Senior Fellows

Dr. Andrew Jones

Dr. Andrew Jones is the Executive Director of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and is the Publisher of Emmaus Road Publishing.


He holds a PhD in Medieval History from Saint Louis University and is an expert on the Church of the High Middle Ages. Dr. Jones has two books forthcoming: "Before Church and State: A Study of Social Order in St. Louis IX’s Sacramental Kingdom" and "The Liturgical Cosmos: Explorations in the Sacramental and Biblical Vision of Pope Innocent III." He is also working on a one volume complete history of the Catholic Church. All three books are due out in 2017. Dr. Jones has published articles on various aspects of the Medieval Church and has presented papers at numerous academic and popular conferences. He and his wife, Sara, have six children and live in Steubenville, Ohio.

Curriculum Vitae

Current Positions:


Director, St Paul Center for Biblical Theology. 2014-Present;

Publisher, Emmaus Road Publishing and Emmaus Academic. 2014-Present

Faculty Fellow in Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville. 2017-Present





Doctorate in European History, Saint Louis University, 2012.

Major Field: Medieval Europe

Secondary Field: Early Modern Europe

Dissertation: “A Most Christian Kingdom: Saint Louis IX, Pope Clement IV, and the Construction of France in the Thirteenth Century”

Dissertation Committee: Damian J. Smith, Thomas F. Madden, Brenda M. Bolton.

Comprehensive Examinations Committee: Damian J. Smith, Thomas F. Madden, Warren Treadgold, Charles H. Parker, Philip R. Gavitt.


Master of Arts in History, Western Washington University, 2007.

Major Field: Medieval Europe

Secondary Field: Modern Europe

Thesis: “Quomodo vero praedicabunt nisi mittantur? The Authority to Preach in the Writings of William of Saint-Amour and Thomas Aquinas, 1255-1256”

Thesis Committee: Peter D. Diehl, Sean Murphy, Susan Amanda Eurich


Bachelor of Science, Hillsdale College, 2002.

Major: History

Minors: Economics, Mathematics

Advisor: Thomas Connor



Fellowships and Awards:


  • Graduate Fellowship at Saint Louis University, 2007-2010.
  • Passed the comprehensive examinations for the doctorate with “Distinction.”
  • Recipient of the Thomas P. Neill Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2012.
  • Senior Fellow, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology



Published Books:


Before Church and State: A Study of Social Order in the Sacramental Kingdom of St. Louis IX, (Emmaus Academic, 2017)

The book looks at the theology, legal theory, and institutions of “Church” and “State” in the thirteenth century to paint a picture of the relationship between the temporal and the spiritual powers. The book proposes that the conventional model is inadequate to capture the reality of that relationship because it is predicated on assumptions of modern statecraft and discounts the importance of the medieval sacramental world view.


Catholic Topical Index (Verbum, 2013)

I was the leader of a team of three editors who compiled this massive reference work for Catholic doctrine. The book contains over 1,000 doctrinally significant terms. For each of these terms citations to the key texts from the Catholic tradition are assembled and organized by category, for example: Old Testament, New Testament, Catechism, Denzinger, Papal Encyclicals, Ecumenical Councils, Liturgical Texts, Canon Law, Doctors of the Church, Fathers of the Church.



Books in Progress:


The Heavenly and Earthly Jerusalem: A History of Christianity

This book is a survey of the history of the Church from creation through Vatican II. It is written for the non-specialist. The work presents a narrative of Church history different than that found in the majority of texts. The work is aimed at proposing a unique interpretation of history as a whole and is more of an essay than a work of history proper. The book is fully outlined and about 50% written.

Projected completion date: Summer, 2018

Publisher: Emmaus Rd. Publishing


The Church: A Short Introduction

This book is volume 4 in the St. Paul Center high school curriculum. It, however, stands alone as an accessible introduction to ecclesiology. The book is written and is in the editorial process.

Projected completion date: Fall, 2017

Publisher: Emmaus Rd. Publishing


The Liturgical Cosmos: The Theological World of the Pope Innocent III and the Fourth Lateran Council

The book explores issues as wide ranging as reform, governance, liturgy, heresy, law, economics, and war in the High Middle Ages through an articulation of the thought and worldview of Pope Innocent III. The book is fully outlined and about 50% written. Significant research remains to be done for the second half of the book.

Projected completion date: Spring, 2019

Publisher: Emmaus Academic



Published Articles:


“The Preacher of the Fourth Lateran Council” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 18:2 (2015): 121-149.

-covers Innocent III’s understanding of the role of preaching in his sacramental ecclesiology and his ultimately liturgical understanding of social order.


“Fulk of Neuilly, Innocent III, and the Preaching of the Fourth Crusade,” Comitatus  41 (2010): 119-148.

-covers the role Fulk played in Pope Innocent III’s crusade plans, arguing that the crusade was wrapped up in the pontiff’s reform of the Church and ultimately in his campaign against evil itself.



