Jim Papandrea is a teacher, author, speaker, and musician. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in music and theatre arts, Jim went on to receive his M.Div. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, with a concentration in youth ministry, then spent several years in full time ministry, focusing on youth and music ministry, and serving as a consultant in youth ministry. Jim holds a Ph.D. in the history and theology of the early Christian church from Northwestern University, with secondary concentrations in New Testament interpretation and the history of the Roman Empire. He has also studied Roman history at the American Academy in Rome, Italy.
A former protestant minister and convert to Catholicism, Jim served as Director of Adult Faith Formation at Holy Family Parish in Inverness, IL, overseeing Holy Family’s School of Ministry, Marriage Enrichment ministries, and Spiritual Renewal ministries. He is Associate Professor of Church History at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary (on the campus of Northwestern University) in Evanston. IL. He has also taught as an adjunct instructor for Barat College, Elmhurst College, Loyola University Chicago’s Institute for Pastoral Studies, and the lay formation programs of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet. He currently teaches in the Chicago Catholic Scripture School and the Deacon Formation Program of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Dr. Papandrea has written many books, including:
A Week in the Life of Rome (IVP Academic, 2019),
From Star Wars to Superman: Christ Figures in Science Fiction and Superhero Films (Sophia Institute Press, 2017),
The Earliest Christologies: Five Images of Christ in the Postapostolic Age (IVP Academic, 2016),
The Wedding of the Lamb: A Historical Approach to the Book of Revelation (Pickwick Publications, 2016), and
Reading the Early Church Fathers: From the Didache to Nicaea (Paulist Press, 2012).