Jerry Root

Jerry Root is a Professor of Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College and serves as the Director of the Evangelism Initiative. Jerry is a graduate of Whittier College and Talbot Graduate School of Theology at Biola University; he received his PhD from the Open University. Jerry is the author or co-author of numerous books on C.S. Lewis, including The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis: An Introduction, with Mark Neal, C.S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme, and The Soul of C.S. Lewis: A Meditative Journey through Twenty-six of His Best Loved Writings. Jerry is the co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism and co-editor, with Wayne Martindale, of The Quotable C.S. Lewis. He also teaches graduate courses (MA in Evangelism and Leadership Program) and undergraduate courses (Christian Formation and Ministry Department) at Wheaton College. In addition, Jerry has been a visiting professor at Talbot Graduate School of Theology and Biola University from 1990 to the present. He and his wife, Claudia, have four grown children - all of whom are married - and thirteen grandchildren.


2018 Forum Sessions

Post-Luncheon Workshops

Afternoon Workshops


Post-Luncheon Workshops

C.S. Lewis's Big Ideas

Every author of note will generally focus on a few big ideas in the midst of the many topics that occur in their writing. C. S. Lewis was certainly such an author. There are themes that reverberate throughout his published work, themes worthy of consideration for any thoughtful Christian. This is a seminar that looks at the big ideas in Lewis: defining them, illustrating them from his work; and applying them to Christian ministry.


Afternoon Workshops

The Book of Job

The book of Job is one of the most intriguing books of the Bible because it addresses one of the most significant human questions which is perennially asked throughout the centuries and across the cultures. Why do the righteous suffer? Many people believe that Job does not get an answer to his heart-wrenching, almost fist-shaking cries to God to justify Himself. In this seminar we will see that Job does get an answer and it is one that is deeply significant to the mission of God to the world.


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