MA, Theological Studies; Portland Seminary (George Fox University), Portland, OR
BS, Biblical Studies, Youth Ministry; Multnomah University, Portland, OR
Under the supervision of Gavin Hopps, my research focuses on the intersection of theology, philosophy, and film. Particularly, I’m exploring the oeuvre of Belgium filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne via the hermeneutical phenomenology Paul Ricoeur. In crafting a theological aesthetics of cinema, I’m interested in how movies affect and inform the viewer’s theological and moral imagination, how filmic stories operate as present-day postsecular parables.
Joel Mayward is a pastor, writer, youth worker and film critic. The author of three books, including “Jesus Goes to the Movies: The Youth Ministry Film Guide,” he has written about film and theology for the Journal of Religion & Film, Christianity Today, Think Christian, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Christ and Pop Culture, Fuller Seminary’s Reel Spirituality, Youth Worker Journal, and Immerse Journal. He’s been a pastor for over a decade, serving in churches in Oregon, Arizona, and British Columbia.
As a film critic, Joel is a member of the Online Film Critics Society and serves on the Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury. He writes weekly film reviews for his personal website, www.cinemayward.com. Joel is married to Katie, and they have three delightful children, Copeland, Eloise, and Alister.