Established in 2019 at John Brown University, the Center for Faith and Flourishing aims to express, defend, and promote the university’s historic mission of educating for head, heart, and hand through lectures, seminars, and individual funding for conferences. Our programs allow students and experts a means of addressing the pressing questions about human flourishing and personal faith.

What Students Say

“The Center has challenged my perspective, deepened my understanding, and equipped me to engage in dialogue about several critical topics in today’s society.”

Owen T. | Class of ’21

“The Center’s work challenges students across disciplines to become more inquisitive and more integrated in their academic approach.”

Maddie M. | Class of ’20

“Faith and flourishing is a mysterious combination, but the synthesis of these ideals is needed in our current society and campus.”

Caitlyn A. | Class of ’21

Faculty & Staff

Dr. James Bruce


James Bruce is associate professor of philosophy and the inaugural director of the Center for Faith and Flourishing at John Brown University.

Educated at Dartmouth, Oxford, and Baylor in Engineering Sciences and English, Theology, and Philosophy, Jay loves to follow ideas across academic disciplines. His book Rights in the Law considers the relationship between God and morality in the thought of Francis Turretin (1623–1687). Jay’s next book—in progress—explores the relationship between Christianity, justice, and equality.

In addition to his academic work, Jay has written opinion pieces for everything from Arkansas Business to The Wall Street Journal. Jay was elected to membership of the Philadelphia Society in 2012, and, in 2014, he received JBU’s Faculty Excellence Award. Ordained a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America in 2018, Jay serves as associate pastor of Covenant Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Jay occasionally blogs at JamesEBruce.com, and, though he does not own a television, he has succumbed to the lure of social media. You can follow him on Twitter @JamesEBruce.

Dr. Daniel Bennett

Associate Director

Dr. Daniel Bennett is an expert on the intersection of law, politics, and religion in the United States. He is the author of Defending Faith: The Politics of the Christian Conservative Legal Movement, and has written academic articles and book chapters on political behavior, legal advocacy, and the federal courts. He has been interviewed about his research in The Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal,The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and Associated Press, among others. 

In addition to his academic writing, Dr. Bennett has also written for The Gospel CoalitionChristianity TodayReligion and PoliticsThe Monkey Cage, and Front Porch Republic. He is a founding contributor to the blog Religion in Public and also regularly blogs at Uneasy Citizenship. He is serving a two-year term as president of Christians in Political Science.

Dr. Matt Wilson

Center for Faith and Flourishing Faculty Fellow, Gateway Coordinator

Read our interview with Matt Wilson, our newest faculty member, here.

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