Jon Kershner

Religion Department

Status:Not Teaching

Curriculum Vitae: View my CV

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Ph.D. , Theology, University of Birmingham (UK), 2013
  • M.Div., Religoin, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2005
  • B.A., Christian Ministries, George Fox University, 2001

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Historical Theology
  • Quaker Studies
  • Apocalyptic Movements and Religious Radicalism
  • American Religions


  • Quakers, Creation Care, and Sustainability: Quakers and the Disciplines: Volume 6 Chapters 7 (Friends Association for Higher Education 2019) : View Book
  • Quakers and Mysticism Comparative and Syncretic Approaches to Spirituality Chapters 1 and 7 (PalgraveMaMillan Press 2019)
  • John Woolman and the Government of Christ A Colonial Quaker's Vision for the British Atlantic World (Oxford University Press 2018) : View Book
  • Quaker Studies: An Overview The Current State of the Field (Brill 2018) : View Book
  • "To Renew the Covenant" Religious Themes in Eighteenth-Century Quaker Abolitionism (Brill 2018) : View Book
  • The Cambridge Companion to Quakerism Chapters 16 (Cambridge University Press 2018) : View Book
  • Quakers and Literature: Quakers and the Disciplines Volume 3 Chapters 2 (Friends Association for Higher Education 2016) : View Book
  • Quakers and Their Allies in the Abolitionist Cause, 1754-1808 Chapters 6 (Routledge 2015) : View Book


Dr. Jon R. Kershner, a Washington native, earned a B.A. in Christian Ministries from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, in 2001. After working in a Quaker church for a year, he and his wife packed their few belongings into a U-Haul and drove cross-country to New Jersey, where he began a Master’s in Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary. Upon graduation in 2005, he returned to the beautiful northwest where he took a position as a Pastor in a Quaker Church in Northeast Tacoma. In 2008, he resigned his role as Pastor and began a Ph.D. in Theology with the University of Birmingham (UK), spending a couple months each year in England. In 2013, he completed his Ph.D., which explored the apocalypticism of eighteenth century Quaker proto-abolitionist, John Woolman (1720-1772).

Since 2012, Dr. Kershner has taught theology, Quaker Studies, and peace and justice issues at Earlham School of Religion in Indiana, Barclay College in Kansas, and University of Lancaster (UK). He has published articles and chapters on Quaker antislavery efforts, global theology and colonial American theology. His teaching interests include theologies of peace and justice, historical theology and the history of Christianity.

Dr. Kershner makes his home in Renton with his wife Jessica, a high school math teacher, and their two daughters. When he is not researching or teaching, he enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, listening to baseball on the radio (the way God meant it), and reading.