christ and Violence
  • Cry Justice: The Bible on Hunger and Poverty
  • Completely Pro-Life
  • Good News and Good Works: A Theology of the Whole Gospel
  • Living Like Jesus
  • Just Generosity: A New Vision for Overcoming Poverty in America
  • The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience: Why Are Christians Living Just Like the Rest of the World
  • Just Politics: A Guide for Christian Engagement
  • I Am not a Social Activist: Making Jesus the Agenda
  • Fixing the Moral Deficit: A Balanced Way to Balance the Budget
  • The Early Church on Killing: A Comprehensive Sourcebook on War, Aboration, and Capital Punishment
  • Churches that Make a Difference
  • Saving Souls, Serving Society
  • The Scandal of Evangelical Politics: Why Are Christians Missing the Chance to Really Change the World
  • Nonviolent Action: What Christian Ethics Demands But Most Churches Have Never Really Tried

In the 1970s, Ron played a key role in the drafting of the historic Chicago Declaration, which helped set the direction for evangelicals concerned about the Bible's social implications. He is the Founder and President Emeritus of Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA), which for more than three decades has provided an organizational outlet for Christians committed to holistic ministry. ESA is a program of the Sider Center at Palmer Seminary.

An ordained minister in the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches, Ron has lectured at numerous educational institutions, including Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford.