Rev. Dr. Peter G. Heltzel

– Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Office phone: 212-870-1252

Educational Background

  • BA Wheaton College
  • MDiv Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • PhD Boston University


Religious Affiliation

  • Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Peter Goodwin Heltzel is Associate Professor of Theology at New York Theological Seminary. He is the author of Resurrection City: A Theology of Improvisation (Eerdmans) and Jesus and Justice: Evangelicals, Race and American Politics (Yale University Press).  His edited volumes include The Chalice Introduction to Theology (Chalice Press), Evangelicals and Empire (Brazos Press) with Bruce Ellis Benson, and Theology in Global Context (T&T Clark Press) with Amos Yong.  In addition to writing for USA Today, Books & Culture, and Sojourners, he has published numerous articles in journals, such as Political Theology, Princeton Theological Review and Scottish Journal of Theology. Heltzel won a Theological Research Fellowship from the Association of Theological Schools (2006-2007), a Sabbatical Fellowship from the Louisville Institute (2008-2009), and was a participant in the Luce/AAR Program in Comparative Theology and Theologies of Religion (2010-2011).  An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he serves as Assistant Pastor of Evangelism at Park Avenue Christian Church. He also serves on the Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Team and the Commission on the Ministry in the Northeastern Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is currently writing a systematic theology that demonstrates the relevance of prophetic Christianity for the growing global movement for justice.  Heltzel lives in Harlem with his wife, mezzo-soprano Sarah Heltzel. His personal website is


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