John Wesley Honors College

Meet Professor Lexi Eikelboom

Professor Eikelboom’s postdoc appointment in the JWHC begins this fall. In addition to furthering her research, she will bring her passion and expertise to the Liberal Learning & Life Calling Seminars, “What is Truth?” and “What is Beauty?”, as well as work collaboratively with students in an Honors Research Tutorial.

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Lexi will complete her doctoral studies in theology this summer at the University of Oxford. Before coming to Oxford to study under the direction of Professor Graham Ward, she graduated with a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies and Psychology from Canadian Mennonite University in 2011. She also earned a Master of Studies in Christian Ethics in 2012 from the University of Oxford.

During her time at Oxford, Lexi and her husband (Paul) have served as Junior Deans for the Centre for Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (the UK subsidiary of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, CCCU), managing a house of approximately 40 visiting students from CCCU institutions. She has also taught tutorials on philosophy and theology, as well as courses at Sarum College on the role of film/photography in Christian spirituality.

Lexi researches at the intersection of Christian Theology and Continental Philosophy, which leads her to think about a variety of topics, particularly the relationship between theology and concepts in art and aesthetics. Her dissertation, Establishing Rhythm as a Theological Category: Experience, Metaphysics, Salvation, argues for rhythm as integral to Christian doctrine rather than merely a dimension of aesthetics or religious expression. She has been selected to present her research at a variety of theological, philosophical, and interdisciplinary conferences, including at the annual UK Society for the Study of Theology conference and at an upcoming international theology conference in Geneva. Lexi’s research has been published in journals such as the Heythrop Journal and Studies in Christian Ethics and is currently in the process of publication as a monograph.

In addition to spending time with students, friends, and her husband, Lexi enjoys painting abstract art using the mediums of charcoal, watercolor, and acrylic paint. Lexi also loves visiting art galleries, listening to NPR podcasts, and reading at least one really long book every year.