JK Melton is a Doctoral Candidate and Teaching Fellow at in the Department of Theology at Fordham University. Within systematic theology, his research is focused on ecclesiology and missiology.
JK is keenly interested in how the Eucharist might serve as a model for Christian mission in a secularized and pluralistic world. His dissertation seeks to systematize and analyze the Eucharistic ecclesiology of Rowan Williams, while also interrogating how Williams implemented his own theology with respect to issues of postcolonialism and secularization while Archbishop of Canterbury.
This dissertation is part of a multi-faceted research agenda concerning the church in the contemporary world. Recent projects have included papers on postcolonialism and conflict over human sexuality across Christian denominations, enacted synodality in the Anglican Communion, canon law and the Synod of Bishops, the role of the laity in Eucharistic ecclesiology, and Receptive Ecumenism. He has presented papers at the American Academy of Religion, regional, national, and international conferences, to parish groups, and through public interfaith dialogue.
JK delights in the challenge and excitement of the classroom. He teaches Faith and Critical Reason and Reformation Texts within the Fordham undergraduate core. These courses combine some of his favorite topics with the challenges of teaching a compulsory course.
He holds an M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, where his thesis explored postcolonial missiology, and a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Classics and Philosophy, where his thesis examined the secular authority of the bishop in Late Antiquity.
Experiences in parish ministry and missionary experiences in Tanzania, Liberia, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic motivate JK’s research questions. He loves green chili, backpacking, and skiing. He is a priest in the Episcopal Church.