Articles in Preparation:


“Consilium et Auxilium: Medieval Social Organization Without Church and State.”

The article argues that the accepted narrative of the medieval conflict of Church and State is a modern construction predicated on the assumptions that underpin the modern State. It proposes an alternate model based on the Trinitarian cosmology and presumption of peace that underpinned Medieval social thought.


“The Two Swords and the Two Testaments: Pope Innocent III, the Senses of Scripture, and the Meaning of Kingship”

The article presents a reading of Innocent III’s understanding of the relationship between kings and the papacy based on his use of the Old and the New Testaments. It advances an interpretation that denies the dichotomy between papal power and monarchical power.



Academic Conference Papers Read:    


“The Two Swords and the Two Testaments: Pope Innocent III, the Senses of Scripture, and the Meaning of Kingship” The Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Conference (PMR), October 14-16, 2016, Villanova University


“Justice, the State, and the Law in St. Louis’s Parlement” The Second Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, June 16-18, 2014, Saint Louis University.         


“An Enqueteur Talks to an Inquisitor: The Context of Gui Foucois (Clement IV)'s Consultation to the Dominican Inquisitors (c. 1257)”  Forty-fifth International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 13–16, 2010, Kalamazoo, MI.


“A Crusade Without a Pope: Louis IX’s Second Crusade and the Making of Canon Law” The Second International Symposium on Crusade Studies, February 17-20, 2010, Saint Louis University.


“The Inquisition against Raymond, Bishop of Toulouse, and the Limits of Papal Power during the Reign of Urban IV (1261–1264)”  Forty-fourth International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 7–10, 2009, Kalamazoo, MI.


“The Archpriest Controversy and the Negotiation of Catholic Orthodoxy in England, 1595-1602” Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Panel on the Reformation in England, April 29, 2009, Saint Louis University.


“Crusaders, Barbarians, and the Fall of Constantinople in the History of Nicetas Choniates” The Crusades Studies Forum, February 20, 2009, Saint Louis University.


“The Preacher’s Right to sumptus in the Exchange Between Thomas Aquinas and William of Saint-Amour” Conference of the Medieval Association of the Pacific, March 2-3, 2007, UCLA.



Scholarly Talks Given:


“Before Church and State” Christendom College, April 24, 2017


“The Liturgical Cosmos: The Worldview of the High Middle Ages” a 3-part series on the Worldview of the High Middle Ages in honor of the 800th Anniversary of the Fourth Lateran Council. Franciscan University of Steubenville, October 20, 27, and November 3, 2015.



Popular Talks and Media Appearances:


Response to Steven White’s “Red, White, Blue, and Catholic”. September 8, 2016, Franciscan University of Steubenville


“Clearing Up the Crusades” on The Art of Catholic podcast with Matthew Leonard, August 11, 2016 (available here:


“Marching to Heaven: What Were the Crusaders Really Up To?” Defending the Faith Conference, July 30, 2016, Franciscan University of Steubenville


“The Most Important Church Council You’ve Never Heard Of” and “Medieval to Modern: From Hope To Despair…And Back Again” on The Art of Catholic podcast with Matthew Leonard, November 17 and 24, 2015 (available here: and


“The Methods and Technology of Scripture Study, from the Illuminated Manuscript to iPads on the Cloud” National Catholic Bible Conference, June 21-22, 2013, Doylestown, PA.

“Will the Pope Attract Followers to Church via Twitter?” Bloomberg TV, March 13th, 2013.


“Interview with Historian Andrew Jones on the History of Papal Resignations” The Sacred Page with Michael Barber Podcast, March 8, 2013 (available here:


“What’s the History on Papal Resignations?” Jimmy Akin Podcast, February 17, 2013. (available here:


“A History of Papal Resignations” Kresta in the Afternoon, February 15, 2013.


“The Unbroken Chain of Apostolic Succession” Jimmy Akin Podcast, June 16, 2012 (available here:


“Bible Study and Evangelization in the 21st Century” The Sacred Page with Michael Barber Podcast, October 21, 2011. (available here:



Teaching Experience:


Faculty Fellow, Franciscan University at Steubenville, Steubenville, OH: 2014-current


                       Theology 214: Theology of the Church

                       Theology 301: St. Francis’s Life and Charism

                       Theology 320: Catholic Social Teaching

                       Theology 402: Christian Life and Thought in Modern Times

                       Theology 740: Graduate Seminar: Christian Social Order in the Middle Ages in Thought and Practice


Adjunct Professor, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO: July, 2010 – May, 2011.                                                                                                                                                  

Courses: Origins of the Modern World since 1500


Adjunct Professor, Lindenwood University, Saint Charles, MO: January, 2010 – May, 2011.

Courses: History of the Modern World


Teaching Assistant, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO: August, 2007 – August, 2009.

Courses: Origins of the Modern World to 1500 (8); Origins of the Modern World since 1500 (8).



Professional Affiliations:

  • American Historical Association
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • American Catholic Historical Association



Special Skills:


Languages: Latin, French, Old French